e-GP (Electronic Government Procurement)


e-GP (Electronic Government Procurement)

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Use of SMS - Alert functionalities

Started by Norma Garza. Last reply by Chris Smith Feb 18, 2014. 1 Reply

Hi Chris, thanks for sharing all these great information!  I wanted to ask you more about the Tanzania example.  You say that it uses SMS to issue mobile alerts for new procurement notices.  Do you…Continue

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Comment by Chris Smith on April 2, 2014 at 11:13


The Member States have until April 2016 to transpose the new rules into their national law (except with regard to e-procurement, where the deadline is September 2018).

For the full text of the new directive see:


For guidance notes/FAQs on the new EU directives including how it will strengthen transparency and anti-corruption and how can e-procurement improve public procurement, please see: 




Comment by Chris Smith on March 12, 2014 at 12:28

The Golden Book of e-procurement practices. The study, carried out by a consultant, analyses in depth around 30 electronic platforms used for public procurement in the EU. The report, the "Golden book of e-procurement", presents good practices in the area of e-procurement but also practices that should be avoided. These practices are aimed at helping to improve e-Procurement systems. Good and bad practices take into account, amongst other criteria, the needs of SMEs and cross-border suppliers when using an e- procurement platform.


Comment by Chris Smith on February 27, 2014 at 3:57

Another e-procurement project is about to start! 

This time it's in the Republic of Kosova and funded by the International Development Association for the Public Sector Modernization Project for an end to end e-procurement system for all government procurement. See the procurement notice below for further details:

Invitation for Bids for end to end e-procurement system for Governm...

Comment by Chris Smith on February 14, 2014 at 5:25

Great to see there is a new World Bank eTransform Ghana project starting in 2014 which includes a US$5mn component for implementing e-procurement (e-Sourcing, e-Tendering and “e-Purchasing) - see:


Once implemented, there should be a wealth of contracting data available from the e-procurement system.

Good luck!

Comment by Chris Smith on February 4, 2014 at 9:38

One of my favourite public procurement portals - Government of Tanzania Public Procurement Regulatory Authority http://www.ppra.go.tz

Particularly like the use of SMS to issue mobile alerts for new procurement notices - neat idea! 

Comment by Chris Smith on January 14, 2014 at 17:43



Government agencies around the world have been using information technology (IT) and the internet to deliver government services and to access information electronically for several years, practices which are commonly referred to as e-government initiatives. For many governments, one of the more successful and applicable initiatives is the delivery of electronic procurement to enhance transparency, establish an open marketplace for procurement needs, and support the introduction of procurement reforms to better manage and monitor public procurement activities.

The development of electronic procurement systems has created a number of new options and methods for supporting the procurement processes of governments and for embracing the efficiencies and savings that can be realized. These electronic systems are commonly referred to as electronic government procurement (e-GP). This handbook does not advocate the adoption of one particular path for implementation of e-GP. Instead, it identifies key decision areas for e-GP implementation and attempts to provide the inputs required for decision making.

Effective and efficient procurement practices and policies

Though much of the content presented focuses on the "electronic" component of e-GP, this guide also tries to reinforce that e-GP is not only about the electronic implementation of procurement practices. It is more about instituting effective and efficient procurement practices and policies through institutional procurement reforms guided by policy and business re-engineering to support a more efficient and effective procurement process that uses electronic tools. Governments are encouraged to take a broad look at their overall objectives and develop long-term strategies for the implementation of e-GP as part of an overall procurement reform and business re-engineering initiative.

This e-GP toolkit includes a readiness assessment to help governments identify where they are in relation to the various phases presented in this guide from both a technology standpoint and a policy standpoint. This handbook provides an alternative readiness assessment tool which may also assist in the development of an overall strategy.


  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations 
  • Introduction
  • The Case for e-Government Procurement 
  • Policy, Legal, and Regulatory Framework 
  • Strategic Considerations for Government Implementers 
  • Change Management and Capacity Development 
  • Readiness Assessment
  • Implementation in Government 
  • e-Government Procurement Functionalities 
  • e-Government Procurement Technical Requirements and Specifications 
  • e-Government Procurement from a Supplier Point of View 
  • References

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