From pens to power stations, public services to paper clips — international conference on government procurement

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Experts from across the world will gather at The University of Nottingham next week to discuss the global revolution in public procurement. 

From pens and paper clips, to power stations and fighter jets — public procurement is the process used by governments to acquire the goods, services and construction works they need.  


Sound regulation is required to fight corruption, avoid wasting resources, to put in place the infrastructure for economic development, ensure quality public services in health, utilities, sanitation, to address environmental problems and to develop a competitive private-sector market. In addition, countries need effective policies for participating in current initiatives to open up government markets to trade.

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As explained by Professor Sue Arrowsmith, Director of Nottingham’s Public Procurement Research Group: “The public sector in the UK spends over £150 billion a year on goods and services — and sound policies for ensuring value for public money and open and competitive markets are more important than ever in this time of global economic crisis. The conference will explore many important issues raised by the current crisis, not only for the UK but for countries around the world. We are pleased to have such a cross section of delegates joining us from so many different countries and we are looking forward to some lively debate and sharing of best practice.”

The International Conference Public Procurement: Global Revolution IV is being held jointly by The University of Nottingham and the University of Copenhagen, under the auspices of the EU-funded Asia Link programme. It will bring together policy-makers, the world’s leading academics, lawyers and practitioners to discuss regulation and education. The conference takes place in the Exchange Building on the Jubilee Campus on April 19 and 20 2010.

Speakers will include representatives from:

•    European Commission 
•    OECD 
•    CIPS 
•    World Bank Institute 
•    COMESA 
•    Asian Development Bank 
•    Transparency International 
•    Europol

The key conference themes will examine a wide range of topical issues including:

Key issues and developments in EU public procurement.
Procurement regulation in the twenty-first century: challenges and issues for practitioners in the developed and developing worlds.
Globalisation and harmonisation in public procurement regulation.
Procurement practice and academia: the role of universities in procurement education and reform.

The conference will include, plenary sessions for all delegates, a series of workshops focusing on specific topics of interest to different delegates and poster presentations of current research.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.

The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.
Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives (www.science-city.co.uk) in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.

Additional information: The conference is being held on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 April 2010 in the Exchange Building, The University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road, Nottingham NG8 1BB.


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