TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: The Information and Communication Minister, Sofyan Djalil, said that the delay of the government’s computer census will not disturb the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PT Microsoft Indonesia. This is because, the point of the MoU is commitment to legalize software at the government’s computers.
However, said Sofyan, due to the delay of the census, which should be completed on March 31, the price the government must pay to buy Microsoft’s software is still the official one. The reason is, the MoU says the government can buy Microsoft’s software at one third of the official price after the census.
Sofyan explained that the census has not been achieved because of technical problems in the Central Statistic Bureau (BPS) for carrying out the census. “The technical problems will only be decided by BPS next week,” said Sofyan in Jakarta yesterday (15/3).
The government, he said, has allocated Rp1.5 billion to carry out the census. The funds were taken from the 2007 State Budget. The census will reach district offices.
After the number has been concluded, said Sofyan, the software legalization will be done. “The legalization will certainly be on tender and open for any software,” he said. This means Microsoft Indonesia must join the tender if it wants to obtain the government’s computer software legalization project. “But the government must also pay Microsoft’s software at the official price,” said Sofyan.
According to a staff member for the Information and Communication Minister, Alexander Rusli, on March 31, the Indonesian and Microsoft Indonesia’s MoU will expire so the next process is in line with the government’s procurement mechanism.