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Central government 'needs more understanding of procurement'

4 June 2013

Central government needs to better understand the value of procurement. 

This is according to the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Supply (CIPD) David Noble. 

He claimed the CIPD was disappointed to hear comments from the minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude, which suggested procurement is a "narrowly focused and technical activity sandwiched between developing an understanding of supply markets and contract management".

Mr Noble said this is evidence of an "ingrained misunderstanding" about the value of procurement throughout the public sector. 

He claimed that procurement professionals do more than just paper buying or managing contracts and pointed to the wide range of sectors they operate in such as welfare, medical equipment and defence. 

The CIPD chief argued that central government needs to demonstrate a "broader and more comprehensive understanding of procurement’s value" if the industry is to ever fulfill its potential in the public sector.

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Categories: Central Government, Procurement & Supply Chain

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