Mr Grimsdale! There’s an unlikely world leader in public procurement

27 May 2010
SM is always on the look-out for examples of procurement excellence from around the world, but it seems we might have been looking in the wrong place. It appears the global leader in e-procurement is not the US, UK or China but… Albania. Yes, that’s right, Albania, where Norman Wisdom is a folk hero. This week the country’s public procurement agency picked up second place in the United Nations Public Service Awards in the Improving Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness in the Public Service category. (First prize was scooped by Germany for a non-procurement project). According to the judges, the procurement system in Albania previously suffered from high-level corruption and businesses were unable to get access to government deals. In response, Albania has now become the first country in the world to conduct all its procurement (for deals over €3,000) electronically. The Albanian government says it started off with 70 per cent of tenders five years ago, and the progress is evidence of the regime’s sweeping reforms. Certainly it will do no harm to the country’s application to join the EU, which is a key target for the current administration. Përgëzime to Albania for its achievement.
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