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Transforming Public Procurement-Consultation Open

in December 2020, we shared the UK Government's Green Paper consultation on ‘Transforming Public Procurement’ which outlines proposed measures to be included in the Procurement Bill. The Government’s response to the consultation was published in December 2021 including an analysis of 600 responses from government, industry, trade bodies and others. The Procurement Bill was then introduced ...

Procurement Rules Tighten for New Zealand

Following the recent adjustments made to procurement laws in the UK based on national security, New Zealand's Government Procurement (NZGP) is also taking steps to strengthen its own national security through tighter procurement rules. New guidelines coming into effect on August 14th, aim to provide guidance to government procurement bodies to mitigate state security risks when ...
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North Macedonia Joins WTO Government Procurement Act

The Government Procurement Agreement 2012 (GPA), under the World Trade Organisation (WTO), aims to establish fair, open, and transparent competition in government procurement markets worldwide, which collectively exceeds $13 trillion. The GPA consists of 21 parties representing 48 WTO members, with an additional 35 WTO members participating in the Committee on Government Procurement as observers. Through this ...

Permissions Capability Procurement Shortcomings

It's been a busy week for government procurement audits globally, including the most recent report from the Australian National Audit Office(ANAO), looking at the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs or the department) procurement process for a ‘Global Digital Platform’ (GDP), an IT workflow system to modernise the processing of Australian visa applications. The procurement process originally ...

Net Zero Needs Further Action, Says NAO

A new National Audit Office (NAO) report highlights that further action is needed by the UK Government to strengthen governance and delivery mechanisms, if it is to secure value for money for its £4.2bn of innovation spending in pursuit of net zero. The NAO’s latest study investigates whether the government is set up to deliver value for ...

Critical Audit on Australia’s Frigate Procurement

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has recently released its findings into a review of the Department of Defence (Defence) 2018 procurement of Hunter class frigates. The acquisition of nine frigates was a key part of the Australian Government’s planned expenditure on naval shipbuilding and maritime capability. The ANAO review builds on previous Auditor-General work on Department ...

Space To Innovate- New UK Gov Opportunity

The UK Government's, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) Space Systems Programme has announced it is seeking proposals to aid UK Defence and Security in developing future space science and technologies. The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) Space to Innovate Campaign was established in 2019 as a space themed DASA competition.The Space to Innovate Campaign was set ...

EU Council Joint Procurement Under European Peace Facility

The European Union Council has adopted an assistance measure worth €1 billion under the European Peace Facility (EPF) that will further contribute to strengthening the capabilities of Ukraine to defend its independence against  Russian military aggression. The EPF was created in 2021 to support partners around the world in the areas of military and defence, with the ...

Measuring Sustainable Public Procurement

One of the projects we are most proud of is working with The Open Contracting Partnership to create a Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) toolkit. The toolkit provides practical insights for the day-to-day needs of procurement professionals on adopting and measuring sustainable procurement.In this article we look at measuring sustainable public procurement. What is 'sustainable public procurement' uptake? Sustainable ...

New Tech Disrupts Traditional Government Procurement

A Silicon Valley startup, GLASS, has created a revolutionary new tech, Glass Commerce, an e-commerce marketplace enabling compliant transactions between government buyers and verified vendors, including small businesses, without bids or paperwork. Glass Commerce is designed to power local Business to Government (B2G) relationships resulting in the purchase of goods, services, software and rentals under $25,000 (USD). Paola ...

Green Public Procurement: New Report

At Spend Network, we are always on the look out for governments, think tanks, research bodies, and other organisations who are working with public procurement to increase transparency, and improve outcomes of for communities through public spend. The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) have presented their latest research on Green Public Procurement (GPP) in the EU. Researchers reviewed ...

EU Agrees on Anti-Coercion Instrument

The European Commission and European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade have agreed on an anti-coercion instrument (ACI) which will enable public procurement measures, import tariffs and trade restrictions to be placed against third countries who apply economic pressure or bidding coercion on member states. The legislation was first proposed in December 2021 by the European Commission after ...

£256 Million Contract for Cyprus Awarded by UK Government

The UK Ministry of Defence  has awarded a £256 million contract, for work, repairs, servicing, and facilities management for the UK defence site in Cyprus Mitie Defence Limited has won the contract,covering RAF Akrotiri, Episkopi, Dhekelia, Ayios Nikolias, Troodos, Bloodhound Camp and Radio Sonde. The contract will come into force in the autumn 2023 and will include ...

What Is Beneficial Ownership Anyway?

Beneficial ownership refers to the real person(s) who ultimately owns or controls a company or other legal entity. This information is often hidden behind complex ownership structures, which can make it difficult to track the flow of money and identify potential corruption or other financial crime. Transparency of beneficial ownership is important for government procurement for a ...

Australian Government Responds to COVID-19 Procurement Review

Many governments around the world have faced pressure regarding their procurement of COVID-19 treatments and vaccines, so it is encouraging to see The Australian Government releasing its response to the Halton review into procurement of Covid 19 vaccine and treatment. In June 2022, a review was called into Covid purchasing and procurement by the Australian Minister for ...

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