Published: 11 June 2020

AI Procurement in a Box

Last Updated: May 2022

The promises of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies lie beyond our imaginations and the risks accompanying them remain impossible to forecast. Government officials working in procurement can’t be expected to possess the most up-to-date knowledge in this increasingly specialized field. As a result, safeguarding the responsible use of AI technologies requires a multistakeholder effort.

Now is the time to create a set of actionable procurement guidelines to enable good decision-making that can also be evaluated. This project provides a guidebook designed to unlock public-sector adoption of AI through government procurement and a set of complementary tools to demonstrate the emerging global consensus on the responsible deployment of AI technologies.

Government Artificial Intelligence Readiness Index 2019
Government Artificial Intelligence Readiness Index 2019
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Shaping the norms for AI procurement in the public sector will significantly influence best practice in the rest of the market and throughout the industry. The recommendations and supporting material in this package are intended to be put into practice. The resources are available publicly as a “living document” to encourage wide adoption as well as ensure the guidelines evolve with insights from a range of trials.

Innovation procurement

procurement, AI, government, regulation, guidelines, best practice
Innovation procurement can deliver solutions to challenges of public interest
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Procurement in numbers

  • 12%
    Of global GDP is spent following procurement regulation
  • $11tr
    The cost of public procurement globally in 2018
  • $454.8m
    The projected value of the global chatbot market in 2027

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