Public Procurement in Nuevo León, Mexico

Promoting Efficiency through Centralisation and Professionalisation

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This review examines the ongoing public procurement reforms in Nuevo León, Mexico: both the progress achieved so far and the many challenges that remain. It discusses the benefits of further centralisation of public procurement activities for goods and services, greater aggregation, and a shift in administrative culture from excessive formality toward strategic public procurement and value for money. The review provides concrete proposals addressing every aspect of the procurement lifecycle, from planning and market consultations to contract management.

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Foreword and Acknowledgements

The state of Nuevo León is one of the fastest-growing economies in Mexico. In 2015, Nuevo León had a growth rate of 4.3%, well above the national average of 2.5%. That year, Nuevo León also had the second-highest GDP per capita in the country. The state’s primary engine of growth is the export-led manufacturing sector. It also relies heavily on construction, transport, financial services and insurance. However, many challenges lie ahead, including uncertainties about future access to major export markets and its effects on the state’s economy and finances. It is in this context that the new administration will be implementing an ambitious reform plan to improve productivity and maintain this growth trajectory. Public procurement will play a key part in the success of those reforms; improving the competency of the workforce and introducing up-to-date methods will thus be crucial for the entire procurement cycle.

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