On December 17, 2019, Anup Wadhawan, Secretary of Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India (GoI) and Chairman of Government e-Marketplace (GeM) has launched the national outreach program ‘GeM Samvaad’ in New Delhi.The program will be held from 19, December 2019 -17, February 2020 with the participation of stakeholders across the country and with local vendors to facilitate on-boarding of local vendors on the market.
i.The market through GeM Samvaad aims to get feedback from users which will be used to improve the system.
GeM, a one stop portal launched on 9 August 2016 in order to facilitate online procurement of common use Goods & Services required by various Government Departments / Organizations.It has over 20,000 services, 1.5 million products and over 3 lakh registered vendors, variuos service providers & over 40,000 government buyer organizations.
GeM has transformed public procurement by technology and has made procurement contactless, paperless and cashless.
It has processed more than 28 lakh orders worth Rs 40,000 crore in gross merchandise value, of which 50% has been transacted by MSMEs (Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises).