On July 2, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Department of Finance, Esther Rigobert, signed a five-year contract with a British firm, In-Tend Ltd. (www.in-tend.co.uk/) in the amount of One Hundred and Ten Thousand United States Dollars
(USD110,000) for the provision of an Electronic Government Procurement (e- GP) application for the Government of Saint Lucia.
The contract was awarded following an international competitive selection process conducted under the Procurement Regulations of the World Bank (WB), which is administering a grant from the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom.
The award of this contract marks the culmination of a sustained programme of cooperation between the Government of Saint Lucia, WB and DFID in the area of public procurement reform.
This programme included a reform of Saint Lucia’s legislation and regulations, the development of standard procurement documents for future use by all Government agencies in the award of publicly funded contracts and the preparation of the Government’s e-GP strategy, which resulted in the award of a contract to In-Tend.
In-Tend is one of the world’s leading providers of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) e-GP applications to governments, with more than 500 institutions in over 100 countries around the world currently using its applications.
The e-GP System implementation has commenced and testing of the localized system is expected by August, 2020, with user training to commence by September, 2020. The expectation is that the pilot phase will go live by the end of September, 2020.