The e-Procurement project [http://www.eprocurement.gov.in] of the Government of AP has bagged the prestigious UN Public Service Award for 2007.
The Award was given under the head: Improving transparency, accountability and responsiveness in the Public Service. This project is the only one spotted from India for the distinction. There are, in all, 14 awards in various categories from across the world. ASCI had taken the initiative to nominate the e-Procurement Project to the UN panel for this award. The selection of projects for the honors was a multi-stage process and finally an expert committee of the UN selected the winners.
The United Nations Public Service Awards is a prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service. It rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions to an effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide. Through an annual competition, the UN Public Service Awards promote the role, professionalism and visibility of public service.
The winning team will receive a certificate and trophy on the UN Public Service Day. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 26th of June, 2007 at Vienna, Austria.
The e-Procurement project built and managed by the Information technology and Communications department of Government of AP is an Internet-based platform for government procurement. This was a pioneering project when it came about in 2003. This project has led to enormous savings in government procurement, brought down the cycle time of the tendering process, improved transparency and brought about a level-playing field between small and large government suppliers. This project has received several awards in the past, but winning the UN Award is certainly a crowning glory, bringing honour to AP and India. ASCI congratulates the e-Procurement project team from the Government of AP for this outstanding achievement.