Public Procurement Conference 2021

Thursday 10th June 2021 • Online Conference

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The procurement landscape

Irish Government Procurement represents over €17 billion annually of public money with 94% of public spending remaining in Ireland and 54% being spent with SMEs.

The Programme for Government 2020 set out an ambitious agenda for public procurement. It commits to ensuring strong value-for-money for the taxpayer whilst seeking to minimise the environmental impact and optimise the community benefits. It commits to support innovation in supply markets and work in partnership with suppliers. The PfG has tasked the Office of Government Procurement to update all procurement frameworks, in line with green procurement practice over the next three years.

Covid-19 pandemic has presented challenges for public procurement to meet the needs of citizens at an unprecedented time globally. Essential goods and services, particularly medical equipment and supplies for the health sector, are required quickly using effective procurement.

The National Development Plan is set to roll out €116 billion in major infrastructure projects over the coming years. Brexit also presents a challenge to the procurement landscape with changing market dynamics between Ireland and the UK.

The Climate Action Plan 2019 requires every public body to have a climate mandate, a key element of that is using public procurement to deliver change. Ireland’s public sector is a in position of significant influence to stimulate the provision of more resource-efficient, less polluting goods, services and works within the marketplace. Social procurement also provides opportunities to create a benefit beyond the purchase of goods and services including supporting local economies and job creation.

Procurement practitioners need to keep up to date with these latest developments and their implications for procurement in your organisation.

location

Where

Online

location

When

09:00
Thursday 10th June 2021

Focused conference

This conference will examine what effective procurement means for public service organisations in Ireland. It will provide a genuine, in-depth understanding of the key issues via a high level panel of speakers.

An expert panel of local and visiting experts will look at issues including:

  • Covid-19 impact on public procurement
  • Green public procurement
  • Latest European policy update
  • The need for collaborative procurement across public services
  • Best practice local government procurement
  • Professionalising public buyers
  • The impact of Brexit on organisations
  • Social procurement
  • Procurement across the health sector
  • The challenge of IT procurement
  • Attaining social and economic benefit from public purchasing
  • Best practice: Case studies from outside Ireland

Confirmed

Speakers

Katharina Knapton-Vierlich

Head of Public Procurement Unit
European Commission

Paul Quinn

CEO
Office of Government Procurement

Sorcha McKenna

Partner
McKinsey & Company

Livia McHauser

Engagement Manager
McKinsey & Company

John Swords

Head of Procurement
Health Service Executive

Sharon Smyth

Director of Supplies and Services
Construction and Procurement Delivery

Declan McCormack

Principal Officer, eInvoicing Ireland Programme
Office of Government Procurement

Claire Downey

Co-ordinator
Community Reuse Network of Ireland

Emma McEvoy

Lecturer in Law
Maynooth University and
Board Member
Irish Social Enterprise Network

On the day

Conference programme

09:00

Owen McQuade
Managing Editor
eolas Magazine

Chair’s welcome and introduction

Katharina Knapton-Vierlich
Acting Head of Unit, Public Procurement
European Commission

Public procurement policy in Europe

Paul Quinn
CEO
Office of Government Procurement Ireland

Procurement in Ireland: Challenges and opportunities

Sorcha McKenna
Partner
McKinsey & Company
&
Livia McHauser
Engagement Manager
McKinsey & Company

Long tail, big savings: Digital unlocks hidden value in procurement

Questions & answers / panel discussion

10:10

Comfort break

10:30

Sharon Smyth
Director of Supplies and Services
Central Procurement Directorate Northern Ireland

Public procurement in Northern Ireland

John Swords
Head of Procurement
Health Service Executive

Covid-19: Legacy for supply chains

Claire Downey
Co-ordinator
Community Reuse Network of Ireland

Green procurement as part of a circular economy

Questions & answers / panel discussion

11:40

Comfort break

Declan McCormack
Principal Officer, eInvoicing Ireland Programme
Office of Government Procurement

eProcurement in Ireland post Covid-19

Emma McEvoy
Lecturer in Law
Maynooth University
and Board Member,
Irish Social Enterprise Network

Creating social value in procurement

Questions & answers / panel discussion

13:15

Conference close

Sponsorship opportunities

There are a limited number of opportunities for interested organisations to partner with the conference as a sponsor. This is an excellent way for organisations to raise their profile with a key audience of senior decision-makers from across Ireland’s public services. For more information on packages available and speaking opportunities at the event contact Fiona McCarthy on 01 661 3755 or email fiona.mccarthy@eolasmagazine.ie.

Conference format

The Public Procurement Conference 2021 will be using an online platform that will allow speakers and delegates to follow the normal structure of a conference.

This will include:

  • Chair and speakers on screen during the session
  • Speakers will present with slides and video
  • A Q&A session with delegates being able to post questions, moderated by the chair
  • A chat facility for delegates to network and make comments
  • A twitter feed to be visible to all participants
  • A ‘handout’ facility will allow delegates to receive relevant documentation
  • IT support for delegates throughout the event
  • Access to speaker presentations after the conference

Public Procurement Conference

Registration

Local government and public sector rate

€145
+ VAT @ 23% = €178.35

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Standard delegate rate

€175
+ VAT @ 23% = €215.25

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Voluntary sector rate

€95
+ VAT @ 23% = €116.85

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