GeM Current Affairs - 2020

GEM Samvaad: GEM launches National Outreach Programme

Government e-commerce portal GeM has launched a national outreach programme called ‘GeM Samvaad’, to bring on-board more local sellers. The outreach programme will take place from 19 Dec 2019 to 17 Feb 2020 and will cover all States and Union Territories (UTs) of the country. It was launched by Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan in New Delhi.

GeM Samvaad outreach programme will involve local sellers and stakeholders across the country to facilitate on-boarding of local sellers on marketplace while catering to specific requirements as well as procurement needs of buyers. Through GeM Samvaad marketplace is also looking forward to receive feedback from users which would be used for making improvements and advancements in system.

About Government e Marketplace (GeM)

It is the national public procurement portal that offers end to end solutions for all procurement needs of Central and State Government Departments, autonomous institutions, Public Sector Units (PSUs) and local bodies. GeM was launched on 9 August 2016 and since its commencement, it has transformed public procurement in India by leveraging technology and making procurement contactless, paperless, and cashless.

It just three years, GeM has over 15 lakh products and nearly 20,000 services, over 3 lakh registered sellers and service providers, over 40,000 Government buyer organizations and has processed more than 28 lakh orders worth Rs.40,000 crores in Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) out of which 50% has been transacted by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

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National Public Procurement Conclave held in New Delhi

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal inaugurated the 3rd edition of National Public Procurement Conclave (NPPC) in New Delhi. The two-day conclave was organized by Government e-Marketplace (GeM) in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). NPCC will be held from 5-6 December 2019.

Key Highlights

NPCC brings together a host of Buyers, Sellers and stalwarts of industry with massive opportunities in Public Procurement sector. It offers opportunities to interact with more than 800 buyers/sellers across sectors along with over 400+ Public Procurement Managers from different public sector undertaking (PSU) and Governments Departments across different states.

During the conclave, a road map for future of GeM will be put in place that will unify all government procurement, across all Ministries and Departments.

During deliberations, an actionable agenda will emerge that will facilitate work contracts in form of tenders to be made available on GeM portal in future.

About Government e-marketplace (GeM)

It is a state-of-the-art public procurement platform envisaged by Centre Government, that has uses technology to remove entry barriers for bonafide sellers. Procurement of Goods and Services by Ministries or Departments of Centre Government has been made mandatory for Goods and Services available on GeM. It has created a vibrant and truly transparent e-marketplace with a wide range of goods and services.

GeM has now introduced GeM 3.0, which is a more robust, flexible e-marketplace with an intuitive User Interface (UI) to make procurement of Goods and Services simpler than ever. GeM rests on 3 pillars of fairness, openness and inclusiveness. It epitomizes speed, skill and scale which is essential in an e-marketplace platform.

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