Minister of State with special responsibility for Public Procurement, Patrick O’Donovan T.D., today launched the Office of Government Procurement’s (OGP) Public Service Spend and Tendering Analysis for 2015 report.

This is the OGP’s third annual report that analyses expenditure and tendering activity on goods, services and minor works across public service bodies (PSBs) in Ireland.

This report analyses just over €4.5 billion – or three-quarters – of the estimated annual public procurement addressable spend under the remit of the OGP and its sector partners for 2015. The report continues the work of the OGP in increasing openness and transparency on public expenditure. The analysis is encouraging, indicating that 94% of the State’s expenditure is with firms within the State.

Minister of State O’Donovan said: ‘Public procurement represents a major opportunity for SMEs. As in 2013 and 2014, the majority of spend analysed is with SMEs. The report shows that in the majority of our spend categories, the typical contract value of tender notices is less than or equal to €100k. This report will help businesses in understanding where the opportunities are’.

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