05 July 2007 | Paul Snell
Public sector buyers in New Zealand have been urged to consider the "not-so-safe option" in a bid to promote innovation within the country.
Lianne Dalziel, minister of commerce, addressed delegates at the first New Zealand CIPS conference. She said while public sector buyers have to be careful with taxpayers' money, "a successful local bid has double the advantage of not only meeting tender requirements, but also providing a track record for that company to market their product or service internationally."
While she maintained she was not in favour of local preferences, she said the government was looking at ensuring tenders from domestic firms get full and fair consideration. This could mean buyers having to justify why tenders from New Zealand were rejected.
She also repeated the government's commitment to sustainable procurement (News, 1 March
) in a bid to become the world's first carbon neutral country. Dalziel said the country would provide mandated sustainable standards on a number of products and services by September, including paper, timber, travel and light fittings.