The bid put out by the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority has received interest from IT companies, four of which presented financial and technical proposal for evaluation.
The bid is for the installation a single window system for the tax authority comprising of a single access for request and communication of documents required for clearance, for both importers and exporters offering synchronized service by government institutions.
This single window system, if installed by ERCA, will replace the current manual system in the office which is slow.The budget for the installation however does not exceed 5 million dollars according to experts at the authority.
It is to be remembered that ERCA publicly proffered the tender to all IT companies able to accomplish the installation, and around 15 companies responded. Out of the 15 nine were shortlisted based on their reputations and only four presented their proposals.
ERCA is in the process of evaluating the proposals submitted and is expected to announce the winner this week. The tax authority is ERCA is considering two alternatives to run the management of the system, with first option establishing a share company with stakeholders or establishing an institution under the office that runs the system.