In many governments, procurement is undervalued or misunderstood by leadership, leading to purchasing offices that are overworked, under-resourced, and underutilized. In a government where procurement is elevated, valued, and properly resourced, leadership views the purchasing office as a core strategic function, rather than as a transactional, compliance, or administrative office - and that's what enables governments to leverage procurement to achieve policy and strategic goals.
In this roundtable, we heard from Chief Procurement Officers and other government leaders about how they elevated their procurement function to be more strategic and innovative. We also learned about how to communicate the importance of what you do within your government so that senior leaders and customer departments take note. This event was not be recorded given the potentially sensitive nature of the subject.