METI procurement procedures fully digitalised from January 1, 2017

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced that its procurement procedures will become fully digitalized from January 1st.  Thus far, it had already conducted part of its tenders online, but starting the new year all tenders will be conducted online.  Online tender procedures will take on the common public procurement platform GEPS.

The move will also end the cumbersome practice of requiring bidders to bring documents in person. Furthermore, large documents which cannot be uploaded can be sent by mail.

Electronic bidding

GEPSElectronic bidding systems are rapidly becoming the norm in Japan, with many government organisations setting up designated portals to conduct all tender procedures online. The national government has integrated the various steps of the procurement process into one portal called GEPS. (



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