How to exclude Russian or Belarusian controlled suppliers and how to terminate their existing contracts (in response to the situation in Ukraine and the resulting sanctions) was the topic of a new procurement statement issued by The Cabinet Office on the 28th March 2022.
This statement precedes the UK governments Procurement Bill that will provide a power for a Minister of the Crown to add suppliers to a public debarment list (for both mandatory and discretionary exclusion grounds) if they are assessed as meeting a ground for exclusion and there is insufficient evidence of self-cleaning.
Both UK and overseas suppliers will be eligible for addition to the debarment list.
The UK public procurement process dates back to 1958. The signing of the Treaty of Rome created a market place based on the free movement of goods, people, services and capital.
The fundamental principles of public procurement are transparency and equal treatment. It is therefore heart breaking (as a procurement professional) to see procurement best practice completely ignored in 2020.
Naomi Clews Consultancy
Procurement, Tendering, Business Skills