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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.

 

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Social integration: PPS implementation of secondary policy objectives

Korea utilises public procurement to support the furtherance of policy objectives through a broad and complex array of support mechanisms. These are primarily implemented by the Public Procurement Service (PPS) with support from other relevant ministries. This chapter presents an analysis of the use of public procurement to foster secondary policy objectives in Korea in three primary areas: support for particular types of enterprises, innovation and support for green public procurement.

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