Irish govt launches procurement review

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, has launched a review of procurement policy for public works projects.

The review is aimed at delivering significant changes to the Capital Works Management Framework (CWMF) over the coming years and will involve “extensive engagement both with industry stakeholders and with the public bodies charged with the delivery of public works projects”, the government said.

Preliminary engagement and scoping has already been undertaken and, following further consultation, a range of position papers will be prepared throughout 2019 and 2020 on issues that are impacting on project delivery.  

The government added that “enhanced risk management throughout a project’s lifecycle and quality of information” will inform the work programme.

“This new and improved approach to the manner in which we procure construction contracts will support the delivery of Project Ireland 2040 by ensuring maximum value for money while sustaining a modern, innovative, and resilient construction sector,” said Donohoe (pictured).

The initiative is being led by the Office of Government Procurement, in conjunction with the Government Contracts Committee for Construction.