This is our weekly European public procurement news round-up. We will be bringing you recent public sector stories and information from around Europe’s news portals, reporting on how more than a trillion Euros of taxpayer money is being spent. This will become part of a future initiative to bring you more frequent, online reporting. Watch this space.

Training of Trainers in Gambia

“The Gambia Public Procurement Authority (GPPA) on Monday commenced a four-day intensive training of trainers (TOT) on public procurement processes and procedures,” says The Point. OK, so it’s not a European initiative, but it is being done in collaboration with the EU and is an interesting idea. At least 20 procurement officers from government ministries are participating and will go on to train other procurement officers.

Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement

The Annual Statistical Report on United Nations Procurement (ASR) provides an overview of the procurement of the United Nations system in support of its operations, projects and programmes. It holds a range of information and statistics about the categories of goods and services procured and details the countries from which the goods and services came, by supplier and contractor. It shows changes in procurement spend from 2014 to 2015 and ranks countries by overall procurement volume.

Healthcare Supply Chain Management Market Research Report 2016

The 2016 Global Healthcare Supply Chain Management Industry Report is a professional and in-depth research report on the world’s major regional market conditions of the Healthcare Supply Chain Management industry, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia) and the main countries (United States, Germany, Japan and China). It is available to purchase and a press release is here for further reading and a description.

NHS Shelford Group To Use Virtualstock Catalogue Management Tool

Spend Matters UK reports that “Shelford Group of 10 leading NHS Trusts will deploy Virtualstock’s cloud-based catalogue management solution. This is one of the first multi-site (but not nationally imposed) technology deals done in the NHS to our knowledge, and will certainly create interest in the wider health system … might this also lead to other public sector organisations taking a look at the product?” it asks. More here.

Scotland – Councils Combine Buying Power

Holyrood announces that “Three councils in the north of Scotland are to combine their buying power, in a move that is expected to deliver savings of more than £24m over the next five years.” It is hoped that a centre of excellence for procurement will be set up across the north of Scotland, attracting more councils to use this model.

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