IAPSOInter-Agency Procurement Services Office (UN)
IAPSOInternational Association of the Physical Sciences of the Ocean
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IAPSO is traditionally known for the long-term agreements it enters into on behalf of the UN for items in common use in aid and development projects.
Today, IAPSO customers can obtain one of the best competitive deals available in the market by using the Internet.
IAPSO also made a substantial investment in creating a business-to-business e-procurement programme tailored to the realities of development cooperation.
The low-cost, alternative e-procurement solution developed by IAPSO is available to all partners working in the development field.
IAPSO's e-procurement solution offers exciting opportunities for suppliers from developing countries.
IAPSO strongly supports ITC's effort to increase participation in development aid procurement from African suppliers.
Procurement notices for large-scale procurement or long-term agreements of UN agencies are also available for free on the IAPSO web site under "Supplying the UN" and "Procurement Notices".
Along with the General Conditions for the Procurement of Goods, these principles are available online in the General Business Guide for Potential Suppliers of Goods and Services published by IAPSO. Generally, goods supplied to UN agencies are exempt from taxes and duties.
An international call for tenders is published in the UN publication Development Business, in IAPSO's Business Opportunities (http://www.iapso.org) or by advertising in other trade publications.
Additional details on UN organization procurement rules, ranging from sourcing activities to executing the procurement contract, can be found on the IAPSO web site under "Supplying the UN", "General Business Guide," "Additional Information" and "Common Guidelines for Procurement by Organizations in the UN system".
IAPSO reports that the total value of UN procurement from economies in transition and developing countries represented 36.3% in 2000.
IOC, SCOR, and IAPSO, 2010: The International Thermodynamic Equation of Seawater--2010: Calculation and use of thermodynamic properties.