New Zealand Government Procurement (NZGP) is carrying out a series of improvements to its e-tendering system and other tools as it seeks to reduce barriers to use and increase efficiency.
NZGP said it was migrating the government electronic tender service websites, one of its most-used sites, to the common web platform to improve performance.
The department has also unveiled a beta version of its conflict of interest management tool, originally developed by the New Zealand inland revenue department, and adapted to allow agencies and schools to manage and digitally record procurement project conflicts.
It said it was currently onboarding agencies and invited any agency interested in using the tool to email the procurement team.
NZGP has announced that its RFx and contract builder app, which aims to help agencies create commonly used documents and contract templates by using digital clause libraries, is due to go live in October 2021.
The app is currently undergoing focus group testing.
The department is also considering the development of a range of different types of digital procurement tools to help agencies and schools evaluate tenders, manage contracts and supplier relationships, it said.
NZGP has been carrying out stakeholder consultations to look at how it can better meet the needs of users. Several useful points have already emerged from these consultations, the department said, including improved data collection and more transparency, as well as a need to establish stronger sector-based leadership, cross-agency supplier relationship management and better collaboration.
The department said its baseline assessment of supplier relationship practices carried out with SRM consultancy State of Flux had also led to suggestions on how to improve governance, capability, systems and supplier relationships, which would be used to develop the government supplier relationship management programme toolkit and roadmap.
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