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This article is a case study describing the E-procurement benefits realized by the State of Andhra Pradesh in India.

As part of statewide E-government applications, the state government of Andhra Pradesh implemented an E-procurement initiative with the following objectives:

  1. Reduce the time and cost of doing business for both vendors and government
  2. Realize better value for money spent through increased competition and the prevention of cartel formation
  3. Standardize the procurement processes across government departments/agencies
  4. Increase buying power through demand aggregation
  5. Provide a single-stop shop for all procurements
  6. Allow equal opportunity to all vendors
  7. Bring transparency and ultimately reduce corruption

As the case study points out, prior to the E-procurement initiative, the procurement function was operating in a manually intensive, inefficient environment:

“Prior to the introduction of an e-Procurement platform, procurement in Government departments was carried out through a manual tendering process. The complete process required a long chain of internal authorizations and scrutiny (at times involving several departments), several visits by suppliers to departments, and the generation of reams of paper-based statements and evaluations.”

The case study provides a discussion of the following issues as part of the broader context and the E-procurement implementation:

  • Numerous deficiencies in the manual procurement practices prior to the E-procurement implementation
  • Challenges that needed to be managed as part of the E-procurement implementation
  • A description of the benefits realized and costs incurred as a result of the initiative
  • Key lessons learned and success drivers of the E-procurement initiative

Full Report: E-Procurement in Government of Andhra Pradesh, India

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