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NI government to explore procurement changes
The Northern Irish government is to explore how public sector procurement can boost economic growth in the country, by working with local businesses to cut costs and shorten the length of time procurement procedures take, according to minister of finance Sammy Wilson.
In 2010-11, departmental procurement amounted to £2.7 billion, equivalent to 26 per cent of the organisations' budgets.
Over this period, some 77 per cent of contracts went to local firms, with 96 per cent of construction-based roles being awarded to businesses from Northern Ireland.
"A range of measures have already been introduced to ensure opportunities for local businesses are maximised," said Mr Wilson.
He added that the public sector is "open for business" and willing to engage with private business in order to encourage economic expansion and reduce the expenses faced by government departments.
The UK government's deputy chief procurement officer Sally Collier recently told Supply Management further moves to speed up public sector procurement are expected.
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