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Proudly sponsored by The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) and FREE NOW




Following on from the success of our 2019 conference, which welcomed over 100 delegates attending from a wide range of Public Sector organisations and following a brief hiatus in 2020 due to the unprecedented disruption caused by the pandemic, PAI are delighted to be back with our Public Procurement Conference for 2021.

This popular conference event will provide a platform to discuss significant policy developments and key areas of focus for government in Public Procurement 2021 including:

  • Developments in Public Procurement Law for 2021
  • Professionalising Procurement, Supporting the Framework and Realising the Goals for Government
  • Policy Update—International Procurement Instrument & the Implementation of the IPI as a Key Priority
  • Bid-rigging: New Approaches to Detection and Deterrence
  • Post Brexit Reforms and Negotiations – a Cross Boarder Analysis
  • Green Public Procurement

Our programme of conference topics will be addressed by a variety of interesting speakers from a policy perspective. The conference is always very popular and is a must-attend for anyone involved in public procurement in Ireland.

It will be a useful, public policy-focused event for the public service. It will also offer valuable opportunities for networking with exhibitors, sponsors, and colleagues from across the public sector.




Our Conference Chair – Patrick McGovern

Chairing our conference is Patrick McGovern, Independent Procurement Consultant, and former Partner at Arthur Cox, where he specialised in Procurement Law projects. He has written extensively on procurement and is a co-author of a book on this topic.




Patrick Kenny, The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC)

Patrick Kenny is a Member of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC). As well as collegiate decision making with other Members on all aspects of the organisation, he currently oversees the Consumer Protection, Criminal Enforcement, Digital Investigations, Policy & International and Legal Services Divisions.
Patrick is an economist. He took up his present responsibilities on 31 October 2014 upon the amalgamation of the Competition Authority with the National Consumer Agency. Patrick served as the CCPC representative on the Hamilton Review group, which made a number of recommendations on bid-rigging and the screening of public procurement processes for bid-rigging.



Full Conference Details

Title: PAI’s Annual Public Procurement Conference
Date: Wednesday 10th November 2021
Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm
CPD: 4 CPD Hours
Method of Delivery: Face-to-Face / Online – Depending on Government Guidelines
Fee: €325





Tailored Training 

All of our open programmes can also be run on an in-house basis. For more information, see our page on In-House Training.





Conference Sponsors

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC)

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) is the statutory body responsible for promoting compliance with, and enforcing, competition and consumer protection law in Ireland. We strive to improve consumer welfare across the economy by enforcing over 40 legislative instruments, including product safety legislation.

Our aim is to make markets work better for consumers. To achieve this, we work to influence public debate and policy development, grow public understanding of the importance of open and competitive markets, promote competition and highlight the interests of consumers.

We provide information to consumers about their rights, personal finance and product safety, through a consumer helpline, a dedicated section of our website, public awareness campaigns and through our various financial education initiatives.




FREE NOW for Business, formerly mytaxi, is the Public Sector’s leading ground transportation partner founded in 2009. As Ireland’s only nationwide taxi service, this provide organisations with average wait times as low as  4 minutes via a 13,500 strong licensed fleet (1,200 of this makes up Ireland’s largest Wheelchair Accessible fleet). FREE NOW for Business are actively supporting both the HSE and OGP frameworks, helping the health service and public sector regain control of their taxi costs – while providing you with the safest, most reliable service on the market. 

Many public sector organisations are now looking to make a move to a digital offering in order to avail of accurate, automated reporting, seamless contract tracing for duty of care and trackable CO2 emission reports to hit your sustainability targets. The balance between cost and value is crucial in the Public Sector space – we are on hand to take a consultative approach to find a credible way to ensure the best value when it comes to taxi transport.







Participant limits apply, secure your place now.

Multiple Delegate Discount

3+ Delegates – 5% Discount
5+ Delegates – 10% Discount
10+ Delegates – 15% Discount

To avail of our multiple delegate discount for 3 or more delegates, you must email registrations@pai.ie with the name and details of all those you wish to book. All those you wish to book on must be booked at the same time.

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Public Procurement Conference - 10th November 2021 - €325

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