10 November 2008
Plans to maximise the public sector's £175 billion spend on third party goods and services are dependent on "enthusiastic engagement".
In a report outlining the OGC's goals for the next three years and its achievements over the past 12 months, chief executive Nigel Smith stated: "The road map for reaching our goals can only be achieved if there is real and enthusiastic engagement with central government departments and the wider public sector."
The primary aim expressed in Working together to deliver better value, published last month, is to increase joint purchasing. It said its collaborative procurement programme delivered £650 million savings in the past year, but it wants to encourage more joint working.
Among successes highlighted were: setting up a Centre of Expertise in Sustainable Procurement and co-ordinating a cross-government delivery plan; completing the first round of Procurement Capability Reviews and improving confidence in the delivery of government projects as a result of enhancing the Gateway Review process.