Public Procurement Conference 2021
The 2021 Public Procurement Conference recently took place online. 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.
Delegates in attendance heard from a number of speakers, both local and visiting including Katharina Knapton-Vierlich, European Commission; Paul Quinn, Office of Government Procurement; John Swords, HSE and Sharon Smyth, Department of Finance. Key issues discussed included Covid-19 impact on public procurement; green public procurement; latest European policy update and the challenge of IT procurement.
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