Fima first to sign preliminary contract with NATO

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After passing NATO tests, Fima UAB became the only in Lithuania to sign a contract with the Alliance and is awaiting further orders from the organization.

Fima UAB signed the preliminary Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) with the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NATO C3) in Brussels on Monday. This is the first contract of the type with a Lithuanian company.

So far, no Lithuanian companies have concluded basic ordering agreements with NATO. Contracting companies may participate in simplified public procurement tenders organized by the NATO C3 for defense institutions. Such tenders are carried in a far shorter period of time and are only announced among companies that have signed the BOA.

Without the BOA, Lithuanian companies have little chances of participating in most of the tenders organized by the NATO C3 agency.

Companies working in fields of information technologies, production of office equipment, service provision and other are eligible for the contract.Companies applying for the contract with the NATO C3 are required to present a declaration of eligibility from the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania.

“The verification of our reliability focused on the company’s experience, competences of specialists, financial capacities and obligations, work done. Such assessments are beneficial as they are, and signing the contract opens even more development opportunities,” Gintaras Juknevičius, Fima’s CEO, said.

In 2005, Fima was one of the first Lithuanian companies to be included in the list of potential participants of NATO tenders. The company has already carried out a NATO order – it reconstructed the lighting system of the auxiliary runway at the Zokniai airport.

“We believe that our performance at the Zokniai airport proved our ability to do NATO work in a professional and high-quality manner, and the contract we just signed will simplify many procedures and will give even more opportunities to carry out projects not only in Lithuania but also in other NATO countries. We are ready for this,” said Juknevičius.