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Singapore - Mindef presents planned IT purchases (8 May2003)

The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) together with the Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA) unveiled their intended IT purchases to IT professionals yesterday. The IT purchases included products for fleet management, processing of pre-enlistees and national servicemen plus software that will enhance Mindef's website -

The briefing attracted 350 IT professionals from about 150 firms as the estimated budget of the purchases cost close to $250 million. The business plan briefing was held in an attempt by the ministry to be more transparent and to allow all IT firms to have a fair advantage.

Mindef Chief Information Officer and DSTA Chief Executive, Mr. Richard Lim stated that this annual briefing would allow vendors to present their solutions directly to the project management team. DSTA aims to host the event annually.

As two to three percent is set aside for IT needs, Mindef could spend up to $247.5 million for its IT sector this year. Mindef is a large consumer of IT, possessing 25,000 personal computers and uses IT to communicate with 350,000 national servicemen and 40,000 employees.