Scottish Executive has come out with a recent report on Scottish public sector procurement aimed at ensuring the best deal for the taxpayers.
Minister for finance and public service reform welcomed this report as it fiixes standards in the way the public sector procures goods and services ensuring tax payments. Urgent action is also called for ensuring the way to improve procurement practices to help deliver the efficiency savings. The needs of the suppliers who do business with the public sector,particularly SMEs were also given importance. The report makes that collaborative procurement hopes to maintain equity among the business personel. All this work is underpinned by wider Executive work on reforming our public services to ensure that they meet the expectations of the people of Scotland. A special focus is required to address implementation. A Public Procurement Reform Board would be be established to oversee the implementation. Strong Ministerial support is also sought, to overcome any inertia or lack of commitment within the public sector for the pursuit of implementation.