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Tender Notices Online offers new phase of transparency
Tendering amid awarding of Government contracts has a new phase of transparency with the introduction of Tender Notices Online, Indrani Rampersad, chairman and director of contracts at the Central Tenders Board (CTB), announced on Wednesday. A joint initiative by the CTB and iGovTT, Tender Notices Online facilitates the posting of state contracts on the TTConnect portal in real time, allowing potential bidders to interact efficiently and effectively with government for government business.
The service will provide an on-line searchable repository of active and archived government tenders that will allow business operators access to instant notifications of jobs posted through news feeds available through cost free subscriptions.
“It is very important to have this service so stakeholders can access tender notices published by the Central Tenders Board with ease. It is a service that is very user-friendly and due to the wide audience, we expect more bidders. Now, this will have ripple effects and increase competition and will also upgrade the quality of productivity, as well as having more economic efficiency,” Rampersad said.
“I am also glad that the award of the contracts will be published on TTConnect. It is an international best practice in procurement legislation. The Central Tenders Board grasps the opportunity to embrace this initiative by iGovTT. We are also very pleased to state that there are ongoing discussions regarding future initiatives of the CTB.”
Possible areas for the project’s expansion, she said, include information and communication technology (ICT), road mapping, technical planning, change management, advisory services—which include network architecture designing, storage services, business advisory services, process mapping services and project management.
Rampersad said the areas identified were in preparatory stage for new procurement legislation: “The initiatives mentioned do not change when there is a new legislative framework since they promote the principles of good governance. Transparency, accountability, integrity and value for money: these buzz words are critical in any procurement process.”
Adam Montserin, chief executive officer, iGovTT, said the latest Global Competitiveness Index produced by the World Economic Forum placed this country in a new and exciting category as an innovation-driven economy. This was something special for the country, he said, as the country is now competing with more fiercely-productive, highly-competitive nations for rankings.
“So it means for us, the demands for us—our businesses, our Government, our private sector—to become more connected, even more with you. If we aren’t very serious about it in the coming year, you are going to see a very significant decline (in our rankings).
“One of the three dimensions of this innovative-driven pillar is the ability and the quality of our business network to be set up and utilised; networks that touch Government and the private sector. As a matter of fact, the WEF refers to the quality of a country’s business network and its supporting industries, as measured by the quality and quantity of local suppliers and their interaction with Government to be critical in moving forward in this area,” Montserin said.
He said TTConnect addressed the issue by providing a platform to create significant efficiencies in networking between Government and the private sector, which also provides an opportunity for the Government to advance the relationship transformation between the State and citizens.
Montserin said: “Tender Notices Online takes away from the citizen, the need to have to understand who is offering what, when, how and literally fish for information on tenders that are being offered by Government. It is now being offered through a one-stop shop. Although this service may seem simple, it really is tremendously impactful.”
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