Q: How easy is it for a business anywhere in the world to subscribe to the UNDB and gain access to the international contracts and tenders available?
Our international business platform is available to anyone with an internet connection who can access our website. Businesses can subscribe online and get access to the tenders and other necessary information to track relevant international trade opportunities and start bidding for projects in 180 countries every year.
Q: What can a subscriber see and what information will they get when they go to the site?
For any given project in our database, a subscriber will see its scope and requirements, procurement procedures and contact details. The level of detail varies depending on the phase and type of procurement, and the information and instructions tend to become more specific as project procurement progresses.
The important thing is that we provide updated information at every step, with related links, documents and contact details to pursue if a subscriber needs further information.
Q: Overall, how big is the global market of public procurement on offer?
The market we cover, which is focused on development projects in the developing world, is worth over USD $90 billion every year.
This mainly represents projects financed by multilateral development banks (MDBs), some national government agencies we work with, and aid organisations like the Millennium Challenge Corporation. All offer business opportunities in various industry sectors and regions.
Q: What sectors and industries are covered?
We cover all sectors that serve global development efforts, but some of the big ones are energy, water and sanitation, hard infrastructure including roadways and railways, education and training, healthcare, and medical sectors.
Q: Are there other opportunities available, like subcontracting?
Yes, subcontracting opportunities are available under bigger projects. Sometimes these are announced in procurement notices, but subscribers can also identify opportunities from contract award notices in which winning companies are listed for big contracts.