AMD Applauds Hong Kong SAR’s Initiative to Encourage
Fair and Open Competition in Government IT Procurement
--HKSAR Government adopts a brand-neutral approach in bulk PC procurement tender--
Hong Kong --
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today affirmed its support for the latest IT procurement guidelines given by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government. The new guidelines, which are based on brand-neutral and industry standard system application benchmarks and performance ratings, are intended to further encourage fair and open competition in IT procurement practice in Hong Kong.
The latest HKSAR Government bulk PC procurement tender was publicly released in September 2006 and incorporates system level application benchmarks such as SYSmark 2004 SE for desktop PCs and notebook PCs, as well as SPEC CPU2000 for servers.
“AMD welcomes and appreciates the HKSAR Government’s continued effort to ensure fair and open competition in government technology procurement,” said Vanoy Wong, Vice President of AMD Greater China. “A more competitive landscape fosters innovation while keeping prices down and providing governments with more choice of products to meet their needs.”
Today, governments around the globe have become increasingly aware of the importance of stimulating competition in IT procurement. In the past two years, governments in different countries including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Sweden, the UK, and the US have adopted new procurement rules to become brand-neutral. By taking this approach, they have removed stipulations on designated brands for processors, thus paving the way for government users to have more choices.
“By taking measures to promote brand-neutral specifications, governments worldwide can ensure the procurement of the best technology at the best price,” continued Vanoy Wong.
Leading IT and commercial PC manufacturers also welcome the non-specified brand approach in government procurement. This means not only more and better choices for government end-users, but also increased opportunities for all vendors.
AMD’s Position on Fair and Open Competition
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