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Governments invest in new digital procurement tech

Jul 22, 2021
Tech providers are reporting recent growth for digital procurement services at state and local levels. e-bidding procurement platform for state and local governments DemandStar, for example, recently said it had gained 200 new clients in the first half of this year, which already equals the number...

Public sector next to adopt open innovation

Jul 22, 2021
Open innovation, which focuses on posing a question or a problem and inviting companies to solve it, is a growing trend, mainly embraced so far by large companies but increasingly by smaller ones too. But progress of its use has been slow by the public sector, especially by the military or the...

SMEs to spend $90 billion on cyber-security in 2025

Jul 22, 2021
A new report has found that spending on cyber-security among the world’s small and mid-sized enterprises will grow by more than €25 billion ($30bn) in the next four years. The worldwide figure by 2025 will stand at €76 billion ($90bn), with managed security services making up one-third of...

UN sustainable procurement survey

Jun 9, 2021
The UN Environmental Programme is partnering with Arizona State University researchers and other experts to develop the 2021 Global Review of Sustainable Public Procurement, following the 2013 and 2017 editions. The stakeholder survey is to help better understand the state of sustainable...

Consultation Response: Transforming Public Procurement Green Paper

May 20, 2021
Among the announcements in the UK’s 2021 Queen’s Speech is that a new Procurement Bill is to be introduced in the next session of the UK Parliament. That bill builds upon the consultation in the Green Paper on procurement reform which closed in March 2021. The UK government’s aim is to...

WHO Procurement Report 2020

May 20, 2021
The World Health Organization report provides information on the WHO’s procurement activities in 2020. It covers procurement of goods and services, and also includes Covid-19-related procurements. The report provides procurement statistics — it says “over the past years, WHO has purchased on...

UK Gov considering minimum cyber security requirements in public procurement

May 20, 2021
A 2021 survey by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) found just 12% of businesses reviewed cyber risks from immediate suppliers, while just one in 20 (5%) did so for wider supply chains, down on 9% in 2020. The UK government is considering setting minimum cyber security...