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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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Supporting competition and savings through framework agreements: Multiple Award Schedule contracts

An important mandate for the Public Procurement Service (PPS) involves the operation of framework agreements – contracts containing set terms from which individual orders can then be placed. Framework agreements are an important driver of efficiency in public procurement, allowing for reduced administrative duplication as well as potential savings from centralised purchasing. This chapter presents the PPS implementation of the Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) system of framework agreements, including a detailed look at their current function and future directions.

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