Public Procurement in the State of Mexico

Enhancing Efficiency and Competition

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This review analyses the public procurement system, processes and tools applied in the State of Mexico, the biggest federal entity in the country in terms of population. It assesses the extent of centralisation of the procurement function, its implications and areas of opportunity to reap the benefits of such strategy. By analysing the degree of competition in public tenders, the review provides alternatives to increase competitive pressures to maximise efficiency and value-for-money. Likewise, it evaluates the e-procurement platform COMPRAMEX and its potential to incorporate new transactional functions. Finally, the review assesses measures implemented to advance integrity in public procurement and the professionalisation of the procurement workforce. It provides concrete proposals addressing every aspect of the procurement lifecycle, from planning and market consultations to contract management.

English Also available in: Spanish


The State of Mexico is the biggest federal entity in Mexico in terms of its population, which is currently estimated at 17.3 million inhabitants. The State of Mexico is also home to the country’s most populated municipality, Ecatepec de Morelos, with around 1.6 million inhabitants. The economy of the State of Mexico produces about 8.7% of Mexico’s GDP, and GDP per capita in the state grew 9.8% between 2010 and 2016, well above the national average of 8.5%. However, the state also faces important challenges. For example, 47.9% of its population is considered to be below the poverty line and 6.1% in extreme poverty. Likewise, trust in public institutions, as measured by citizen perceptions, is low. The situation has become even more challenging as a result of the effects of COVID-19 on national and state economies.

English Also available in: Spanish

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