The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) on Thursday expanded its partnership with Vietnam under the Agency’s Global Procurement Initiative (GPI).
USTDA and the Public Procurement Agency (PPA) signed a grant agreement to cooperate on a feasibility study that will develop a database to track the past performance of contractors operating in Vietnam, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi said in a press release the same day.
The database represents a component of Vietnam’s e-government procurement (e-GP) project, which aims to modernize the country’s procurement processes.
The PPA is an agency under the Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investment.
The USTDA-sponsored feasibility study will develop plans for a database to track and monitor the performance of contractors who provide goods and services to the Vietnamese government.
Once the new database is in place, public tenders in Vietnam can be awarded with greater transparency to contractors with high performance ratings, ensuring greater returns for the government.
“This feasibility study will support Vietnam’s 2016 – 2025 master plan and roadmap for the e-GP project that was approved by the Prime Minister,” said PPA director general Nguyen Dang Truong, who signed the agreement alongside USTDA Director for Global Programs Andrea Lupo.
“The database will help improve the transparency, ensure the accuracy of past performance reviews, and reduce workloads as data entries will be shared amongst government ministries.”
“USTDA has been pleased to sponsor training workshops and a study tour for PPA officials under our GPI partnership with Vietnam,” Lupo said.
“I am thrilled to be expanding that partnership through this feasibility study, which will ultimately improve the quality of public procurements.”
The opportunity to conduct this USTDA-sponsored feasibility study will be competed through Federal Business Opportunities (FBO).
A link to the FBO announcement will be posted to USTDA’s website at www.ustda.gov.
Interested U.S. firms should submit proposals according to instructions in the FBO announcement.