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Paul Davis Speaks at NI Assembly Procurement Conference
27th October 2009
Around 100 participants, including local business
representatives, procurement experts from across Ireland and
the United Kingdom, and those involved in purchasing, joined
the Committee at a specially arranged Stakeholder Conference
at the Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim.
In Northern Ireland public procurement accounts for almost 25% of total public sector spend each year and amounts to around Â£2bn. Evidence the Committee has heard to date has highlighted a range of issues and barriers facing local Small and Medium Enterprises and Social Economy Enterprises as they try to access these contracts.
At the Stakeholder Conference Paul Davis delivered an insightful commentary, outlining two key areas on which public procurement should be concentrating. The first is the development of a licentiate approach, which would ensure that all public procurement professionals have recognition to do their job. The second is that short term environmental considerations have to be balanced against long term economic impact, in particular choosing a measure that favours local SME's in the short term but restricts their export growth in the long term.
Paul Davis is Chair of DCUâ€™s M.B.S. in Strategic
Procurement. This two-year part-time programme is the first
programme of its kind in Ireland and one of only two such
programmes in Europe. The programme builds the capacity for
strategic thinking in procurement and aims to meet the
changing skills requirements for professionals either
engaged in or working closely with the procurement function.