Fri, Dec 21, 2012 - Page 13 News List

ICP to file lawsuit over ‘unfair’ bidding

By Crystal Hsu  /  Staff reporter

ICP Electronics Inc (威達電), which lost a bid to issue sports lottery tickets, yesterday said it will file an administrative lawsuit against the Sports Affairs Council for failing to disclose the selection process in violation of the principles of fairness and openness.

“We have yet to receive a formal notice from the council on why it favored the rival bidder,” ICP said in a statement. “The public deserves to know who made the decision and why.”

The council on Wednesday chose Adata Technology Co (威剛科技), a local manufacturer of DRAM modules and flash-memory products, as the new exclusive contractor for the issuing of sports lottery tickets from 2014 through 2023.

Adata partnered with Chinatrust Commercial Bank (中國信託商銀), while ICP partnered with Taishin International Bank (台新銀行) for the auction.

ICP chief executive Teddy Kuo (郭博達) said his team promised the government a total income of NT$21.7 billion, including NT$21.55 billion in lottery profits and NT$190 million in tax revenues.

He demanded the council unveil details, including the rival team’s revenue target.

The Adata-Chinatrust team may be able to generate an extra NT$5 billion (US$171.82 million) for the government over the next 10 years due to lower operating costs because Chinatrust Bank won a contract in October to operate the Public Welfare Lottery, Kuo said.

“We will give our blessing if the government can really collect more income,” Kuo said.

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