This section of the website offers organisations the ability to view information about HM Government of Gibraltar’s buying profile.
The European Commission recommends in the Procurement Directive that contracting authorities provide information on their purchasing and procurement opportunities via a Buyer Profile. This facility has been incorporated in this section of the web site and serves to provide information on current and future purchasing plans and contract details. By publishing this information, HM Government of Gibraltar offers organisations the opportunity to identify future prospects and access to current opportunities.
Through its Procurement policies and procedures HM Government of Gibraltar is dedicated to improving, expanding and modernising the services it currently provides to the citizens of Gibraltar and recognises that an effective and efficient Procurement Strategy will assist with this objective.
Purchase Plans / Procurement Policy
The Procurement Policy is set centrally by Government, but operational procurement activity is devolved to individual Government departments, agencies and authorities. The role of the Procurement Office is to assist departments, agencies and authorities in the conduct of procurement exercises captured by policy or legislation.
Controlling Officers are responsible for the management of their budgets & contracts, adherence to the Procurement Policy by their department and developing operational Procurement Strategies & Purchasing Plans for their Departments in order to optimise their spend.
Working with Small Businesses
HM Government of Gibraltar is committed to work with and, via best practice principles improve opportunities for Small Business making it easier for them to work with HM Government of Gibraltar and other Public Authorities.
The Procurement Office, through a set of good practice principles, sets out in their literature what local businesses can expect when looking to win business from, and when doing business with, HM Government of Gibraltar.
In accordance with the provisions of the Treaty of the Functioning of the EU, HM Government of Gibraltar encourages:
- Transparency in contract procedures and the publication of opportunities;
- Equal treatment and non-discrimination to all suppliers and potential suppliers;
- Proportionality of procurement procedures and decisions; and
- Mutual recognition and validity of qualifications and standards from other Member States, where appropriate.
The HM Government of Gibraltar’s Procurement Policy does not allow for preferential treatment to local businesses over non-local businesses (a variety of national and EU procurement regulations prevent this), but it is about helping to create a level playing field for the business sector.
HM Government of Gibraltar recognises the importance of local businesses to the local economy in terms of job creation and wealth creation, and also in the services that local businesses provide to the community. Under the provisions of Regulation 70 of the Procurement (Public Contracts) Regulations 2016 HM Government of Gibraltar is entitled to lay down special conditions relating to the performance of a contract including but not limited to economic, innovation-related, environmental, social or employment-related considerations.
Social or Employment related considerations
Green public procurement is defined by the EU as a process whereby public authorities seek to procure goods, services and works with a reduced environmental impact throughout their life-cycle when compared to goods, services and works with the same primary function than would otherwise be procured.
Government is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and green procurement is a key part of this process. Consumer demand for products and services help to drive the economy by generating wealth and employment opportunities but simultaneously it must be recognised that the creation and delivery of these products and services take their toll on the natural environment. These negative impacts include climate change, water and air pollution, habitat and species destruction. It is therefore vital that all organisations, both within the public and private sector, start moving towards more green and sustainable purchasing practices.
Green procurement is a win-win tool which enables the public sector to obtain the best value for money and procure low-carbon, environmentally friendly goods and services while presenting a business opportunity to suppliers and helping to expand the market for green products and services.
A copy of HM Government’s Green Procurement Policy can be obtained here.