Reforming ISSSTESON’s Public Procurement for Sustainability

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This review analyses public procurement policies and practices of ISSSTESON, the institution providing health and pension services to the workers of the State Government of Sonora, Mexico. It benchmarks ISSSTESON practices against the 2015 Recommendation of the Council on Public Procurement to help the institute upgrade its procurement operations and increase efficiency, in a difficult financial environment. It also examines the revenue structure of the Institute and suggests reforms for the pension scheme, which is too generous compared to national and international experience.

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Towards Sustainable and Efficient Public Procurement in ISSSTESON

This chapter analyses the extent of co-ordination among the different contracting units in ISSSTESON and alternatives to improve communication and information sharing amongst them. It also assesses the incidence of exceptions to public tendering and argues for limiting their use in order to increase competition and efficiency in the institute’s public procurement. It goes on to describe the mechanisms used to collect market information and suggests that the institute should focus on market research. It also discusses alternatives for increasing efficiency in ISSSTESON’s public procurement, such as simplifying processes, harmonising tender documents and introducing tools such as centralised procurement and framework agreements. Finally, it evaluates the extent of the institute’s market engagement and suggests alternatives for constructive engagement while safeguarding integrity.

English Also available in: Spanish

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