Deputy First Minister keynote address 2013

Deputy First Minister keynote address 2013
The Scottish Government, By Nicola Sturgeon

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The underlying importance of procurement, as Scotland’s economic recovery gathers pace, continues to grow.  Six years on from McClelland, the pace of reform must not and is not slackening.


The Procurement Reform Bill, the implementation of the Review of Procurement in Construction and the measures I have announced today take us into a new phase of reform.


Earlier this month, we took the decision to merge the public sector Procurement Reform Board and the private and third sector Procurement Advisory Group. That signals a fundamental shift – from an approach to reform that has been Government-led, public sector-owned, into a new phase of reform that is collectively owned by a partnership of public sector, business and third sector communities.


We’ve already seen the success stories that joint working can bring in simplifying processes, in supporting people with disabilities into work on public contracts, and in producing the Procurement People of Tomorrow.


As I’ve outlined today, there’s a lot more to be done over coming months and years – I am confident in the ‘Scottish Model of Procurement’ reform. It has served us well and will continue to do so.


Today will provide a rich opportunity to get a greater understanding of what that means for you and your business. I wish you well for an enjoyable and productive day.