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Extending e-tendering services: C&T promotes Smart Tender with URA
Hong Kong, June 1, 2018 - Following the Government’s plans to launch Operation Building Bright 2.0 (OBB 2.0) and Fire Safety Improvement Works Subsidy Scheme (FSW Scheme) within 2018, C&T has been invited to a series of mass briefing sessions in May and June to promote the use of the Smart Tender e-platform by consultants and contractors of old building improvement works. Held by the Urban Renewal Authority (URA), the first briefing on May 30 was held at the Mong Kok Kai Fong Association Chan Hing Social Services Centre.
To technically and financially assist property owners to conduct prescribed inspection and repair works under the Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme (MBIS) and the Fire Safety (Buildings) Ordinance (Cap. 572), the Government is devoting funds of $3 billion and $2 billion respectively to implementing OBB 2.0 and FSW Scheme with URA’s support. (Reference: www.devb.gov.hk).
In light of the OBB 2.0 and FSW schemes and heightened popularity of C&T’s Smart Tender e-platform recording over 400 tender applications since its launch, URA has recently expanded its tendering services to project consultancy and fire service installation (FSI), a move to provide more all-round support for property owners of old buildings. The briefing on May 5 was attended by over 100 guests from registered FSI contractors, who were given detailed introduction of subsidy schemes by the URA representative and guided through step-by-step system demonstration of the contractor registration and workflow by C&T’s EPM software specialist.
The next briefing will take place in June, tailored for project consultancy firms that are interested in the new MBIS schemes. Since establishing the Smart Tender e-platform in May 2016, C&T has been working closely with the URA to deliver reliable system operation and enhancement resolutions and has actively participated in various public briefing sessions to promote the use of this e-platform by both property owners and service providers, which aims to enhance tendering efficiency and prevent tender rigging.