The United Nations has created a digital Global Market Place platform for entrepreneurships around the world to register and supply goods and services to their different organisations within UN.
The United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM) is the official procurement portal of the United Nations System. The UNGM portal brings together UN procurement staff and suppliers interested in doing business with the United Nations.
UNGM connects suppliers to the UN marketplace. The main functions of UNGM are to:
- Provide suppliers with a central and unique registration process for 30 UN organizations;
- Provide suppliers and the general public with access to UN procurement opportunities and contract awards and;
- Disseminate relevant UN procurement and UN market information.
UNGM also supports Governmental Trade Promotion Organizations in promoting UN procurement opportunities within their business community.
The United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM) is an inter-agency initiative which was initiated in the 1990s under the Inter-Agency Procurement Working Group (now the High Level Committee on Management’s Procurement Network).
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At the time, UNGM’s role was to:
- Provide suppliers with a single point of entry to the UN procurement market.
- Create a global supplier sourcing portal for the UN procurement system.
- Consolidate UN agencies’ supplier rosters into one common supplier database.
Since the 1990s, UNGM has considerably evolved and has been revamped to better respond to its stakeholders’ needs.
The United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM) currently fulfills the following United Nations General Assembly mandate:
- Enhance transparency and increase harmonization of UN procurement practices;
- Simplify and streamline the registration process for suppliers;
- Increase procurement opportunities for suppliers from developing countries and;
- Create one common UN global procurement portal.
The UN market consists of a multitude of specialized agencies, affiliated programs, funds and many subsidiary bodies.
These UN organizations fulfill different mandates and therefore have different requirements for goods and services. These requirements are dependent upon their areas of intervention and structure. The procurement processes utilized by the UN organizations are largely harmonized with only minor differences between the organizations.
Potential suppliers considering to venture into the UN market may perceive it as a challenging and intimidating market due to its complexity and structure.
The UNGM portal was developed to increase and facilitate the access of prospective suppliers to the UN market through:
- Awareness building and outreach activities (e.g. business seminars);
- Simplified registration processes and;
- Establishing partnerships with the private sector (e.g. through Chambers of Commerce) and Member States institutions (e.g. the relevant Ministry/ies).
The UNGM portal brings together:
- Suppliers, Consultants, NGOs, Associations or Universities interested in doing business with the United Nations;
- UN staff members using UNGM to perform their procurement functions and other functions such as Human Resources or Audit;
- Governmental Trade Organizations such as Trade Missions, Chambers of Commerce, Embassies and Industry Associations involved in trade promotion activities and;
- General public interested in learning more about the UN market and UN procurement opportunities.
The online platform called; United Nations Global Market and registration as a supplier is done online to all legal registered companies.
Such a platform helps the United Nations to have an effective procurement of all the required goods and services using the global supply chain system.
In 2002, the United Nations General assembly had a resolution that the UN procurement system must be inclusive of supplies from all developing nations therefore the United Nations is open to do business with all African Countries.
The tenders are open to all bidders, the best bidder receives the contract, and all awarding of contracts will be done in a transparent way to avoid corruption.
The United Nations Global Market Place calls for expression of interest to registered companies and is an opportunity for Youths to register their companies and businesses.
The United Nations Global Market Place has the following classification of Products and services:
- Raw Materials
- Industrial Equipment and Tools
- Components and Supplies
- Construction and Transport
- Defense and Security
- Domestic and Consumer