Use of Electronic Tools to Increase Transparency and Reduce Environmental and Social Impacts of Procurement.

Governments can benefit from electronic tools to communicate and source supplies or services. Use of electronic communication tools (online-bidding systems) is referred to as e-procurement. Implementation of e-procurement enhances transparency along the entre procurement cycle. The entire process can be monitored online by interest groups. E-procurement eliminates barriers to competition and encourages participation of local dealers, leveling the playing field for big and small enterprises alike.

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