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.




Foreword and Acknowledgements

Public procurement represents a significant share of countries’ economies, on average over 13% of GDP among OECD members. For many years, the OECD has assisted governments in reforming their public procurement systems through sharing international good practices, comparative data and conducting peer reviews at the national, sectorial and institutional level. Focus on public procurement has expanded from initial efforts on enhancing integrity to an overarching view of strategic public procurement as an essential mechanism for achieving government policy objectives, building citizen trust and fostering inclusive growth.


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