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 Industrial Strategy Says It Will Improve Public Procurement

The UK government published its Industrial Strategy this week, intended to help prepare the UK economy for leaving the European Union. It sets out a plan to “boost the productivity and earning power of people” and describes four “grand challenges” (which sounds a little Stalinist …) the government wants to address, including the rise of artificial intelligence, clean growth, the future of mobility and an ageing society. There are actually quite a few mentions of procurement, although often in passing rather than with any real detail. Here are some ...

Unlocking Public Value – Will New Report Change Anything?

What should be an important report for government was issued this month in the UK. We say “should be” because the initial reaction to it was muted, to say the least. The report comes from Sir Michael Barber, a distinguished academic, writer, and adviser, perhaps best known for leading the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit (PMDU) back in the Tony Blair era.  We have some criticisms of the new report, “Delivering better outcomes for citizens: practical steps for unlocking public value,” but there is much to admire too - such as ...

Raj Sharma was in London this week and gave us an an update on progress in the US and globally in terms of PSF via a successful webinar presentation. He then went on to talk about what PSF can usefully do in the UK in particular and elsewhere outside the US more generally to support public procurement professionals. Peter Smith was also involved in that discussion, asking pertinent questions of Raj and helping to answer questions directed from the audience. You can listen to the on-demand webinar here - just register and launch the presentation.


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