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The buyers that spoiled Christmas 2020

Welcome to our annual run down of the buyers that are most likely to spread misery for suppliers at Christmas. Here are the buyers that are publishing tenders that require a supplier to respond either in the last days before Christmas or within the first working week of January. This year, the British Council has pipped DEFRA to top spot with …

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Why Blacklisting Is Harder Than You Think.

Sadly, we don’t have to look far to find examples of suppliers being accused of illegality. The Grenfell enquiry heard evidence that suppliers sold products that they knew “were dangerous to life” . McKinsey is being asked by a parliamentary committee in South Africa to answer for payments made to a firm controlled by the Guptas, and there’s a wealth of …

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Build Back Younger?

Joe Biden’s exhortation to ‘build back better’, which has also been used by Boris Johnson, is broadly equivalent to the more arch comment that Winston Churchill made during the war: “never let a good crisis go to waste.” Governments looking to reinvigorate their economies should consider their procurement spend as one of their critical tools. Governments typically spend around 12% of …

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UK Government Launches Plans To Transform Procurement.

The UK government yesterday launched a green paper, a series of proposed changes to procurement rules, purporting to put transparency and increased community value at the centre of its new approach. Certainly 2020 has seen the Government come under significant scrutiny in it’s procurement processes, with a litany of ineffective contracts awarded in the emergency response to the pandemic. If there …

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More Governments Improve Transparency.

It is always encouraging to see government procurement transparency improving around the world. Brazil and Cote d’Ivoire have both recently applied to the GPA, Agreement on Government Procurement, a plurilateral agreement of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The agreement regulates the procurement of goods and services, based on the principles of openness, transparency and non-discrimination. Adopting the GPA ensures that a …

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