Procurement practitioners are the principal actors in the public procurement process. They are responsible for ensuring the goal of public procurement is achieved. They must gain stakeholder’s trust and ensure they fully understand the procurement process and principles.
Procurement practitioners are directly and indirectly engaged in the procurement process, from need assessment to contract close-out. Although, they are more directly involved in the public procurement process, they also provide advice and support during contract execution.
Stakeholders of Public Procurement
Stakeholders are those who stand to benefit from the results of public procurement, including those interested in the process and who might be affected, directly or indirectly, by a particular procurement action.
The difference between actors and stakeholders is primarily participation. Actors play an active role in the procurement process, while stakeholders a more passive role. Actors are also stakeholders because of the benefits they derive from the use of public goods and services.
Beneficiaries of Public Procurement
All inhabitants of a country are beneficiaries of the public procurement system through public goods and services available and provided in the form of transportation systems, public utilities, educational systems, and medical services and facilities, among others.