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Tuesday, April 04, 2006 


dgMarket Online Information Service Extends Coverage to Include US Tenders
Now More than $500 Billion in Tenders Annually

Washington, DC, April 4, 2006 - The leading independent aggregator of government tender information online, dgMarket, has expanded coverage to include US Federal Government tender notices. The dgMarket service, which is a growing program of the Development Gateway Foundation, will now feature more than $500 billion in contracts worldwide on an annual basis.

dgMarket is a global database and e-mail alert service that helps business users find tender opportunities at home and abroad. With the inclusion of US tenders, dgMarket will feature virtually all national tenders from 34 countries, plus information on government contracts funded by the World Bank and other major development banks in 120 other countries.

The addition of US contracts increases the total annual value of tenders advertised via dgMarket by more than $200 billion. Information on nearly 60,000 procurement notices is available at any one time. Basic data and search capabilities for all tenders are currently available in 17 languages, for free. More detailed tender information is available to registered users for a modest subscription fee.

dgMarket was created by the Development Gateway to facilitate access to bidding opportunities by companies everywhere – especially in developing countries. In addition to the global online service, the Foundation provides a turn-key version of the dgMarket software to help developing countries create nationally branded procurement websites. Ten such sites are in operation, most recently in Rwanda and Uzbekistan. Data from the local versions of dgMarket is integrated with the global service.

“Adding US tenders to dgMarket is an important step in our plan to attract users and build this service into a one-stop-shop for government contracting worldwide,” said Mark Fleeton, Chief Executive Officer of the Development Gateway. “The stronger dgMarket becomes, the more we are able to help developing country firms access international business opportunities. Moreover, by joining dgMarket, any government can increase competition and reduce public procurement costs.”

About the Development Gateway Foundation

The Development Gateway Foundation puts the Internet to work for the benefit of people in developing countries. We provide innovative, web-based solutions for effective aid and e-government – increasing access to critical information, building local capacity and bringing partners together for positive change. The Development Gateway is a non-profit organization with activities in 60 countries. For more information go to www.dgmarket.com or www.developmentgateway.org.

Contact:
Allison Scuriatti
+1.202.572.9232
ascuriatti@dgfoundation.org

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