Ethiopia: Trio Tie Up to Digitise Judiciary, Executive
20 April 2018
A joint venture (JV) of the three technology companies won the right to integrate the systems of the Office of the Attorney General, regional and federal courts, police and prison administration for 15 million dollars.
Alrowad IT Solutions, ISYX Technologies and Africom Technologies, are the companies awarded for the first phase of the project which is fully funded by the government. The companies signed the agreement with the Office last Thursday, April 12, 2018, at the premises of the Office located on Haile Gebresellasie Avenue.
The companies will use Virtual Private Networks (VPN), a technology that creates a safe and encrypted connection over a less secure network, to carry out the project. Expected to be operational within two years, the project will enable the institutions' transferring, storing and ability to access data electronically with its 21 systems.
The second and the third phases, which will be auctioned soon to hire companies, will add 20 more systems. The system will entirely replace the current traditional means of transferring documents and data through postal services.
"It will solve the long-lasted complaints about the accessibility and exchange of data between the judiciary and the executive," said Mehibuba Adem, deputy attorney general who signed the contract on behalf of the Office.
The Information Network Security Agency (INSA), a consultant for the project, prepared the terms of reference for the procurement that took almost three months. From the 30 companies who bought the bid document, only seven returned their technical and financial proposals, including ZTE Corporation, Techmahindra, Asseco Group, Tecno Brain Ethiopia and Huawei Technologies. And the JV of the three won the bid after making the least offer of 14.9 million dollars.