Joint border system gets budget boost

Project gets go-ahead after expenditure reviews halt progress

The biggest public-sector ICT project thrown into abeyance by expenditure reviews, the Joint Border Management System, long planned by Customs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, received a specific capital injection in last week's budget.

This will allow the project to proceed.

The sum allocated is $75.9 million over the next four years, comprising $69.2 million from Vote Customs and $6.7 million from Vote Biosecurity.

This will cover stage 1 of the development, which includes import and export processing, known as the Trade Single Window, and “risk and intelligence activity”, says a Customs spokesman.

A Request for Information (RFI) document is due to go up on the government procurement website GETS today.

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