Army set to launch e-tendering portal

ABU DHABI —The UAE Armed Forces General Headquarters (GHQ) will soon launch its new electronic tendering portal, enhancing the efficiency, speed and transparency of its procurement process and bringing the system on par with international standards.

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Published: Thu 22 Feb 2007, 8:41 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:29 PM

This was announced yesterday at a joint Press conference attended by the Armed Forces and ITQAN, UAE's leading IT solutions provider, which implemented the project in association with its international partner BiP Solutions Ltd. of the United Kingdom.

The e-tendering portal is expected to provide high-quality information and services to the Armed Forces Purchasing Directorate.

It aims to modernise its purchasing and supply and reduce the paper trail. The Armed Forces' e-tendering and supplier services will be managed through the portal, which supports the applied electronic systems of various branches. The portal will also enable the Directorate to disseminate important information to its suppliers.

Brigadier General Obeid Al Ketbi said:"This initiative of the UAE Armed Forces is in line with the national trend of using electronic technology to enhance efficiency and performance."

The portal's capabilities will be enhanced in the future for use by other directorates of the Armed Forces, ITQAN said.

Feras Al Jabi, General Manager of ITQAN, said: " The GHQ Purchasing Directorate deals with hundreds of transactions every week and needs a system that will enhance and optimize its operations. "

Al Jabi said the regional market is hungry for rightly packaged e-tendering solutionsin both public and private sectors. "The ITQAN-BiP partnership will provide the much-needed solutions to the public and private organizations within the GCC which are eager to implement modern supplier sourcing and tender management programs, he added.

Scott Smith, Commercial Director of BiP, said: "The e-tendering portal will provide a common face to the Armed Forces supply base and will help make the process of RFQ (request for quotation) and tendering more effective and efficient for both the procurement teams and their suppliers.

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