Improved governance, the simplification of procedures and the greater use of electronic tools in public procurement seem likely to figure large in future developments in procurement in Ireland.
Transparent, fair and competitive public procurement across the EU’s Single Market is meant to generate business opportunities, drive economic growth and create jobs. By rethinking the approach to purchasing, professionalising public buyers, cutting red-tape, and capitalising on the benefits of the digital revolution and artificial intelligence, public administrations can be made more efficient, more effective, and more citizen and business-friendly.
Increasing the use of e-procurement can generate significant savings. These savings should maximise the efficiency of public spending. E-procurement can also provide a new source of economic growth and jobs, including by facilitating access to public procurement contracts by small and medium-sized enterprises.
The public sector is being encouraged to use procurement strategically to drive key policies such as those aimed at creating a more innovative, greener, and more socially-inclusive economy.