Mrs Tan Ching Yee, Chief Executive Officer Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore Opening Speech - Industry Briefing on Business Opportunities for IT in the Public Sector, Orchard Hotel

Mrs Tan Ching Yee, Chief Executive Officer
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
Opening Speech - Industry Briefing on Business Opportunities for IT in the Public Sector, Orchard Hotel
Singapore, 4 February 2004

Good Morning, Ladies and Gentlemen.

1. Thank you for being here today.

2. The IDA is happy to play facilitator in bringing together its industry partners and the major public sector agencies with significant IT projects in the coming year. While we are not able to be comprehensive and bring every public sector organisation with IT investment plans together today, I am happy to have with us colleagues from the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Education. These organizations together account for a significant amount of IT procurement.

3. IDA is aware that our industry partners are keen to participate in a range of programmes and projects that introduce innovations to the local Infocomm scene. We are grateful for your support over the years in our various capability development and innovation development projects.

4. IDA is also aware that our industry partners are most interested to see how the plans of various public sector agencies can lead to business opportunities.

5. By bringing together public sector CIOs and business partners, we hope to provide more timely information to help both sides to plan and to exchange ideas. It is through information-sharing and networking that we can grow new ideas and help each other achieve our goals. Colleagues sharing plans - may be changes. But value in sharing anyway.

6. The public sector continues to be an important trend-setter in IT procurement. A combination of long-term planning and judicious investment in IT has enabled the public sector to improve efficiency and effectiveness, upgraded service quality, and delivered new services previously unavailable. Despite the slower economic growth over the last 2 years, the value of IT contracts awarded this Financial Year 2004 will still amount to S$700 million. 

7. For today, my colleagues from the various agencies will be sharing their plans on projects with a total procurement value of more than S$600 million or more than 80%, of the total projected IT procurement value for 2004.  These will cover projects by the three biggest IT buyers, viz., MINDEF, MHA and MOE, and also upcoming IDA bulk-tenders and central projects.

8. The proportion of IT procurement value for 2004 spent on hardware, software products, and on services remains the same as in the previous 2 years. Approximately 70% of the annual budget will be spent on items like new PCs, networks and software licenses, and about 30% on services which include consultancy, software development and systems integration.

9. Government procurement works on the basis of competition and a set of well-understood and transparent rules.  This ensures that the buyer gets value for money and potential suppliers are evaluated on a fair and transparent basis. Procurement decisions will continue to be made on the basis of value for money and fitness for purpose. Government agencies like IDA will continue to evaluate new technologies, hardware and software for their suitability for deployment, so that the Government remains current and up-to-date in its investment decisions.

10. Companies who win contracts through an open and competitive process are better able to build capabilities which they can then leverage for further growth beyond Singapore. Where our companies have delivered good solutions for Singapore and are ready to take these solutions to overseas market, IDA's industry development team is happy to work with you to explore new markets. Some of our partners present here today have indeed successfully done so. 

11. In summary, the major public agencies continue to invest in IT, and IDA will help companies to leverage on your success here to open new markets.

12. Thank you.