International Network

Institutional relations

The BME persistently strives to expand its international network in the interest of its members.

Within the framework of its GERMANQualitySourcing initiative, the focus lies amongst others on the expansion of the operational partner network and the practice-orientated knowledge transfer and network philosophy.

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Intelligently applying market knowledge and local networks.

The challenges that global purchasing markets face continue to grow. Enterprises that are globally active are inclined to permanently confront and conform to new conditions. SMEs especially are continuously faced with new challenges. For this reason, the BME works in association with German foreign trade chambers from various countries. The goal of the association is to collectively offer a solution for both buyers and SCM-managers.


Current projects are under way with the German commercial representations in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, China, Vietnam and the Balkan region. In addition, points of contact exist in countries such as Canada, Brazil or the Baltic region.

The international federation of all purchasing organisations


The BME is an international board member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM). 48 national and regional purchasing associations are unionised in this international federation. Its goal is to facilitate the development and distribution of knowledge to elevate and advance the procurement profession and to promote international interaction. 

Its goal is to facilitate the development and distribution of knowledge to elevate and advance the procurement profession, thus favourably impacting the standard of living of citizens worldwide through improved business practices.

Cooperation projects


The Procure2Innovate project will improve institutional support for public procurers of information and communication technologies (ICT) and other sectors that implement innovation procurement. The project will establish or expand competence centres for innovation procurement in 10 European Union countries: five are already established in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden; while five new competence centres will be established in Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Portugal.

Procure2Innovate is funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme.






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Olaf Holzgrefe Head of International Development & Affairs
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Anke Imelmann Junior International Project Manager
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Marlene Grauer International Project Manager Northern Europe, CEE and Public Sector
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Lisa Immensack International Project Manager Middle East, North Africa and MENAT
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