With an aim to reduce project costs, the government has decided to give preference to open source software (OSS) over proprietary in e-governance procurements.
“The government of India shall endeavour to adopt open source software in all e-governance systems implemented by various government organisations as a preferred option in comparison to closed source software (CSS),” states the policy titled ‘Adoption of Open Source Software for Government of India’.
It mentions this clause as mandatory under the nature of compliance category.
A user of OSS can customise this software for own use, without having to pay any royalty to its previous developer. Most offer OSS without any charge.
This software is available for use both by end consumers and business organisations.
Some of the known OSS players include Ubuntu, RedHat Linux, Joomla, Apache Software and GIMP.
However, CSS is a different proposition where companies charge licence or royalty fee for the proprietary software. Continue reading →
Kenya plans to start tendering in May for toll-road contracts estimated by the government to be worth $2 billion to improve the efficiency of the East African nation’s biggest commercial routes, a Treasury official said.
The contracts will be in addition to the 45 deals worth about $3.2 billion that the government will start awarding as early as next week, to double the nation’s paved-road network through an annuity program.
The government is planning to introduce five toll projects covering about 800 kilometers (500 miles), including a new 482-kilometer dual-carriage highway between the port city of Mombasa and the capital, Nairobi, Stanley Kamau, director of the Public Private Partnership Unit at the Treasury, said in an interview on Monday.
“We have engaged transaction advisers and we are now working on the feasibility, final cost estimates, possible toll charges and the time of recouping investors money,” Kamau said.
Kenya is retaining PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to advise on the development and maintenance of the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, while it hired Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Pvt. Ltd. of India for the same scope of work for a new 176-kilometer highway connecting the capital to the southwestern city of Nakuru. Intercontinental consultants will also advise on the operation and maintenance of the 80-kilometer Nairobi-Thika road, according to the Treasury. Continue reading →
AUSTRALIAN Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has issued an invitation to tender for engineering design and environmental consultancy services for the Inland Rail project, the first contract to be tendered for the new freight link from Brisbane to Melbourne.
The 1700km route will combine upgraded sections of the existing interstate freight network with new lines to create a new north-south route for freight traffic bypassing congested lines in the Sydney area, which will reduce Brisbane – Melbourne journey times by around 10 hours. The line will be cleared for double-stack container trains and high axle-loads with a maximum speed of 115km/h.
The contract covers the development of reference designs for track alignment, hydrology, detailed designs for replacement structures, and environmental assessment for the upgrading of the 106km Parkes – Narromine section and the 307km new-build Narrabri – North Star stretch of the route in New South Wales. The closing date for registrations is March 20.
The Australian government has allocated $US 300m for the initial phases of the project and the minister for infrastructure and regional development Mr Warren Truss has charged ARTC with developing a 10-year implementation plan. Former deputy prime minister Mr John Anderson has been appointed to head the Inland Rail Implementation Group, which will oversee the planning process.
Three priority sections have been identified for the initial stage of the project, including the Parkes – Narromine and Narrabri – North Star sections in New South Wales and Rosewood – Kagaru line in Queensland, which is expected to bring immediate benefits for freight traffic on the Toowoomba – Brisbane corridor.
NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi government’s ambitious smart city project has run into a hitch with the last-minute cancellation of its first major tender — to hire a consultant — amid allegations of “conflict of interest”.
International consultancy firm McKinsey “unofficially” helped out the urban development ministry in preparing the groundwork for the Rs 7,000-crore project and one of its consultants even authored a key tender document for the selection of the consultant, said people in the know. However, the firm itself wasn’t barred from bidding for the tender and was apparently working on a bid when the tender was scrapped on March 9, barely 48 hours before the closing date, these people said.
McKinsey’s role in the project was revealed after the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), which is responsible to implement the project, released the tender seeking request for qualification cum request for proposal on February 17. The document was uploaded on the NIUA website and a cursory look at the Word file’s properties showed McKinsey consultant Amit Gupta as its author The document was also uploaded on the government’s Central Public Procurement portal. Continue reading →
You cannot overvalue the significance of the art of writing bid whether it is of railway tenders or IT tenders, because a company’s financial future could depend on it. Most contracts with the government and some private sector contracts are awarded on the basis of winning competitions. If you are looking to get a piece of this cake then you should know all there is to writing bids. Many firms that want to work in government contracts are eliminated solely on the basis of writing poorly. The ability to write properly will enlarge the success of your company in the bidding for new business in public sector.
1. The Tender Board can be a standing group. It might consist of a board member as
chairman, the purchasing director, probably a technical expert, and a non-aligned person to
act as secretary.
2. To ensure equality of treatment of all tenders, the Tender Board meets on the nominated
day, at the nominated time, in a location suitable to accommodate all interested parties, if a
public opening. If not, in a closed office. All bids are date and time stamped and recorded, with
total costs noted.
3. Late tenders or bids should preferably not be opened but should be date and time stamped
and returned to the bidder with a letter of explanation. It may be that in some companies ALL
tenders are opened and those which were late, annotated as such, and kept separate from
valid bids, submitted within the timescale stipulated.
Invitations to tender should normally consist of the following sections; it will however
depend upon the complexity of the requirement.
Part 1 – Defines the contract, giving details of timescales for commencement and completion
Part 2 – Contains the “Conditions of Contract” wherein the commercial details are explained in
simple language; where appropriate the draft contract can be included.
Part 3 – Should be a pricing schedule
Part 4 – Will give details of the scope of the work or services or the quantity and frequency of
requirements of goods or services to be supplied.
Part 5 – Depending on the size of the contract, should highlight all procedural requirements,
such as third party inspection, variations if any, the communication route and names of people
involved in discharging contractual requirements and so on.
Part 6 – The specification; if a “Technical” specification this should give full details of the work,
supply or service to be undertaken; current preference is for this to be a “performance” or
“functional” specification, which allows freedom of choice to the bidder as to how best to
meet the requirement. Continue reading →
• Early intelligence – Special advanced information reports prepared by our global team of analysts on upcoming development projects ahead of normal channels.
• Projects – The “mother (or source)” projects, loans or grants where most procurements come from. A project is a set of activities with multiple procurements aimed at improving a certain sector to alleviate poverty. These often come from multilateral banks and some bilateral donor agencies.
• Tenders – Either procurement notices (SPNs) which have a defined scope of work, or general procurement notices (GPNs) which are published by the implementing agency to announce a possible procurement in the near future. SPNs have deadline dates for the submission of expressions of interest, bidding documents, or pre-qualification documents.
There are a number of procurement methods from which procurers may choose from, variously called: invitation to tender (ITT), invitation to bid(ITB), request for tender (RFT), request for bids (RFB), request for proposals (RFP), request for quotation (RFQ), or request for information (RFI). Essentially, all these terms describe an invitation to prospective suppliers of goods or services to submit a bid. In other words, an invitation to tender is an invitation to make an offer. Clear tender requirements make it easier for companies to understand what is expected of them and may encourage additional bidders.
Once a company has decided to submit a bid in the tendering process, it may be required to complete a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ). The tender document will detail the information that is required. Continue reading →