July 29, 2019
Key Milestone Achieved in Procurement Modernization
As part of the Provincial Government’s commitment to modernizing procurement, a contract has been awarded to Merx Network Inc. to implement and manage an electronic procurement solution for e-bidding. E-bidding will help save time and money by eliminating the need to drop off a paper copy to the procurement offices within Tendering and Contracts or the Public Procurement Agency.
The new e-procurement system, which is expected to be implemented by March 2020, supports the ability to build, view, respond and evaluate public tenders online. This solution allows suppliers to submit bids online, eventually replacing the paper-based process used for the majority of procurement opportunities.
The new e-bidding tool provides suppliers the opportunity to increase effectiveness and efficiencies by allowing them to manage their own accounts, including self-registration, identify types of open calls of interest and receive electronic notification when open calls are published.
The system will be a “one-stop” single site of procurement opportunities in the public sector by improving access to other opportunities that are posted outside government departments.
The value of the five-year contract with Merx Network is $209,225.
This e-procurement system meets several commitments from The Way Forward, including the modernization of government procurement practices and Digital Government Initiative that is focused on improving service delivery between government, citizens and businesses.
“Our new procurement framework, introduced last year, provides increased transparency, consistency and flexibility and ensures an open and competitive bidding process. This new, modern approach is accessible and user-friendly, helping make it easier for suppliers to do business with government.”
Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh
Minister Responsible for the Public Procurement Agency
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New Procurement Act Now in Effect
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