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‘Unfair’ to expect suppliers to agree to unlimited changes: MOF

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Finance (MOF) has said it is “unfair” to expect suppliers to agree to unlimited changes in creative services, in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Feb 17).

‘Unfair’ to expect suppliers to agree to unlimited changes: MOF

Photo: Kelley Cheng/Facebook

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Finance (MOF) has said it is “unfair” to expect suppliers to agree to unlimited changes in creative services, in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Feb 17).

MOF was responding to uproar against a tender document posted on Government procurement portal GeBIZ asking for “unlimited changes” for “creative concept, creative design, typesetting, layout, high resolution scanning, image enhancement, artwork.”

Designer Kelley Cheng had on Feb 15 shared screenshots of the document on Facebook, asking those in the industry to share the post if they are against unlimited changes. As of Wednesday night, the post had garnered nearly 2,200 shares.

 

“MOF has looked into the matter, and has verified that there indeed was such a requirement contained in the posted documents, sourced to a local school,” it said in the post.

It added that the Education Ministry agreed that the number of iterations should be “reasonable and cannot be unlimited”. “This specification has been removed from the school’s Invitation-to-Quote,” MOF said.

The Finance Ministry also said it would issue a circular to remind all Government agencies of standing procurement principles, which includes ensuring that all procurement specifications are “reasonable and fair”.

It added that the DesignSingapore Council, which was established to develop the local design sector, is working with MOF to advise Government agencies on guidelines of best practices for Government procurement of design services. CHANNEL NEWSASIA

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