Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to European public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public sector market. Around Europe, we are talking about well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens being spent by government and public sector bodies of some sort. Worth doing well, you might consider. So here is a roundup of what we were discussing this week.

'Mirror Mirror on the Wall' – which country has the riskiest supply chain of them all?

The results of insurance company FM Global’s ‘Global Resilience Index’ ranks countries based on their ability to tolerate disruptive events. It helps companies assess the risk level of suppliers and customers based on where they are located. Because supply chain risk is such a hot topic and relevant to all sectors, we thought we’d take a look - here's a roundup of the findings and links to further reading.

"Buy Local / National" Moves In Public Procurement Could Lead To Dangerous Protectionist Behaviour

The movement towards a more protectionist attitude to trade and also to government procurement is being seen in Europe, Australia, the US, India and various African nations too. At its extreme, it sees government procurement expenditure primarily as a tool to support “local” or national interests and suppliers. We have seen little written in defence of free trade, open access to markets, and the benefits of a public procurement approach that puts other factors at the heart of the activity, so her are some negatives around a protectionist approach.

NAO on Commercial & Contract Management  - Be An Intelligent Client

The UK’s National Audit Office issued a very useful document on “Commercial and contract management: insights and emerging best practice”. We are looking into a more detailed review of its content and findings. For each area the NAO has covered, we will look at their content and then give any additional analysis or thoughts we would add to the mix. Today, we will take a look at 'Be an intelligent client.'

Admiral Gilbeau Is Sentenced In Fat Leonard US Navy Corruption Case

“Fat Leonard” (Leonard Glenn Francis) ran a business based in South-east Asia that provided services for ships docking at various ports, and was a major supplier to the US Navy. But in a court case last year, he was found guilty of bribing US naval officers to make sure they chose his firm, then significantly over-charging the Navy. Bribes included cash but also the services of prostitutes. Here's the latest developments.

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