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Security Experts ‘Not Typically Included’ in Embassy Procurement of Chinese State-Owned Equipment: Report

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Security Experts ‘Not Typically Included’ in Embassy Procurement of Chinese State-Owned Equipment: Report

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Global Affairs Canada (GAC) drew public concern last year when it planned to purchase security equipment from a Chinese state-owned company. A latest review found that the department does not usually consult security experts prior to procurement. In July 2020, the federal government awarded Nuctech, a Chinese state-owned firm, a $6.8 million contract to install X-ray machines for 170 Canadian embassies, consulates, and high commissions. The contract, however, sparked public concerns about Nuctech posing a security threat to Canada. As criticism mounted, the GAC spent $250,000 to hire a consultation firm Deloitte to review the department’s procurement process. “The department has a procurement planning process for significant procurements and that the plan is presented to the Departmental Contract Review Board. The security subject matter experts (SME), however, are not typically included in the procurement planning process,” Deloitte concluded in its report (pdf). Deloitte suggested that GAC develop a guideline for …

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