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Draft Recommendation of the Council on Public Procurement

 

The importance of public procurement

Public procurement is an important economic and government activity. It involves significant funds and it is used to deliver public services to citizens as well as achieve policy goals such as job creation, the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), environmental sustainability or innovation. It represents around 30% of general government expenditure and 13% of GDP in the OECD,  which translates to approximately €4.3 trillion in 2012.

Since the adoption of the 2008 Recommendation of the Council on Enhancing Integrity in Public Procurement, interest in the governance of public procurement has continued to expand. To address this interest, a draft Recommendation of the Council on Public Procurement (hereafter the “draft Recommendation”) has been developed by the OECD Governance and Territorial Development Directorate with input from the Leading Practitioners on Public Procurement and across the OECD. The draft Recommendation is still being discussed at the OECD and will be revised, as the result of additional consultation and in response to the public comments received.

While earlier work focused on enhancing integrity in public procurement, this new draft will address public procurement in a broader and more holistic sense and will support country reforms in creating an overarching approach to public procurement that fosters inclusive growth. In addition to providing more detail regarding procurement specific elements, the draft also connects public procurement to other elements of governance, including budgeting and secondary policy objectives.

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This new draft Recommendation (pdf) will address these developments by reaffirming the role of public procurement as a strategic function and by providing clear and effective guidance on how to implement a public procurement system that uses state-of-the-art tools and techniques to use public funds sustainably and efficiently.

 

Related Documents

 

Procurement Principles

OECD Draft Recommendation on Procurement- Concept Note

 

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