Bhutan launched the Phase II of an e-GP system on Tuesday.
The system was launched by Lyonpo Namgay Tshering, minister of finance of the royal government of Bhutan, in Thimphu, says a press release.
Kesang Demi, director general of the department of national properties, gave the welcome address and highlighted the benefits of e-GP for all stakeholders, and the challenges faced in this very important reform process.
Dohatec New Media, an international software vendor, developed and delivered the e-GP system for the Bhutan government.
The system incorporates extensive features by using the national IT infrastructure. Resources of different agencies are integrated in the system.
In the e-GP space, almost all types of e-procurement modules are in the system. Online bid opening and complete bid evaluation are provided.
Bhutan has a high capacity in public procurement in its civil administration. The system was first launched in 2017 and has been operational since then. According to the finance minister, e-GP enjoys a special thrust in their strategy.
Dohatec is engaged in Nepal and Bangladesh e-GP systems. Dohatec has developed the public procurement MIS with 45 key indicators.
The launching ceremony in Bhutan was held in a conference hall and online with the presence of a host of distinguished organisations, including the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.
Luna Shamsuddoha, chairman of Dohatec, gave an overview of the e-GP system, and highlighted how important public procurement is to the economies of developing countries.
Karma Wangdi, chief procurement officer, gave the vote of thanks, and said that time and effort from the e-GP team were selfless.
He appreciated the flexibility and rapid response to the ever-changing requirements from Dohatec.
He said support from Dohatec was unwavering.