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15 June 2012 | Kamalpreet Badasha
The Dubai government has upgraded its online portal for public sector tenders, which it says will lead to “unparalleled transparency, efficiency and speed”.
The ‘eSupply’ portal will now enable more than 1,000 procurement professionals from 35 government departments to post tenders, evaluate bids online and award contracts using the system.
The portal will remove a lot of administration work by automating tasks previously done by phone, fax and mail. A spokesman from the country’s eGovernment department and software developer Tejari, said increasing the time spent on “higher-value activity” such as supplier evaluation would lead “to better overall decisions”.
Ahmad Bin Humaidan, director general of Dubai eGovernment, said: “Government can now implement unified and integrated procedures with the aim of a faster and more efficient approach for e-transactions between government entities and suppliers.”
The portal now has a text-to-voice reader for both English and Arabic so content on the website can be read aloud. There's also a live Twitter wall for promoting the portal and social media sharing options which connect to Facebook and Google, for example, to help share web pages. There are currently about 1,800 suppliers registered on the portal.
Tejari CEO Suhail Al Banna, said: “Through this portal, the Dubai Government fulfils its promise of allowing equal and transparent opportunities for all suppliers, cultivating an increasingly dynamic and competitive supply chain for the provision of goods and services to all government entities.”