The Ministry of Economic Development (MED) is asking for feedback on a revised procurement policy, as outlined in a draft documentpublished today.
According to the MED the new policies, which will apply to "procuring services, material, and products for use in government works," are designed to make it easier for businesses to work with government and make contracts more transparent.
Businesses and government agencies have been asked to provide their feedback on the initial draft "strawman" policy.
In the past, the government’s current procurement processes have been criticised for being cumbersome and limiting bids made by local firms.
In a recent Q & A article with Computerworld, ICT minister Amy Adams said the government needed to do more to address these issues.
“That’s a fair point and that’s something we have to deal with across government; to ensure the tendering process isn’t so onerous in itself that it ceases to have relevance to what we’re trying to achieve, and the scale of what we’re trying to achieve,” she said.
Among the proposed principles, as outlined on the business.govt.nz website (see below), phrases such as "Best value for money over whole of life", "Open and effective competition" and "Full and fair opportunity for domestic suppliers" will be replaced by "Plan and manage for great results, Give all suppliers a fair go" and "Get the right supplier." The proposed procurement principles include: "Plan and manage for great results." "Give all suppliers a fair go." "Get the right supplier." "Get the best deal for everyone - including the planet." "Play by the rules." The new principles will replace the existing principles which are: "Best value for money over whole of life." "Open and effective competition." "Full and fair opportunity for domestic suppliers." "Improving business capabilities, including e-commerce capabilities." "Recognition of New Zealand's international trade obligations and interests." "Requiring sustainably produced goods and services, wherever possible, having regards to economic, environmental and social impacts over their life cycle."