New State Procurement System Will Operate in 2010

Costa Rica's new state procurement website is scheduled for February 2010.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Grupo ICE, together with the Technical Secretary for Digital Government and the State Procurement System of Korea will implement the system, so-called Mer-Link.

Krissia Morris writes at Prensa Libre's website: "The first module includes providers registration and product catalog. The second stage will begin on July 2010, when the purchasing processes will start, going from the electronic offer to product delivery".

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The second phase of the public purchases system known as “Mer-link” will go live on August 15.

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The website published: "By being a fully digital process, it ensures greater transparency, increases supplier participation and achieves better prices."

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