Produced by Value Wales Procurement, the document identifies appropriate collaborative models for expenditure areas which have the greatest potential to yield the best results, therefore providing a clear forward plan of Value Wales activity along with the opportunity to release procurement resource to strategically important areas.
Alison Standfast, head of VfM collaborative procurement at Value Wales, explained: 'The sourcing plan recognises that collaboration is not an easy option. It requires much greater collaboration across sectors, greater clarity on business needs and the willingness to take the 'leap of faith' to allow decisions to be taken outside individual organisations, and often sectors.
'It also acknowledges that collaboration is not suitable for all expenditure areas - best results are delivered through a focused approach, be it all-Wales, single sector, regional, local or organisational.
'Collaborative procurement has been gaining an increasingly high profile in recent months and Value Wales is keen to drive forward the recommendations set out in the plan, thereby reducing duplication of effort across the public sector and providing clarity in terms of what contracts will be let by whom, how and when.'
Following the period of consultation, a cross-sector steering group will be established to finalise the recommendations of the plan and develop delivery strategies, for implementation from October 2006.
The sourcing plan can be viewed at www.buy4wales.co.uk.