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What are you doing about procurement?

Charles Finley made this Official Information request to Stuart Nash

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From: Charles Finley

Dear Minister Nash,
As you are responsible for public sector procurement, I would like to know what your plan is relating to improving it.
In the last years there have been negative reports about public sector procurement. Such as the auditor general report in 2019 and the recent report on managing strategic suppliers. It seems well documented that that public sector procurement is not performing well and in the time between the two reports has done little to resolve this. From a business perspective, a poor performing or less informed customer limits the ability improve and deliver.
Please can you publish the strategy/direction that public sector teams are working to and the improvements you have directed to improve how departments buy goods and services.
Yours faithfully,
Charles

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From: S Nash (MIN)
Stuart Nash

Dear Charles

Thank you for your email of 20 June 2021 in which you submitted an Official Information Act request as follows:

"Please can you publish the strategy/direction that public sector teams are working to and the improvements you have directed to improve how departments buy goods and services."

Minister Nash is considering your request in accordance with the Act, and you can expect a response within the required timeframe.

Regards

Anna Weir
Private Secretary (Executive Support) to Hon Stuart Nash
Minister for Economic and Regional Development, Forestry, Small Business and Tourism
MP for Napier
19 R Bowen House
Private Bag 18041 | Parliament Buildings | Wellington
ph +64 4 817 9724 |
[email address] | www.labour.org.nz

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From: S Nash (MIN)
Stuart Nash

Thank you for writing to Hon Stuart Nash regarding the performance of Government procurement.

Minister Nash understands the importance of government having a strongly performing procurement function, particularly to suppliers that are essential to the delivery of New Zealand's public services.

While the procurement system has a good foundation, the Minister is aware of issues that mean the system is not performing as well as it needs to. He wants to build greater coordination, transparency and accountability throughout Government's procurement functions. As such, officials at New Zealand Government Procurement (NZGP) have been directed to provide advice on measures to strengthen the procurement system to ensure it delivers against all government procurement outcomes.

This work is currently underway and not yet able to be released. However, the involvement of the wider procurement community is critical to the development of proposals to improve the procurement system. NZGP will be inviting engagement by the wider community in the coming weeks.

Regards

Stuart Nash. LLM, MMgt, MForSc
MP for Napier
Minister for Economic and Regional Development, Forestry, Small Business and Tourism

Wellington Office: PB 18 041, Parliament Buildings, Wellington, Phone (04) 817 8712, Email: [email address]
Napier Office: 155a Tennyson Street, PO Box 827, Napier 4140, Ph (06) 835 6093, Email: [email address]

Authorised by Stuart Nash. Parliament Buildings, Wellington.

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