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Northern Ireland Procurement Conference 2017

Navigating procurement in challenging times

The changing landscape

Central and local government in Northern Ireland spends around £3 billion per year on procurement, of which £2.7 billion is spent by government departments and their arm’s length bodies. In addition, many of Northern Ireland’s private sector companies spend significant amounts in the local economy.

The legislative framework surrounding procurement has changed significantly in recent years with several EU Directives impacting on the procurement landscape. In addition, Brexit threatens to change how organisations approach the way they procure and offers many challenges.

agendaNi magazine’s annual procurement conference will examine what effective public procurement means for organisations in Northern Ireland. As with previous years, it will have a genuine, in-depth understanding of the key issues via a high-level panel of local and visiting speakers who will examine areas including:
The changing legal framework for public procurement;
Navigating the EU Public Procurement Directives
– making them work for your organisation;
The impact of Brexit for Northern Ireland organisations in terms of procurement;
Procurement in the housing sector;
IT procurement and cybersecurity;
Procurement across the health sector;
The tender: the practicalities of tendering in 2017;
Engaging the utility supply chain;
Best practice in procurement: case studies from outside Northern Ireland.

BREXIT: What will it mean for public procurement in Northern Ireland?

Procurement law is found mainly in the various procurement regulations that implement EU procurement law, such as the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 for Northern Ireland. These regulations will remain during the negotiations for Brexit, which will probably last until at least the end of 2019. After that there are a number of possible scenarios.
One possibility is that the UK will negotiate a trade agreement with the EU that covers public procurement. However, such an agreement may be more limited and be based under the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) which the EU uses with other trading partners. An agreement based on the GPA could mean reduced coverage for the UK procurement regime in the areas of utilities, defence and concessions at a cost of reduced opportunities for UK suppliers abroad in those markets.

Who will attend?

The target audience for the event includes those involved in procurement and other advisory roles throughout organisations across the public, private and voluntary/community sectors.


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Des Armstrong

Chief Executive
Central Procurement Directorate

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Rob Anderson

Team Leader for Government Procurement and Competition Policy
World Trade Organisation

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Lisa Beers

Development Officer
Strategic Investment Board

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Dr Kamala Dawar

Senior Lecturer, International Trade and Commercial Law
University of Sussex

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Kerry Teahan

Partner & Head of Procurement
Carson McDowell

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Noel Brady

Managing Director
Consult Nb1 Limited

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Ronan Larkin

Director of Finance and Regulation
Northern Ireland Water

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Sam Waide

Director of Operations
Business Services Organisation

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David Salters

Head of Procurement
The Housing Executive

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Declan Magee

Carson McDowell

Northern Ireland Procurement Conference
2017 Programme

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Tel: 028 9261 9933

E-mail: registration@agendani.com

Davidson House
Glenavy Road Business Park
Moira, Co Down
BT67 0LT

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