Business owners on Grand Bahama have been encouraged to register on the government’s GoBonfire eProcurement and Supplies Registry Platform — a procurement venue that ‘levels the playing field’ in providing equal opportunity.
The official launch of the GoBonfire eProcurement platform was held, November 3, 2022 at Grand Lucayan resort: Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey was the keynote speaker. The platform had been launched in Nassau by the Prime Minister on October 3.
Approximately 200 guests were on hand to participate in the opening ceremony where they were able to watch the live demonstration and participate in the question-and-answer segment.
The new portal, explained Minister Moxey, is in keeping with the government’s vision “which is linked to our commitment to enhance the ease of doing business in The Bahamas for local and foreign investors.”
She said by design, the platform gives businesses throughout The Bahamas the opportunity to bid on government contracts. “So, what does this mean for businesses operating on Grand Bahama? Simply put, this means that GoBonfire has leveled the playing field for you.”
Businesses registered on the portal will now bid on contracts being awarded for goods and services anywhere in the country. Businesses registered on the portal can view the full list of tender opportunities that are available and electronically submit bids for procurement.
“This new and improved eProcurement Portal has made the procurement process fairer, more accessible, more transparent and more competitive.”
Emphasizing that the opportunities are no longer limited to businesses in New Providence but will now include small and medium-sized businesses, businesses owned by women or young people, and the ability to submit proposals from anywhere.
Among the features of the portal, registered users will be issued email notifications about opportunities that fit their businesses, as well as once awarded they will see who was awarded the contract.
Also addressing the official launch were Ralph Hepburn of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce and Mrs. Janice Miller, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance.
“Again, I encourage Grand Bahama business owners to register on the portal to access the opportunities that are now available and will become available in the near future,” said Minister Moxey.
By ROBYN ADDERLEY
Bahamas Information Services
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