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.

NAO On Commercial & Contract Management – “Plan For Uncertainties”

Many contracts, often the larger and more sensitive, need to adapt through their lifetime. But if the contract is not well designed up front, that can be difficult or even impossible. Even where changes can be made, that might be at the expense of cost or delivery. The NAO has compiled a set of commercial and contract management advice, or insights as they call them. Today we look at Plan for Uncertainties and add our own thoughts.

Avoiding Using Unsolicited Proposals To Circumvent Regulations And Best Practices When Procuring PPPs

PSF member, David Baxter, writes: Over the past year, I have become increasingly aware of an emerging trend by governments to consider Unsolicited Proposals (USPs) as a panacea to unlock the inertia that they face in launching Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) or for attracting much needed foreign investment in critically needed infrastructure. USPs have their merits in that they can they can introduce innovation, but they also expose governments – especially those which are PPP novices - to nefarious financial deals that can saddle governments with long-term debt and projects they cannot afford. He explores further.


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