Excel KC Myanmar disqualified from implementing Yangon Payment System for Yangon public transport system

Excel KC Myanmar will no longer be eligible to build and implement a card payments system covering public transportation, the Yangon Regional Government said on April 21.

After discussing terms of the contract, the government said Excel KC Myanmar did not have the necessary qualifications to implement the Yangon Payment Services (YPS) system and that the company’s status as tender winner for the project has been revoked.

Excel KC Myanmar had won the tender for YPS on January 10.

In December, the Yangon Regional Government shortlisted three companies, including Excel KC Myanmar, as potential candidates to implement YPS. A total of 14 companies had tendered for the project.

As Excel KC Myanmar has since been found unsuitable for the job, the government will now review the capabilities of the other two companies – AnyPay Payment Services Co and Asia Stamar Transport Intelligent Co – and choose the most qualified candidate to implement YPS.

One reason Excel KC Myanmar no longer qualifies is that Acer Company, which would have helped to raise foreign investment capital and contribute technological knowhow in the execution of YPS, had pulled out from the Excel KC Myanmar consortium, the regional government said.

Among Excel KC Myanmar’s stren-gths are its partners, including Acer, as they were able to bring in foreign capital as well as new technologies needed to build a competent YPS system. On April 9 though, Acer said it was pulling out of the consortium, essentially the disqualifying the whole consortium from carrying out the contract.

The move will further delay implementation of the YPS, which is the brainchild of Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein. After upgrading the public bus network to the new Yangon Bus Service last January, bus conductors were replaced by cash boxes.

But as the number of errant commuters who deposited paper and other objects into the cash boxes rose, U Phyo Min Thein last year called for tenders to implement the YPS, under which commuters will use prepaid cards to pay for all public transport, including buses, trains and water taxies.

Over the longer term, the YPS prepaid cards will also be accepted in supermarkets and restaurants, helping to make Yangon residents less dependent on cash.

Up until now though, the Yangon region government has yet to make any progress in developing YPS, and the recent setback is likely to delay the Chief Minister’s plans a little further.

Source: Myanmar Times

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