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The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) is one of five regional commissions of the United Nations Secretariat and comprises the following member countries: Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, the State of Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan, the Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

ESCWA seeks beneficial long-term relationships with suppliers in order to build up reliable and competitive sources to meet its procurement needs. Doing business with ESCWA provides a unique and cost-effective way to learn about investment opportunities in developing countries and emerging markets. The relationship facilitates entry into those markets and contributes to the sustainable growth of developing countries and their integration into the global economy.

Those wishing to do business with ESCWA need to understand the dynamics of the United Nations system and how its activities are linked to one another.

The Commission’s procurement activities are managed by the Procurement Unit, which secures commodities through competitive solicitation from qualified vendors registered in the United Nations Global Market (UNGM).

United Nations procurement units seek best value for money. Bids and proposals are processed on a competitive basis.