Chile's public works minister Alberto Undurraga announced two major changes towards modernizing the tender and contracting processes at the public works ministry (MOP).
The announcement was made during a forum on public infrastructure organized by the Chilean construction chamber CChC. Up until now the process of registration and renewal of contracts was done entirely in paper form.
The initiative is part of an efficiency and transparency program which aims eliminate the use of physical paper from major procedures and processes undertaken by companies with the ministry.
Starting Monday, contractors and consultants will have the ability to renew contracts and later register new contracts with MOP through an online system. Additionally, beginning next year, the entire tender process will be available online through the Chilecompra platform.
"As of January next year, every public tender carried out by the ministry, both for construction works as well as engineering, design, and consulting, will take place through the Chilecompra online system, [and] with this, we will gain in productivity, efficiency, competence, and transparency," said Undurraga in a MOP release.
The online module will be implemented in stages. From now until September, the renewal of companies already registered with MOP will be available and later in August, registration of new companies will come online.
There are 588 consulting firms registered with MOP for basic consulting and design services, 411 contractors for small works and 372 for large construction works. In 2015, MOP signed 1,912 new contracts and registered 1,032 tenders.
The registry and renewal processes will work through a special module housed by the Chile proveedores platform, which is composed of thousands of registered service providers.
For the year 2015, MOP had an investment budget of 2.3bn pesos (US$3.50mn) which corresponds to 10% of fixed capital investments for construction woks in Chile.