More than 80% of govt procurements done through portal

Friday, May 6, 2011

More than 80% of Costa Rican government procurements are carried out through the electronic web site Mer-link, according to local newspaper El Financiero.

The system started operations two years ago and now has 14 institutions interacting and sharing information, including social security system CCSS, state-run insurance company INS, national emergency commission CNE and the electronic payment system Sinpe.

"This application simplifies the process for buyers and suppliers of the service because users don't have to come to provide physical documents to any entity engaged in the buying process, as it has been replaced by an electronic validation," said Mar-Link project manager, Gustavo Morales.

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Mer-link has 2,287 registered service providers, representing 80% of government procurement in the country.

The website was created with technologies developed in South Korea.