The MoU represents a commitment to work in partnership on areas such as promoting procurement initiatives, advancing professional qualifications among public sector buyers and addressing the changes resulting from EU procurement reform.
“Continuous professional development and improvement in capability sits at the heart of the procurement reform strategy,” said government CPO John Collington.
CIPS CEO David Noble said: “Excellent practice at national, regional and local government levels will reduce spending and offer significant value-add to departments struggling with the challenges and pressure of today’s public sector world.”
The areas that they will work on include:
- Lobbying and representation in support of the transformation of EU procurement.
- Optimising training and other procurement capability improvement programmes both within the Government Procurement Service and, where appropriate, across government.
- Exploring ways to increase the percentage of professionally qualified civil service procurement staff.
- Promoting government procurement initiatives, best practice tools and techniques to non-government bodies.
Originally published in SM Magazine July 2012