An electronic tendering system which would let companies bid for government projects through the Internet is expected to be in operation by the end of next year. The Government Supplies Department plans to open a tender this month or next for development and installation of such a system. The Government intends the system to digitise the processes of registering as a potential supplier, updating information, and tendering. Interested parties will be allowed to register on the Internet at any time and send their details electronically for validation. Suppliers also will be able to update company details via the Internet. Using a search engine, the Government will be able to seek out potential suppliers and invite registration. Suppliers will download tender documents, submit tender offers, and receive results through the Internet. Submitted tender offers will be sent to a secure box accessible only by the tender opening committee after tenders close. The Government intends the system to help it issue payments and manage term contracts, for example, in conducting supplier evaluation reports. Tender specifications are still being drafted.