Best Practice in Procurement in an Emergency
One of the greatest challenges during the current Covid-19 pandemic has been the ability for governments world-wide to secure essential goods and services at the right time, of the required quality and in sufficient quantities. Where governments have failed to achieve any one of these requirements, they have suffered embarrassment, but more important has been the impact that this failure has had on the delivery of essential services.
What has been highlighted in 2020 is where these procurement failures have impacted on loss of life.
At one extreme the government has incepted policies in order to save lives. At the other end of the spectrum, government is seeking to support the economy and to preserve jobs. Although these are often seen as being incompatible, both require all of us to “Stay Safe”. Therefore there has been unprecedented increased demand for masks and other PPE and within short time scales.
Cost may have been considered a secondary issue, however, the normal law of supply and demand applies irrespective of the situation and prices have been impacted – and will continue to be so - at least in the short to medium term. Ultimately governments will be required to justify their purchasing approaches, including the cost of securing supplies as well as supply chains.
In this talk we will look at these procurement challenges and the extent to which they have, or have not, been addressed by governments. In particular we will examine: the constraints that apply during an emergency. The aims and objectives of the emergency rules, together with the purchasing do’s and don’ts. We will also consider how authorities might benefit by adopting shared collaborative service models, the increased use of frameworks and the authoring of meaningful business cases.
10:30 - 11:30
1 October 2020 Book
A senior executive and qualified public accountant from a management consulting background with significant operational management and business development experience in the UK and international.Read Bio
Maurice is a senior executive and qualified public accountant from a management consulting background with significant operational management and business development experience in the UK in business improvement and international development.
Maurice has significant experience managing revenue and capital budgets both as a local authority accountant and as an interim Finance Director for two public sector businesses. Maurice has received three prestigious awards for excellence in procurement, including a Gold Award for innovation for the Medicines Control Agency. He has a reputation for delivering on time and budget and ensuring stakeholder engagement whilst building local capacity. Maurice leads a UN/CEFACT team on best PPP practice in trade facilitation.
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