International cooperation is key to avoiding the exacerbated rivalry between public agencies, as manifested during the COVID-19 crisis. Collaborative approaches to strengthen public procurement processes ‒ including at the international level ‒ and to understanding their impact on global supply chains are necessary in order to avoid disruptions.
- Cross-border sharing of information on risk-management as well as on the availability of essential goods, prices and contacts. This will serve to inform procurement strategies and lessen global supply chain disruptions.
- Regional or bilateral standardisation of procurement procedures, joint procurement agreements, and lending agreements can help smooth over temporary disruptions in the flow of goods by simplifying cross-border transactions, facilitating the sharing of goods and inputs, and improving buying power, particularly those of small states.
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