How digital public procurement has transformed Bangladesh


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Digital Public Procurement Transforms Bangladesh

Each year, Bangladesh spends around $10 billion of its national budget on public procurement to build and maintain schools, roads, power plants and others. Public funds can be used effectively for the people only when the procurement system is transparent and efficient.  In the last few years, the country has shifted away from traditional procurement standards – paperwork and long processing time – and rolled e-GP, a new electronic government procurement system.

Launched in 2011, e-GP started implementation in 2012 across four key public sector agencies, which together spend about half of Bangladesh’s annual development program. As of August 2015, over 28,000 tenders valued at about $3 billion have been processed through electronic procurement.

E-GP means that all procurement is conducted from beginning to end through a single web portal. That is, from advertising through evaluation and contract award to completion and final payment, all are done online. Bidders submit tender applications and track progress online. Processing time has decreased substantially. With greater transparency and increased competition among bidders, the cost of doing business and the risk of collusive practices has gone down significantly. Moreover, the e-GP system is becoming self-sustainable with the revenues it generates; its exponential growth is embraced by all stakeholders from the business community to civil society.

Watch how e-GP helped pave new ways of doing business and create opportunities to improve living standards in Bangladesh. Here is the  Bangali version video.



Zafrul Islam

Lead Procurement Specialist

Md. Zikrul Islam, MCIPS
September 14, 2015

As a procurement professional, I was very much happy for introducing e-GP since 2012. This is a very much effective and efficient as well as transparent tool for procurement operation. e-GP has reduced procurement transactional time and cost. More over this a paper less operation, which also reduced deforestation accordingly help in Global climate change. e-GP also helps in eradication of corruption and ensure good governance. As a whole we the public are very much like this process. I also thanks those who are involve in this process.

Syed Khaled Ahsan
September 14, 2015

It is enlightening to know of the features of the e-Procurement in Bangladesh. I wish, soon it becomes the principal method of procurement across the public sector.
The visual documentation is also brilliant!

September 15, 2015

This is fantastic! Are there any plans to move other agencies/Ministries to e-Procurement as well? Will this work for large, complex packages as in heavy infrastructure? Is e-Procurement being used in other SAR countries?

September 22, 2015

Good idea

Rathindranath Pal
September 19, 2015

Hunger, poverty and inequality gap is the core problem that the human race has been facing since the beginning of history. The inequality gap was not so severe in the early period of time.
It is a great disappointment that still one billion people of the world live on less than $1.25 a day that means they have to face hunger in their life on regular basis. Though it is a big problem but the world will be able to eradicate it. The number of this group of people has been decreasing at slow rate.
Second, poverty. No, poverty is not eradicable –it can be reduced. Many people have misunderstanding about it. The definition of poverty must be redefined at different points of time because of ethics and with the growth of economics and technological advancement unless it will not make any sense.
Third, inequality. Like poverty, it will accompany us till the human race survives, but it can be reduced at tolerable level.
To check and reduce the poverty and inequality we have to find out right strategies. Among those, one is to find out a new way to do business. It is simple because wealth is generated through business.
However, I have developed a new concept of business that aims to reduce the poverty and to check the ever increasing extreme inequality gap in the ownership of the world wealth which is a very urgent task at the moment for the further growth of business and social progress.
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