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Singapore to spend S$1.2 billion on ICT next year

T.C. Seow | May 31, 2012
Projected S$1.2 billion worth of public sector infocomm tenders to provide business opportunities for infocomm industry.

The Singapore Government plans to call S$1.2 billion (US$0.93 billion) worth of new infocomm tenders in the Financial Year (FY) 2012. This was revealed by James Kang, assistant chief executive, government chief information office of Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority (IDA). He was speaking at this year's IDA Industry Briefing to provide details on business opportunities for infocomm in the public sector.

In FY2011, the government awarded 638 infocomm contracts worth more than S$1.12 billion.

"Last year, in terms of multi-national corporation and local enterprise participation, roughly one third of the contracts went to MNCs and two-thirds to locals," said Kang. "In terms of value, the ratio is also one-third for MNCs to two-thirds for locals." For FY2012, local enterprise contract value is expected to increase from 60 percent to 68 percent -- an indication there is some shift towards greater local enterprise participation.

Kang added: "More than 80 percent of the total number of 254 projects identified are worth S$3 million and below. This provides ample opportunities for local enterprises to take part."

As traditionally maintained, the Singapore government's continual infocomm investment in the public sector is aimed to help enhance operational efficiency and productivity within the public sector and improve public service delivery to citizens and businesses.

For the infocomm industry, this presents business opportunities to provide innovative solutions and services to the public sector. The opportunities are in areas like learning management system, data analytics, e-services and portals, and business process management.

In encouraging co-creation with the infocomm industry, the government will be piloting a process to acquire innovative ICT solutions. Known as Call-for-Solution, the process calls for proposed ICT solutions with working prototypes for evaluation by IDA and participating agencies. Contracts will be awarded to selected proposals for pilots and implementation. This process will allow government agencies to collaborate more closely with the infocomm industry on ICT innovation.

To encourage and catalyse the development of applications using government data, there will be a "Harnessing Data for Value Creation" Call-for-Collaboration (CFC) inviting the industry to create value with government data. Businesses can use the data to develop impactful solutions to enhance productivity, aid in analysis and planning or create new business value.

The CFC is a multi-agency effort led by IDA and the Ministry of Finance (MOF) in collaboration with other government agencies such as the Department of Statistics (DOS), Energy Market Authority (EMA), Health Promotion Board (HPB), Land Transport Authority (LTA), National Environment Agency (NEA), National Library Board (NLB), National Parks Board (NPARKS) and Singapore Land Authority (SLA).

Kang also said that the government will be looking for innovative infocomm solutions for other projects. One such project is the Workplace of the Future that aims to transform the public sector workplace and capabilities, with a view to improve productivity and empower public officers to proactively share knowledge, work smarter and faster together, across agencies for better service delivery.


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