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CALL TO COMMENT ON WELSH PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PLAN

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Following the publication of the Welsh public sector sourcing plan consultation document, Smarter Buying - Sharing ...
Following the publication of the Welsh public sector sourcing plan consultation document, Smarter Buying - Sharing Success, in June 2006, organisations across Wales are being urged to take up their last chance to be part of developing the final strategy as the consultation period draws to a close on 22 August 2006.

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.

CollaborativepProcurement is seen as one of the key drivers in achieving the£120m per annum procurement efficiency target set following the publication of 'Making the Connections - Delivering Better Services for Wales' in 2004 and to date has been very successful across Wales. At April 2006, Value Wales-facilitated, cross-sector arrangements had realised in excess of£16m savings from£54.5m expenditure across the public sector.

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.

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