The town’s economy is diverse and relies on sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture, distribution and tourism. Its activities include electro-technology, textiles, glassware, plastics, food processing and heavy machinery. One of Bistrița’s main employers specialises in the production of lead batteries and accumulators. About 40% of the workforce is still employed in manufacturing although this sector is in decline.
Since the 2008 economic crisis, many factories and businesses closed or relocated and there has been a sharp increase in unemployment. In the 12 months to March 2010 it rose from 2% to 9%. This has further exacerbated the structural economic issues and led to a huge reduction in spending power. We have joined Making Spend Matter to explore how public procurement and spend analysis could provide solutions to these issues, with the objective
- To collect a specific database that will facilitate the analysis of expenditure, train skilled staff to do such an analysis, the possibility to create a software application to do this analysis.
- To raise the awareness of stakeholders regarding the importance of using this type of instruments in public procurement.
- To disseminate the use of such an analysis to a wider audience, for the benefit of all the city.
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