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Public Procurement eCommerce Strategy

16 September 2015

The Scottish Government today launches the Scottish Public Procurement eCommerce Strategy – A digital future for procurement.

This has been developed together with specialists in eProcurement from across the public sector. It is consistent with our vision that public procurement improves public services for a prosperous, fairer and more sustainable Scotland.  The strategy details four priorities:

1. There are opportunities to develop existing electronic services, and support future priorities.  A series of plans for central applications and sector based strategies will be developed.  These will ensure efficient, managed, connected and consistent eCommerce provision.

2. That public bodies will use the Scottish Government eCommerce Applications for their purchasing from the third sector and businesses.

3. To enable software to work together, a Scottish Public Procurement Business Interoperability Standard will be established.  All related applications used in Scotland will adopt this standard.

4. That transactions for buying from other countries can be handled through OpenPEPPOL. This will allow Scottish suppliers to public bodies outside Scotland to be able to use the same set of systems used in Scotland.

The Scottish Government is committed to electronic public services. Public bodies across Scotland now have a shared eCommerce vision firmly connected to the sustainable procurement duty that will support the development of their procurement strategies.