24 April 2003 | Mark Whitehead
A worldwide transformation of procurement practice is taking place in the public sector, delegates at the Ipsera annual conference were told.
Rick Grimm, chief executive of the US-based National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, said factors such as decentralisation were forcing central and local government away from process-based approaches to a more strategic operation.
Grimm told the conference: "Governments are facing a squeeze with public money and are looking for the most effective ways of delivering services and goods."
A "new professional model" would mean public bodies increasingly using new technology and public-private partnerships and including social responsibility in procurement processes, he said.