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New website introduced as part of national plan to apply online bidding in the 2016-2025 period.
By 2025 all public procurement, such as buying technology and facilities, will be implemented via http://muasamcong.mpi.gov.vn, the official website for public bidding and the management of procurement information.
The website comes under the national plan to apply online bidding in the 2016-2025 period, which was recently approved by the Prime Minister.
All standards regarding quantity and quality when implementing regular public procurement, such as buying vehicles and working facilities, must be made public on the website. Bidding for pharmaceuticals will also be conducted online.
In 2018 the online system will be upgraded so it performs stably and safely and meets users’ needs. It is expected to be able to collect fees from contractors when participating in bids, and will have other features such as online payments and e-billing for online bank guarantees of contractors.
A tracking system to assess bidding activities and the competence of the contractors will also be researched. Open contracting and an e-catalogue for public procurement will be built this year. The system has to be completed for bidding under the public-private partnership (PPP) model.
In the 2019-2025 period the system is to have the capacity to manage and inspect PPP contractors in the bidding process. The national public procurement network will be connected with other e-government systems. Along with completing the technology infrastructure for electronic public procurement, associated legal documents will also be completed in this period.
The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) will adjust the proportion of e-bidding to meet the target that, by 2025, all information on selecting contractors will be published in the system. At least 70 per cent of bid contracts regulated by law on procurement will be implemented on the system, as will all regular public procurement.
Online bidding is a key step in the national plan for e-government. By applying technology the interaction between investors, contractors, State agencies, and social organizations will be enhanced and contribute to improving State management and the use of State budget, develop the socio-economy, accelerate administrative reform, bolster transparency and competitiveness in bidding, and prevent corruption.
The government is determined to improve public procurement activities. Ms. Nguyen Thi Thuy Hang, Deputy Director General of the Public Procurement Agency under MPI, told a TPP conference in Hanoi on June 14 that public procurement is a challenging matter for Vietnam.
Transparency is the greatest challenge in public procurement under the TPP, she said, and would be improved by accelerating online bidding. She called for the public procurement content in the TPP to become a decree and for the development of online bidding to be pushed harder.