LACK OF PROFESSIONALISM remains the greatest weakness in many countries. Procurement is not recognised as a specific profession in a third of OECD countries.
PROCUREMENT IS A CYCLE from the design of the project throughout the tender until contract management. Only half of OECD countries indicated that their recent procurement reforms have addressed the whole public procurement cycle.
PERFORMANCE-BASED MONITORING of procurement systems is the exception to the rule. Few countries monitor the performance of procurement systems and processes based on data and benchmarks.
RISKS AND OPPORTUNITY COSTS are rarely assessed when using procurement to support socio-economic and environmental objectives. In half of OECD countries there is no prior assessment to verify that public procurement is an effective tool to achieve these objectives.
ACCESS to international procurement markets is still a challenge. Even in an
integrated market such as the European Union, less than 4% of the value of contracts
are awarded to firms from another member state.