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2019 trends in government procurement activity: NZGP business survey

Businesses are finding contract review meetings with agencies to be increasingly helpful. Businesses report a continuing trend of a lack of follow-up debriefs being offered by agencies to suppliers after a bid process. The key competencies of contract managers received a less favourable rating from businesses as compared to last year. These are some of the findings in the latest New Zealand Government Procurement (NZGP) business survey report.

Each year NZGP asks businesses that supply government with goods and services about how they perceive the quality of government procurement and their experience working with government agencies before, during and after a tender process.

The sixth edition of the annual survey ran from 8 April to 14 May 2019 and received 2,095 responses. Overall, the 2018 and 2019 results show significant improvements in most aspects of government procurement activity since inception of the survey series in 2014. The 2018 survey results marked some milestone achievements, and while the 2019 results are similar in most aspects, they do fall slightly short of the 2018 milestones.

These surveys provide a wealth of information for how government can improve its procurement practice, including how agencies can better engage with the market in the early planning stages and how to effectively work with suppliers.

The responses help track the impact of the government’s efforts to improve procurement practice while helping shape NZGP’s work programme.

You can read the New Zealand Government Procurement business survey 2019 as well as previous years’ reports, and a companion report that focuses on providers of community and social services.

Government procurement business survey reports