Dialogue-Forum on Sustainable Public Procurement for Strategic Policy Goals will be consolidated as Strategic Knowledge Platform
From 28 until 30 October 2019, a dialogue forum took place at DIE in Bonn within the framework of the project „Municipalities Promoting and Shaping Sustainable Value Creation (MUPASS) – Public Procurement for Fair and Sustainable Production“. It was the third of its kind, for the second year in a row, the event brought together municipal procurement practitioners from Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.
Public procurement can become a powerful lever for sustainable and inclusive economies: at least 10% to 20% of the gross domestic product of most countries is generated by public demand. In many countries, municipalities stand for a large part of this demand. The MUPASS project therefore targets in particular municipal actors.
Last year’s dialogue forums have shown how actors from different world regions can benefit from an international exchange on sustainable and strategic procurement. Together with our project partner, the Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW), this year’s forum intensified and consolidated this dialogue.
The Forum had two main objectives: First, it seeked to exchange knowledge and experience on topics related to strategic and sustainable public procurement. For this purpose, appropriate instruments and framework conditions were examined. Topics included e-procurement, state support structures, purchasing groups across municipalities and the use of sustainability standards. The second main objective of the forum was to give participants the opportunity to exchange with each other. The associated get-togethers at the working and at middle management levels facilitated future exchange and networking. In order to be able to support this in the future, the MUPASS project team is currently working on setting up a flanking virtual dialogue platform.
A case study on the implementation of sustainable public procurement in Costa Rica can be found here.