Salar-Amoli’s Speech in the 22ed Congress of the Government, University and Industry for the National Development
Pre-commercialization-Public Procurement in EU Countries
In his speech in the Congress of the Government, University and Industry for the National Development, Dr. Salar-Amoli, Acting Minister for International Scientific Cooperation, delivered a speech on public procurement. He stated that Public procurement refers to the process by which public authorities, such as government, departments, or local authorities purchase works, goods, or services from companies.
In following, he pointed to the importance of Public Procurements for the EU. The first reason is that every year over 250000 public authorities in the EU spend around 14 % of their GDP (2 trillion Euro per year) on the purchase of services, work, and supplies. Also, in many sectors such as energy, transport, waste management, social protection, health, education, and services, public authorities are the principal buyers. Furthermore, public sectors can use procurements to boost jobs, growth & investment, and create a more innovative economy. Lastly, high-quality public services depend on modern well managed & efficient procurements.
Dr. Salar-Amoli also explained about the EU Public Procurement Strategy that constituted of competition, equal treatment and non–discrimination, transparency, wider uptake of innovation, green and social procurements, and professionalizing public buyers. Moreover, he referred to the organization for economic cooperation and development and mentioned that public procurement accounts for 29% of Government expenditure in OECD countries.
In conclusion, he highlighted four factors: Government’s purchase of technology would help innovation growth; Government’s purchase of technology would decrease the risk of new-founded companies; Government’s purchase of technology would increase job opportunity, value added, products quality; and the lack of the governmental employee’s skills and the lack of knowledge of the needs, riskless governmental and public spaces and the difficult condition for internal purchases are the most important challenges for commercialization and technological purchase by the government.