This brochure highlights the key findings of the Progress Report, including the following:
- The majority of countries have developed strategies or policies at some level on the adoption of strategic policy objectives, in particular for environmental protection and the promotion of SME participation.
- Award criteria now encompass more and more non-price attributes using a ”best price-quality ratio” with almost two-thirds of central purchasing bodies using Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT) award criteria for most purchases.
- The usage of e-procurement systems is widespread and countries are leveraging digital technologies to gather meaningful data for measuring effectiveness and to increase transparency by publishing procurement information.
- However, only a minority of countries have a formal performance-management system established.
- More than two-thirds of countries hold regular dialogues with suppliers and business associations in a variety of institutional settings.
- An overwhelming majority of countries have central purchasing bodies (CPBs), and they are increasingly focusing on collaborative procurement instruments such as framework agreements to drive efficiency and cost effectiveness.
- Capacity of the public procurement workforce remains a challenge in many countries. Most countries organise on-the-job trainings and education courses for public procurers, though only a minority of countries make them compulsory.
- More and more countries are developing strategies for the assessment, prevention and mitigation of public procurement risks. One specific risk is conflict of interest: in more than two-thirds of countries, public procurement officials have to declare either “no conflict of interest” or notify the competent authority in case of potential conflict of interest during a procedure.
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