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Hong Kong Empowering Digital Governance

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The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) announced an initiative to roll out in October 2023 aimed at enhancing the agility and effectiveness of government information technology (IT) procurement. This move welcomes interested IT suppliers to apply for inclusion in the supplier list throughout the year.

The approach encompasses three key technology domains: network products, server systems, and microcomputer equipment. Each of these domains features various sub-categories that collectively encompass a broad spectrum of IT offerings. The primary goal of this new strategy is to foster healthy competition and expedite the acquisition of cutting-edge IT solutions, thus catering to the burgeoning demand for digital government services.

Notably, the prerequisites for getting IT products included in the supplier list have been streamlined, and the experience criteria for supporting personnel have been adjusted. These measures are geared towards encouraging wider participation from the tech industry, especially local tech startups and small to medium enterprises (SMEs).

This effort aims to bring forth a plethora of novel and inventive IT products to serve the Government’s needs. An essential emphasis of this initiative is to simplify the IT procurement process for government departments and bureaus, ensuring the procurement of diverse IT products while upholding stringent quality standards for acquired goods and services.

The Government Chief Information Officer’s Office (OGCIO) has introduced the Government IT Products (GITP) scheme to enhance IT procurement efficiency. This scheme comprises lists of IT product providers in three main categories: Network Products and Infrastructure Equipment, Server Systems, and Microcomputer Equipment, each with specific sub-categories. It also includes a reference list of compliant IT products and technical requirements.

Government departments can use the GITP scheme via the e-procurement system to request quotes from approved GITP providers for IT products and services. Each department can issue invitations for specific sub-categories, and purchase orders can be made based on these quotes, up to HK$1.4 million per order. GITP providers are not obliged to submit offers but can do so through the e-procurement system.

Providers interested in the scheme must register as GITP providers and activate an e-procurement account. They can receive invitations from departments for relevant IT products.

Departments have the flexibility to set unique requirements for IT products and related services, even if they differ from established technical standards. GITP providers can offer products not on the reference list as long as they meet the specific requirements of the department.

In addition to the initial brief, the submitted response, in the form of Contract Schedules, and the Conditions of Contract together form the binding agreement between the Government, represented by the department, and the GITP provider. Monitoring mechanisms ensure providers adhere to GITP standards.

The GITP scheme streamlines IT procurement, allowing departments to source a variety of IT products while promoting competition and innovation from local tech startups and SMEs. It simplifies the process while maintaining product and service quality.

The Government IT Products (GITP) scheme marks a significant leap forward in enhancing the efficiency and flexibility of IT procurement for government departments. By offering a structured framework that streamlines the acquisition process, encourages innovation from local tech enterprises, and maintains rigorous quality standards, the GITP scheme is poised to revolutionise how the government sources and leverages cutting-edge IT solutions. This strategic initiative not only ensures swift access to a diverse range of IT products and services but also paves the way for a digitally empowered government that is equipped to meet the evolving demands of the modern era.


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