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Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 14.13.02This research, which explores the nexus between trade, gender and public procurement policy, investigates how inclusive government procurement policy, couples with the effective management of scare researches, can accelerate sustainable economic resources. Government procurement is an important dimension of international trade. The procurement market often makes up 10 to 15 percent of the GDP of developed countries and up to 30 to 40 per cent of the economies of least developed countries (LDCs). Given the size of government spending, public procurement has the potential to be a useful policy tool for growth and the socio – economic transformation of a country. An inclusive government procurement policy exists where there is a ‘level playing field’, in which policy and regulations ensure that there is equality of opportunity in the pursuit of contracts; especially the size of the enterprise alone should not unwittingly exclude businesses from competing. However, there is limited gender differentiated data available on government contractors. This suggests that policy-makers are unlikely to know the extent to which women entrepreneurs, many of whom own or run small or medium-sized businesses are able to successfully win government contracts. Only a handful of Commonwealth countries have designed public procurement policies which provide special derogation for competing companies based on gender (or ethnicity, for racially- polarised countries). To find out more and to read the full report, please click here





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