MSME boost: Govt’s GeM portal signs MoU with Federal Bank; to facilitate funds transfer, payments, more

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Published: October 23, 2019 8:25:21 PM

Credit and Finance for MSMEs: GeM platform was launched in August 2016 to help government departments with seamless procurement of goods and services in a transparent manner.

Out of total 291,895 sellers and service providers on the GeM portal, 56,619 are micro and small (MSE) sellers.

Credit and Finance for MSMEs: Digital platform for government departments and public sector units — Government e-Marketplace (GeM) to procure goods from MSME sellers has signed a memorandum of understanding with private sector lender Federal Bank for the latter to offer services including transfer of funds through GeM Pool Accounts. Federal Bank would also offer advice of Performance Bank Guarantees (e-PBG) and Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) to the registered users on the portal, said the commerce ministry in a statement on Wednesday. Also, the partnership would facilitate cashless and paperless payments on the portal.

GeM platform was launched in August 2016 to help government departments with seamless procurement of goods and services in a transparent manner. It is also working with other banks, Trade Receivable Discounting System, and SIDBI to offer “bill discounting and financing of working capital where the cost of capital is linked to the performance and rating of a seller on GeM,” the ministry said.

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This will particularly support MSMEs to get easy credit and improve business with the government. Moreover, GeM portal is also looking at setting up Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) pool account to help sellers comply with the EMD requirements while responding to bids.

Out of total 291,895 sellers and service providers on the GeM portal, 56,619 are micro and small (MSE) sellers while the number of products and services listed on the portal is nearly 14 lakh and a little over 18k respectively, according to the data available on the website. In terms of buyers, the portal has 39.6k buyer organisations. The number of orders made stands at 25.72 lakh and a transaction value of Rs 36k crore. Importantly, 49.7 per cent of the order value comes from MSE sellers. 

MSME Ministry had also announced a portal for MSMEs called Bharat Craft in August this year on the lines of Alibaba to benefit India’s MSME sector.

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