Electronic Tendering System

Part of FINANCE AND personnel – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:45 pm on 23rd March 2009.

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Photo of Martina Anderson Martina Anderson Sinn Féin 3:45 pm, 23rd March 2009

Last week, I facilitated a meeting with the Central Procurement Directorate and SMEs in Derry. They outlined a string of difficulties that they experienced when they tried to secure contracts. Given what the Minister told us about the website and the portal, does he agree that it is important to monitor whether SMEs find it easier to succeed in the procurement process and to secure contracts? Will the process that the Minister outlined be monitored so that SMEs can be assured that they will be able to secure contracts?