Day 1 - Wednesday 24 September 2014
Participants were warmly welcomed to EcoProcura 2014, the ninth edition of the EcoProcura Conference series. Watch the introduction video here.
|14:20||Putting procurement at the heart of strategic decision-making – a success story from Ghent|
Aline de Tremerie, Procurement Director, Procurement Management Services, City of Ghent - Presentation [PDF] and Mieke Pieters, Strategic Procurement expert, Procurement Management Services, City of Ghent Presentation [PDF]
Procurement has long been recognised as a key driver of change and a mechanism to achieve the broader strategic goals set out by political leaders. The City of Ghent has been rethinking the importance of procurement and has resolved to put procurement at the heart of strategic decision making to achieve sustainability and innovation goals. By doing this Ghent is demonstrating that it is fully committed to employing procurement to create a more sustainable city. This strategic approach to sustainable procurement and procurement of innovation is an inspiring showcase for other public authorities.
|14:40||The opportunities and challenges of using procurement strategically|
The City of Ghent has demonstrated that it is possible to use procurement strategically in order to achieve sustainable development goals. Is this a common approach across Europe? Is there the potential to adopt Ghent’s approach in other European cities?
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|16:00||Talk, learn, act! |
Market Lounge – Round 1
The Market Lounge provided a place for networking, discussing ideas and sharing experiences on sustainable procurement and procurement of innovation in a more personal setting. Good practice examples, procurement processes, projects and initiatives will be featured. See a full list of table hosts here.
|17:30||The professionalisation of procurement|
The professionalisation of public procurement is about recognising and developing the right skills and know-how necessary for professional procurers. It involves establishing the appropriate frameworks, which will in turn establish public procurement as a co-ordinated, well equipped and informed profession.
|18:00||Welcome reception and tours of Ghent|
Participants were invited to network while enjoying wine and canapés at the end of the first day, following which they headed out to experience the city of Ghent. Participants could choose from one of three tours: an Architecture and culinary tour, a Boat tour to the Design Museum Ghent or a Historical tour.