ICT ministry saves US$23.2mn through e-procurement PC purchase

- Monday, July 4, 2011

ICT ministry saves US$23.2mn through e-procurement PC purchase

Colombia's government has closed a laptop purchase for the ICT ministry's Computadores para Educar (Computers for Education) program, though an e-procurement process that saved the country 41bn pesos (US$23.2mn), the ministry said in a statement.

Three out of the nine companies bidding were chosen, from which a total 66,300 PCs and 132,600 mice will be purchased for the Vive Digital national ICT plan. The companies' names were not disclosed.

The government managed to purchase more than double the expected number of computers with a 46% decrease from the starting price of the electronic auction.

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The computers will have a dual core processor, 2GB memory, 320GB hard drive, a 14-inch screen and a three-year warranty. The equipment is expected to benefit more than 500,000 children in public schools.

With this purchase, Computers for Education will contribute with 12% of the four-year Vive Digital plan, which envisions the distribution of 750,000 terminals for education in the low-income sector.