Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Forum is dedicated to public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for improving public procurement and the public sector market. In Europe alone, we are talking about well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens being spent by governments and public sector bodies. Worth doing well, you might consider.

Part of the PSF site is dedicated to Europe-related issues, and that is where you will find our articles and news stories from this week. It will require a one-off, quick registration to view them. Please join us – follow the links in the summaries below.

UK Government SME Spending Appears To Be Going Down – Not Up!

The UK government is being urged to review its public sector procurement process after a Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) report found that despite government attempts in recent years to increase spending with small businesses, of the £200 billion a year spent on third-party goods and services, very little goes through small firms. In fact only 23% of small and medium-size businesses (SMEs) have worked with the public sector in the last year. This is 2% lower than in 2014. And the number of SMEs, which had expressed an interest in competing for a public sector contract in the last year, has also fallen – down 4%. The report looks at why this might be and makes some recommendations.

High Corruption In Nigerian Public Sector Procurement Affects Quality Of Lives

A former Nigerian Minister has said that corruption in the country’s public sector procurement process accounts for over 70% of the government’s total budget and that that corruption in procurement has “affected the efficiency of public spending and the opportunities to improve quality of lives of Nigerians”. Clearly, if the 70% figure is anywhere near the truth, that must be true. Is corruption just too well embedded, at too senior a level, we ask. If that is the case, then no matter how hard procurement professionals try, they perhaps cannot overcome entrenched corruption at the highest levels. Or are the procurement professionals involved themselves, and complicit in the problem?

What Can Blockchain Do For Public Procurement?

Although not one of our regular 'news' stories, this article by Bertrand Maltraverne gives some interesting insight into Blockchain and its applications in public procurement. He describes it as a form of digital trust - trust is at the center of public and private affairs, and this description gives a better sense of the full range of applications and possibilities that blockchain has to offer. By design, blockchain technology stores information in secure way so that it is unalterable, traceable, and robust. It has wide-reaching applications in the public sector, especially because government agencies can use this technology to replace existing processes and systems which are inefficient because they are currently lacking trust and a clear source of truth.

And in other European public sector news ...

Hospital Breaches Procurement Law With Lack Of Transparency In Procuring Equipment, Furniture And IT In One Package

No Agreed Status On £140 Million Of Taxpayers’ Money For Ulster-Scots

EC Temporarily Bans Slovakian Government From Drawing On EU Programme Funds

Ofcom Welsh Branch Controversial Contract Terminated

 

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