Jul 6, 2010

Govt seeks laptop suppliers

ON the heels of the People’s Partnership’s vow in the recent General Election to give a laptop to all Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) Exam pupils, the Government yesterday advertised in the press to invite bids from suppliers.

An advert placed by the National Information and Communication Technology Company Limited (iGovTT) said, “iGovTT invites bids from qualified manufacturers for the manufacture, supply and delivery of computer hardware, laptops and peripherals .”

The company said its role is the designing, procuring, managing, implementing and maintaining ICT solutions for Government.

The advert said printed bid packages can be obtained for a fee of $250 from the iGovTT office at Lord Harris Court, 52 Pembroke Street, Port-of-Spain.

From the July 4 date of the publication of this invitation to tender, the company set a closing date of July 15, giving potential bidders about 11 days to put together a proposal.

Minister of Education, Dr Tim Gopeesingh, recently said he was confident the Government could supply laptops to the country’s near 20,000 SEA pupils in time for the September opening of the new school term.

You can read the rest of the story via this link  www.newsday.co.tt

The Peoples Partnership had taken the first step to ensure that their election promise of one laptop per child to all Secondary Entrance Assessment Exam pupils is met for the upcoming opening of the new school term.

The tendering process has begun and should take eleven days for the prospective suppliers to put forward a package for consideration. It has been a known fact that this tendering procedure was coming and most of the suppliers probably already have their source in place with a price structure that they hope will bring home the desired contract.

In  the end it is hoped that the children obtain a laptop that will be tailored to their needs at a fair market value to the government. Everyone needs to profit from their buisness dealings but in this case we do hope that the needs of the children are kept in the forefront  thereby ensuring that the public purse is spent constructively.






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