The Korean Public Procurement Service

Innovating for Effectiveness

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This report on the Public Procurement Service of Korea examines the effectiveness of its system, identifying good practices that can inspire reform efforts in other countries. In particular, the report highlights the efficiency gains achieved by implementation of a comprehensive e-procurement system and the savings generated by an integrated support for government-wide contracts. It also looks at how Korea is adopting a strategic and multi-dimensional approach to using public procurement in the support of small businesses and other social objectives. In identifying possible improvements to Korea’s system, recommendations include a more centralised look at workforce training and development issues and additional features for Korea’s e-procurement system, as well as a review of existing certification and preference programs.




Central purchasing in Korea: The Public Procurement Service

Established in 1949 as the Provisional Office of Foreign Supply, the Public Procurement Service (PPS) took on its current role as a central procurement agency of Korea in 1961. PPS has a variety of responsibilities related to the purchase and management of resources needed for public administration, all of which are undertaken with a focus on transparent and effective delivery of services while also contributing to savings through consolidation and centralisation as well as furthering economic development in Korea. The present chapter provides an introduction to public procurement in Korea generally, and a more detailed examination of the various roles undertaken by PPS. This includes presentations of the legal authorities that govern public procurement in Korea, the responsibilities and organisation of PPS, and detailed information regarding the scope of public procurement activities.


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