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Published 22/02/2016

I refer to the article headlined 'Advertising agency ends Tourism NI court battle' (News, February 17) and wish to provide some clarification.

It is disappointing that the Belfast Telegraph did not seek to provide any balance in the reporting of a court case taken against Tourism NI by AV Browne, where it was claimed that the Government procurement website had malfunctioned during a tender process.

This was simply not the case, as the eTendersNI portal has been fully functional since it was implemented on April 1, 2015.

To date, the portal has processed more than 1,000 procurement opportunities and 4,500 tender responses have been uploaded to the portal from suppliers.

It is also important to clarify that the system is equally accessible to users of both Apple Macs and PCs.

The inference that the case was "settled" is misleading, when, in fact, the case was withdrawn in the High Court.

I trust this clarifies matters and reassures companies submitting tenders for Government contracts that eTendersNI is fit for purpose and has been highly successful since its introduction.


Central Procurement Directorate,

Department of Finance and Personnel

Belfast Telegraph

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