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OECD Review of Procurement Systems in Mexico’s Health Sector




The OECD has recently concluded a fact-finding mission to the Mexican Institute of Social Security (Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social – IMSS) in Mexico City. Between 25 and 29 July, the OECD and lead peer reviewers from Chile and the United Kingdom met with policy makers and practitioners from IMSS to learn about how they manage their procurement cycle based on their specific challenges in providing health services, and the specific legal and regulatory environment in which they operate. These discussions culminated with a fruitful seminar where the lead reviewers shared their experiences in procurement strategies, systems and processes, particularly in relation to healthcare.

The fact-finding mission and seminar were completed in the context of the ongoing OECD Review of Procurement Systems of IMSS. Over the last few months, the OECD has joined forces with IMSS to assess its procurement systems against the OECD Recommendation on Enhancing Integrity in Public Procurement, and benchmarking them with similar public organisations in other OECD countries. This work supports decision makers in strengthening the standards of transparency, accountability and effectiveness in Mexican public agencies.


The review will be completed by the end of 2011 with the delivery of a report. The final publication will cover challenges in the whole procurement cycle, from needs analysis to contract delivery and management.


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