He added that the government will continue to invest in ICT to realise its smart nation vision, and seek collaboration with the industry to build capabilities and develop more citizen-centric services.
It is projected that S$2.2 billion worth of infocomm tenders will be launched this year, with key areas of procurement focused on digital and data services, web services, infocomm infrastructure, as well as the development of the smart nation platform. This is higher than the S$1.95 billion spent the year before.
"The government must anticipate the needs of citizens through data analytics, build up its own internal IT engineering and development capabilities whilst engaging the best partners in the industry," said Chan.
Some of the tenders to be announced this year include a new work pass system to be rolled out by the Ministry of Manpower. The Ministry of Education will also acquire technology services to build and extend its infrastructure in schools as well as in the procurement of systems for efficient school administration.
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