Engaging with the NHS on data driven health tech. Change is coming to the NHS (and right about time after WannaCry last year…)
1. UK East Coast rail franchise expected to be scrapped 'in days'. For the third time in 10 years one should add...
2. Carillion used its suppliers to "prop up falling business model". 120 payment days are not really new or unexpected in the field of public procurement (and others - just check Amazon's payment terms and how it survives on free cashflow...)
1. Colombia could use some more competition in public procurement (Spanish only). Funny how Colombia understands that having one or only two bidders on each tender is a competition risk, whereas Portugal doesn't.
3. How good are the opportunities published on the Digital Marketplace? A great "hot or not" take on contract postings.
2. Can technology solve the problem of extra costs in procurement? (Spanish only) I suspect that is not going to happen (at least fully) unless technology solves the problem of incomplete contracts...for all contracts.
1. Some local councils in Portugal take up to 2,000 days to pay their suppliers (Portuguese only).
3. Nationalists would implement transparent digital public procurement system in Malta. Well, it has to happen by 2018 anyway. Same party also wants to spend 25% of procurement spend with SMEs.
4. Indian Government creates "Make in India" local preference (20%) for public contracts. What can go wrong?
5. Macau considers new public procurement law to "reduce tendency of public departments to split up service contracts, thereby avoiding the need for tendering". Funny how the same problems/strategies can crop up anywhere in the world...
2. UK Government will impose 'Cyber Essentials' certificate to all its contractors handling sensitive data. "...Or equivalent" I would say until 2019.
4. Bidders will ‘say everything’ to win foreign aid contracts. Only foreign aid contracts? Really? And note what smaller suppliers have to say about framework agreements...
5. EU criticises new Australian Government procurement guidelines. Community benefits/social considerations, Australian style.
5. UK Government Communications framework agreement attracts small businesses. Fine, what about the success rates?
Episode #31 of the best (and only?) podcast about public procurement is up. This time the interviewee is Francesco Decarolis from the Einaudi Centre for Economics and Finance and we spent some quality time talking about reputation and corruption in public procurement, including how a contracting authority nudged contractors to take their reputation more seriously.
Francesco was awarded a coveted ERC Starting Grant and will be doing in depth research in this area for the next few years.
3. The best way to build big is to start small. Agreed, way too many initiatives in public sector are based in delusions of grandeur when there is plenty of low hanging fruit yet to be picked.
4. A more transparent public procurement (Catalan only). Mostly about how perspectives on public procurement have changed in Catalonia, albeit those reductions are fairly minor.
5. Compliance and public procurement (Spanish only). I suspect this will be a bigger topic in the years to come as procurement gets dragged more and more into a compliance frameset.