Digital Marketplace plans to go global

Digital Marketplace plans to go global

The Digital Marketplace is transforming government purchases of technology and digital services by opening the market to small and medium-sized enterprise (SMEs) suppliers.

A partnership between GDS and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Global Digital Marketplace aims to help international governments make their procurement more transparent, to prevent corruption and boost their digital, data and technology sectors.

In a blogpost, Digital Marketplace director Warren Smith said that £3.2bn has been spent through the Digital Marketplace in just under six years, of which 48% was spent with SMEs – £1.43 of every £3.

The Digital Marketplace has changed the UK procurement landscape and now it is ready to go global. He said: “We’re working on a project called Global Digital Marketplace. As the name suggests, it’s an expansion of the Digital Marketplace that will be open to international governments. And it means UK suppliers will have access to the global market.”

The ‘GDS: Global Digital Marketplace’ event will be held in London on 12 April 2018 in collaboration with The Whitehall & Industry Group, a charity that brings business, government and not-for-profit organisations together to build constructive dialogue and learn from each other. The event is open to government and industry, particularly digital, data and technology (DDaT) suppliers. Large enterprises and SMEs who are interested in exporting their services globally can participate.

Smith said: “We announced the project at an event last September, where we looked at how Global Digital Marketplace could support emerging economies to deliver better public services and reform their digital and technology procurement. We’re holding another event next month to further refine how Global Digital Marketplace can work.”

Challenges and opportunities of exporting DDaT services to support global government transformation will be discussed at the event. In particular, discussions will be held regarding how GDS plans to work collaboratively with UK DDaT supplier partners, support Smart City initiatives around the world, work with government organisations and suppliers to support international governments to deliver transformation.

Smith said: “We also want you to help us refine the ICT Commissioning Playbook, which we’ve co-designed with the Governments of Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Chile. This will influence how the Global Digital Marketplace works. We crowd-sourced contributions for the playbook at our September event and we’ll be sharing the first draft for consultation at the event on 12 April.”

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The event will run from 9am to 12.30pm and will have a mixture of interactive sessions, panel discussions and case study presentations.