Title: The price registration system in centralised public procurement of ICT goods and services in Brazil
Authors: Waldemiro Francisco Sorte Junior
Addresses: Ministry of Economy, Government of Brazil, Esplanada dos Ministérios, Bloco C, Sala 101, 70046-900, Brasilia-DF, Brazil
Abstract: This paper is based on a case study conducted in the Centralized Procurement Department of the Ministry of Economy in Brazil and provides empirical evidence of the advantages and disadvantages of an instrument for aggregated procurement known as the price registration system (SRP). The case study examined seven procurement processes for the acquisition of information and communication technology (ICT) goods and services conducted by the department in 2020 and identified cost reduction, the development of robust specifications and the elimination of duplicated tasks as some of the advantages of the SRP. In addition, the SRP provides greater flexibility for public bodies as they can enter into contracts according to their real demands and when the need emerges, using the registered prices. This paper also points out deficiencies of the SRP and indicates possible directions for improvement.
Keywords: aggregated procurement; centralised public procurement; information and communication technology; ICT; price registration system; framework agreement; Brazil.
International Journal of Procurement Management, 2022 Vol.15 No.6, pp.811 - 834
Received: 04 May 2020
Accepted: 20 Mar 2021
Published online: 30 Sep 2022 *