17 July 2009 | Paul Snell
CIPS and the OGC have signed an agreement aimed at raising the profile of the procurement profession in the public sector.
The goal of the memorandum of understanding, signed yesterday by CIPS chief executive David Noble and OGC chief executive Nigel Smith (both pictured), is to ensure the two organisations work together to increase the profile of purchasing within government; improve the skills of those working in the profession; and promote professional standards and capability.
This will also involve closer liaison between CIPS and the Government Procurement Service, the OGC group that represents buyers in the public sector.
Explaining the catalyst for the agreement Smith told supplymanagement.com: "We're trying to build a real procurement profession in government, and I think it's fair to say there has not been one.
"This is part of our development of the profession; saying CIPS is absolutely critical to building the capability in government that we want."
Noble added: "Clearly the role of the OGC is fundamental in our support of the profession and the public sector. [The OGC] is the foundation recognised and understood across the public sector."