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UK Must Rejoin Government Procurement Agreement

Bloomberg writes that the US could block the UK from a 46-nation public procurement agreement after it leaves the EU, and that the UK is looking to rejoin the Government Procurement Agreement which was set up under the auspices of the World Trade Agreement. The UK currently participates in the...


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Tackling Modern Slavery in the Supply Chain – Private Sector Needs Government Incentives

The UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand say other governments could do more to tackle modern slavery in global supply chains. "By working together, the UK and its partners can use their $600 billion of purchasing power as a lever to prevent forced labour in both the public and private...


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How Well Does DFID Secure Value for Money? – New Report

The Independent Commission for Aid Impact has released a report “Achieving value for money through procurement,” which is a performance review of DFID – the Department for International Development. In 2016-17 DFID spent £1.4 billion, or 14% of its budget, through commercial suppliers on...


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Entering the Digital Age – A Look at Network Rail

There was a very good article this week on RailEngineer titled “Signalling procurement enters the Digital Age.” It’s an interesting read because, while it is an industry-specific subject, it is relevant to other industries, highlighting that as businesses embrace the digital age, so the...



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Public Contracts Timescales Update

Tenders Direct has published the revised minimum timescales that apply in each type of procurement procedure. These timescales specify the number of calendar days required between a notice being sent to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) for publication and the deadline for...


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Progress Since the 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit

In 2016 43 governments made over 600 anti-corruption commitments at the Anti-Corruption Summit in London. To keep up the pressure on countries to stick to their commitments, Transparency International UK launched the Anti-Corruption Pledge Tracker in 2017. TI is now tracking progress across 116...




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Smarter Procurement in the Public Sector - Webinar

Public Spend Forum runs a series of best practice public procurement webinars which explore how procurement professionals can and are using technology, leaner processes and smarter ways of working to deliver more value to their customers. The next one focuses on two case studies from New York...