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Dubai’s Dafza New Platform for B2B Commerce

A proposal has been accepted for Dubai Airport Freezone Authority to form a joint team from free zones to work with government entities in an integrated and interactive way on B2B commerce. The platform, Dubai Blink, uses artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, and virtual business...


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Sustainable Cities Platform and the Transformative Action Award

The Transformative Action Award rewards ongoing or concluded innovative local and regional initiatives that achieve a socio-cultural, socio-economic and technological transformation of societies by using the pathways identified in the Basque Declaration. The award is co-organised by ICLEI Europe...





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The Case for Plain Language Contracts

We read with interest ‘The Case for Plain-Language Contracts’ in the Harvard Business Review by Shawn Burton – and thanks to Hal Good for highlighting it on LinkedIn. In it the author lays down plainly and simply why out-dated, ‘ jargonese ’-style contracts are – or should be – a thing of the...


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Procurement Innovation – What Does It Really Mean?

We know that “Procurement Innovation” is something that is dear to the hearts of many Public Spend Forum readers and indeed many working on both the buy and supply sides of the public procurement world, across many countries. But as this has become a hot topic, it has also led to some confusion...


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Sustainable Procurement Project CO2 Emissions Savings Success

SPP Regions - European regional networks of municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI), which is run by ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) – has recently concluded its CO2 savings project which involved the...


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Toronto Province Eliminates Bid Submission Fees

A province of Toronto Canada has announced it is eliminating the fees businesses have to pay to access procurement contracts. Although not a European story, we wonder whether it’s an initiative that may encourage other provinces, indeed other regions, that do charge, to do the same in the light...