Public Procurement Code (CCP) – Encouraging Innovation and Development

Public Procurement Code (CCP) – Encouraging Innovation and Development

On 26 June 2013, another session was held, organised by PTPC, together with InCI, under the theme “Public Procurement Code (CCP) – Encouraging Innovation and Development”.

The main objective of the event was to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the procedures legislated and adopted for public procurement, in our country, and to define a line of action/intervention in the definition of these matters.
This action had the presence of representatives of several entities intervening in the public works tendering processes, namely, Project Owners, Designers, Constructors and Researchers. The opening session was in charge of Fernando Silva (President of InCI) and Rita Moura (President of PTPC). Vítor Carneiro (APPC), Valadares Tavares (IST), Guida Pitta da Cunha (CPCI) and Braga da Cruz (APDL) took part in the debate.

Issues related to Design and Build, Competitive Dialogue, Variant Proposals, Design Tender, Equivalent Solutions to the specifications were highlighted, approached and debated.

As a general consideration, we may note, on the one hand, a pressing need for a “cultural change” with regard to contractual procedures adopted by awarding entities, and on the other hand, the necessary adaptation of the legislative contents to the national reality and culture, for example, legislation being addressed and written in a simpler manner, so that everyone can understand and apply it.

As a conclusion, we list several aspects, of a more specific nature, which need to be implemented or improved, namely:

  • Innovation in competition procedures – product, process and value chain innovation;
  • Adoption of a more transparent and effective procedure such as the Competitive Dialogue;
  • Overcoming some difficulties faced by Construction Project Owners such as abnormally low prices, complex administrative procedures, limited time and costs, lack of technical and scientific knowledge regarding innovative trends;
  • Greater investment in planning;
  • Consideration, at the design stage, of concepts such as the useful life of a project, innovation in materials, the “best value” concept, advice, quality, performance achieved;
  • The development of manuals of good practice and standardisation of procedures.