Selling to the government is a pilot indicator set, which measures the ease of accessing and navigating public procurement markets across 78 economies. The procurement process is analyzed across five main areas: accessibility and transparency, bid security, payment delays, incentives for small and medium-size enterprises and complaints mechanisms.
Accessibility and transparency covers whether information is accessible to prospective bidders and how that information can be accessed. The analysis on bid security discusses the amount that prospective bidders need to pay upfront in order to be considered in the bidding process and the form of the security deposit. For payment delays, the indicator set presents the time it takes for the firm to receive payment from the government after the contract is completed and the service has been delivered. The incentives for small and medium-size enterprises component measures whether economies have set up specific legal provisions or policies to promote fair access for small and medium-size firms to government contracts. And for the complaints mechanism component, the indicator set considers the process to file a grievance regarding a public procurement project, including who can file a complaint, where to file a complaint and the independence of the review body and what remedies are granted. See the methodology for more information.