Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) is pleased to announce the successful financial bid opening for the appointment of a software developer for its Single Window Investors’ Portal (SWIP). The SWIP project is expected to help NIPC leverage the capabilities of information and communication technology to automate critical aspects of the Commission’s operations and ensure a more effective delivery of NIPC’s mandate.
The financial bid opening exercise was held virtually on Wednesday, 6 May 2020 to open the financial bids submitted by Messrs Challydoff Limited and Interra Networks Limited, the two vendors that made it to that stage of the selection process. As required by government policies and the Public Procurement Act (PPA), NIPC’s Evaluation Committee was joined by Engr Salisu Kaka, Deputy Director, e-Government and Regulation in National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and 2 independent observers: Sir Chris Uwaje, Chairman of the National Software Think Tank and Ms Obialunanma Nnaobi of The Meluibe Empowerment Foundation.
THE JOURNEY SO FAR
The call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) for the engagement of software developers was advertised in NIPC’s newsletter on 01 November 2019, and in two national dailies and the Procurement Tenders Journal on 04 November 2019.
The 13 EoIs received in response to the advert were publicly opened on 18 November 2019. Based on the statutory technical requirements of the PPA, only 4 EoIs were found to be responsive and qualified for the next stage of the selection process. All the 4 EoIs were from Nigerian companies. They were all issued a comprehensive Request for Proposal (RFP) and Terms of Reference on 17 February 2020.
All four prospective vendors submitted their proposals before the submission deadline and made technical presentations on 13 March 2020 to the Evaluation Committee and the staff of NITDA with the 2 independent observers in attendance.
Following the evaluation of the technical bids, only Challydoff and Interra Networks met the minimum technical score of 75% required for the opening of their financial bids.
The technical and financial bids have been jointly evaluated as provided in the RFP, and the preferred and reserve vendors determined. NIPC will obtain approval from NITDA for the implementation of the project before it formally contracts the winning vendor. A formal announcement in this regard will be made in due course.
20 May 2020