Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – The government has invited tender electronically for the first time aiming to build a digital Bangladesh by 2021, officials said.

The Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) of the Ministry of Planning published the tender notice on www.eprocure.gov.bd on Monday for procuring laptop, desktop computers and UPS for the electronic government procurement (e-GP) laboratory at the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU).

The bidders who have registered with the system under the goods category have automatically received the message on the publication of the tender notice on the e-GP system. Now the bidders will upload necessary documents from the e-GP portal and they will submit those on the system electronically.

The CPTU has developed the national e-GP web portal which was officially inaugurated by Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina on June 2 this year.

Since then the e-GP web portal has been open for registration of the bidders and the procuring entities. Until October 3, 2011, a total of 237 bidders, 33 procuring entities and over 300 branches of seven scheduled banks were registered with the system.

The first electronic government tender has been invited by Director General of CPTU Amulya Kumar Debnath under the Open Tender Method (OTM).

The tender closing date is October 19, 2011.

The e-tender is being implemented on a pilot basis among four target agencies-Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Rural Electrification Board (REB).

The electronic tender has been invited in line with the present government vision for building a digital Bangladesh by 2021. CPTU is implementing the e-GP system under the Public Procurement Reform Project-II supported by the World Bank.

BBN/SSR/AD-04Oct11-10:47 am (BST)