Global Revolution IX
17-18 June 2019
East Midlands Conference Centre, University of Nottingham
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For 20 years the Public Procurement Research Group of the School of Law has hosted the major international conference in this field and the 9th in the series, Public Procurement: Global Revolution IX, took place at the East Midlands Conference Centre on 17 and 18 June 2019. The event brought together, as always, the world's leading academics for a dialogue with national regulators and procurement practitioners, and representatives from national and international institutions such as the Cabinet Office and UK Government Departments, the European Commission, OECD, the WTO, UNCITRAL, the World Bank and other multilateral development banks. With almost 40 workshops over the two days, the event featured 130 speakers and more than 300 participants from all parts of the globe from Australia to Zimbabwe.
In addition to the inevitable concerns of the moment such as Brexit, the event covered a range of contemporary and emerging developments at national, EU and international levels. Highlights included some fascinating papers on the potentially radical impact for public procurement of new technologies, covering open data and open contracting, use of data for performance measurement, the potential of commercial online marketplaces and the role of blockchain technology as a tool for audit and anti-corruption. It will be interesting, in particular, to see the literature on blockchain and open data develop as there is currently so little written but such a lot going on in practice. In a special workshop on corruption in sport procurement Professor Sue Arrowsmith QC, Director of the PPRG, presented the results of a mapping exercise of procurement for the Olympics and other international sport events conducted with the OECD for the International Partnership against Corruption Sport (IPACS) that forms the basis of forthcoming IPACS recommendations for safeguarding against corruption in these events. One of the key conclusions of this work was the need for event-wide information to be recorded in an accessible and standardised form, and this theme was picked up in a paper by Gavin Hayman, CEO of the Open Contracting Partnership, who presented on the potential role of the Open Data Standard at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Read the full report : Public Procurement Global Revolution IX
Professor Sue Arrowsmith opens the conference with keynote speaker Carl Baudenbacher
Plenary session Day 1 of the conference with keynote speaker Carl Baudenbacher
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Speaker and delegates at Public Procurment Global Revolution IX
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