Under the global shortage of face masks, Carrie Lam administration promised to explore “all possible means” to secure supply; however, the action failed.
On Jan 31, the Logistics Department of the HK Government issued a public tender with over 100 pages that is, however, far from attractive: The supplier has to deliver 25 million masks within 5 days once the order was confirmed and the rest must be sent by the next 15 and 30 working days.
Supplier winning the tender must provide 2% of the contract total as a deposit, which would be the penalty for not delivering the masks on time.
[Editor’s Note: According to sources, the Logistic Department sent an invitation to mask suppliers around the world. To bid, suppliers are required to fill in a tremendous amount of information on an online system “E Tendor Box”. As a whole, the HK Government made it of no incentive for the supplier to provide masks to Hong Kong.]
Source: Now News