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Charles Edquist at conference on “Public Procurement and Innovation in Africa”

A conference will be held on “Public Procurement and Innovation in Africa”. The organisers are aiming at strengthening the link between public procurement and innovation in South Africa and other African countries. Different perspectives will be given on the linkage between public procurement and innovation as well as public procurement as an innovation policy tool.

– Published 1 November 2023

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Charles Edquist will talk at a conference on Public Procurement and Innovation in Africa.

Professor Charles Edquist is invited as a head speaker at the conference and will talk about “Functional public procurement for innovation, welfare and sustainability”.

– It is my opinion that this conference is a very important initiative. The combination of research and public policy in public procurement and innovation has an enormous potential to influence economies and societies. Two reasons are the sheer size of public procurement and the centrality of innovation for socio-economic development.

Charles Edquist published his first edited volume on public procurement and innovation in the year 2000 and has since published numerous articles on the topic. He has also advised public agencies, governments, and international organizations on the development of policies in the field.

The conference is organised by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) and will be held in Pretoria, South Africa on November 14-15.

Link to the conference website.