International Procurement news from around the Globe!

The Bangladeshi Army is following the model of their counterparts in Pakistan and moving increasingly into commercial activities, establishing hotels, an ice cream supply business, and the 'Trust  Bank'.  Set up under civilian rule, it has now grown into a fully-fledged commercial bank with 40 branches nationwide.As the BBC reports;

In 2007, the military-backed caretaker government granted it exclusive rights to receive fees for passports. Former senior civil servant Akbar Ali Khan says that this is against the government's procurement rules - and there should have been an open tender to ensure that the cheapest and best passport service was selected.

Whatever the procurement rights and wrongs, perhaps this is a model the UK MOD would like to follow before their budget is slashed?  They could buy Northern Rock, which the Government is keen to sell and can easily be made highly profitable again - two birds with one stone!

Now this is a bit more interesting than the usual tender opportunity for Highways Maintenance or Furniture... The Independent features this tender opportunity from  Singapore, where apparently shyness is such a problem that the Government has to persuade young people to ask each other for dates.

The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) issued a tender this month through the government's official procurement website calling for proposals on how to encourage singles to date.  "This tender is called to engage a communications agency to conceptualise, plan and implement a public communications campaign to promote dating," said a notice on the site.

No jokes about procurement or professional services please...

And finally, in the far off and way beyond our understanding land that is the British National Health Service, Nicholas Timms of the FT, one of the very best commentators on the UK public sector, has a thought provoking article here.  He examines whether the GP Commissioning changes announced recently might take us towards the Dutch health system, with a very small number of health commissioners (private insurance companies)  competing for individuals' 'business' ?

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