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OECD Recommendation

Foster transparent and effective stakeholder participation.

 

  • Develop and follow a standard process when formulating changes to the public procurement system.
  • Engage in transparent and regular dialogues with suppliers and business associations to present public procurement objectives and to assure a correct understanding of markets.
  • Provide opportunities for direct involvement of relevant external stakeholders in the procurement system.

Challenges to public procurement related to transparency include:

  • Laws and policies, general information for suppliers, select and award criteria, and contract award decisions are usually proactively disclosed; procurement plans and contract modifications less
  • Transparency and openness, while a necessary condition, is not sufficient to ensure public participation (civil society needs a specific communication and proper incentives, including trained manpower and sufficient budget to participate in procurement monitoring for instance)
  • Few countries directly involve citizens in high-value or complex procurement processes that entail significant risks or mismanagement

Country Cases

 Standard processes when formulating changes to the public procurement system  

 

Transparent and regular dialogues with suppliers and business associations to present public procurement objectives and to assure a correct understanding of markets   

 

Opportunities for direct involvement of relevant external stakeholders    

 

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