Following our Wellington Committee meeting in November last year Peter Busfield has been formally invited to join the Business Reference Group (BRG) operated by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment. The BRG has been established to provide a business context to the Government Procurement Reform Programme. It is made up of some 15-20 representatives from differing business sectors. It meets every six weeks in Wellington. We look forward to working together to create better opportunities for the New Zealand Marine industry and in particular the Commercial Vessels Group.
Under mentioned are some notes from our Wellington meeting:
- The current planned spend on government procurement is $39 billion
- There will be more emphasis on whole of life rather than lower cost
- They will be looking at the total market and management of the contract
- Producing guidance to influences regarding the function of government agencies and measures of performance including tools and templates to assist tenders to openly go out to the market
- Promote to engage with the markets not just put out a tender
- Drive away from lowest cost mentality
- Look at alternatives or innovative approaches
- Looking for a more level playing field and meet requirements of the WTO – GPA
- Operating a ‘meet the buyers/agencies’ program run on a sector basis for example the Christchurch rebuild
- GETS is looking to include international tenders
- The website is available with tools and guidance procedures
Pictured: Commercial Vessels Group – Members and guests at the November 2014 meeting in Wellington.
Front row – (L to R) David Cockell (Lees Marine Group), Ross Williamson (South Pacific Diesel Systems), Clive Bennett (NZ Marine), Colin Mitchell (Q-West Boatbuilders), Brian Macken (Power Equipment NZ), Keith Drake (Babcock NZ), Dave Ford (Volpower), John Cowan (Naiad Design), Geoff Fraser (SeaBoats NZ),
Back row – (L to R) Dave Hopkins (Chairman / Hamilton Jet ), Mark Wightman (Shipco 360), Keith Ingram (Industry Advocate), Peter Busfield (NZ Marine), Richard Harrison (Industry Capability Network (ICN), Murray Heyrick (Principal Advisor Government Procurement), Andrew Stark (Stark Bros)