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Global Public Procurement Glossary

Access to glossary of international public procurement terms from the Partnership for Public Procurement added to PMWL

15 February 2017 – Dallas, TX and Sydney, Australia - A new resource has been added to the PM World Library (PMWL) in the Glossaries and Dictionaries section.  The new resource is titled "Global Public Procurement Glossary."

Program and project management professionals need to understand the meanings of many PPM terms and phrases.  Knowledge of specialized acronyms and terms used for communications, contracting and procurement, finance and cost control, general management, leadership, quality, scheduling and time management, and other skills and functions can also be very useful.  This is especially true when crossing borders or industries.

The Global Public Procurement Glossary is available from the Partnership for Public Procurement that was formed in 2011 by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) and The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP) to apply their combined strength to foster a common international standard of public procurement practice. The Partnership supports the needs of public sector procurement officials across the world, providing educational resources, organizational development and transformation services. As the procurement profession continues to evolve as a critical component of the work of government, the need for a clear, concise and comprehensive reference for public purchasing terms and concepts becomes more essential. Containing more than 2300 entries, this compilation of terms, acronyms and definitions articulates terms that have unique meanings relevant to purchasing activities. These definitions are intended to be informational only and should not be construed as legal.

To access this new resource, go to Glossaries section in the PMWL at, click on “Glossaries for Applications, Skills and Support Functions”, then scroll down “Contracting and Procurement Terms” to find this resource.  Free access, but must be registered and logged in.