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Government procurement supports New Zealand’s recovery

Kia ora koutou katoa

We have experienced some extraordinary times of late, as a country and as a public service. As Procurement Functional Lead for government, I am very proud of the resilience, ingenuity and commitment of our procurement professionals.

There are some great examples of agencies across government working rapidly to respond to the challenges COVID-19 presented. An example relevant to many of us, whether we are parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles, is the Ministry of Education’s rapid procurement of the resources required to stand up Home Learning TV. The behind the scenes work required colleagues to work in brilliant synergy. Congratulations.

Agencies have demonstrated how flexible and responsive procurement can deliver public value and better outcomes for New Zealand. Now, as our focus shifts to the future, government procurement is playing an increasingly important role in supporting New Zealand’s economic and social recovery.

New Zealand Government Procurement has been working in consultation with colleagues from across the system to develop a recovery plan that will deliver business activity, jobs and social benefits for New Zealand. We’ll be sharing more detail with you in coming weeks.

The plan sets out six key actions that work together to enable us to intervene early, build procurement capability and accelerate good practice.

It will create opportunities for local businesses to access government contracts, realise public value and increase benefits; and focus on certain sectors, like construction, to create jobs, increase productivity and sustainability.

Now more than ever we need to work together to lead and drive change, strengthen capability and assurance and build resilience in the supply market.

Now is the time to put the foot on the accelerator so that we can support New Zealand businesses, regional economies and support the economic and social recovery of New Zealand.

Ngā mihi matakuikui (Thank you very much).

Kia mau ki a koutou ano me o koutou whanau (Take care of yourselves and your families).

Carolyn Tremain
Chief Executive
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

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