Software tender portal for public procurement launched
Government has launched internet based platform to invite public tender on development projects and local software firms from now can participate in all such tender process of different ministries' under one roof.
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi inaugurated the service at the closing ceremony of BASIS SoftExpo at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in the capital on Sunday evening.
ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak was special guest on the occasion while BASIS President Syed Almas Kabir chaired the meeting.
South Asia's largest exposition of information technology enabled services held the event conducted with a vow to expand the outreach of Bangladeshi product beyond the border.
The platform (basisegovhub.info) will enabled private sector service developer to participate in the government procurement directly from web and can secure other information about tender process of all ministries.
ICT Division Access to Information programme Chief Technology Officer Mohammad Arfe Elahi and BASIS Director Tamzid Siddiq Spondon demonstrated the functioning of the tender platform at the function.
Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) organized the sixteenth edition of SoftExpo where over 300 local firms participated.
Tipu Munshi said the government can't ensure sustainable development without support from the private sector as we found contribution of technology firms in advancement of Digital Bangladesh programme is rapidly gaining momentum.
Zunaid Ahmed Palak said the government will handle software development for public sector worth of Tk 2 billion which will receive from the local software firms.
"The government has opened service design lab at 25 ministries among 56 while 90 percent of public services are conducted digitally," Palak added.
Around 0.5 million visitors witnessed the innovative technologies made by local firms at the four-day long exposition, according to the organizers.