Eritrea chooses Tejari

The Eritrea Government has confirmed an online procurement partnership with the Dubai based firm and online marketplace Tejari.com, from which it has already made substantial gains.

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By  Paul Barthram Published  November 2, 2003

The Eritrea Government has confirmed an online procurement partnership with the Dubai based firm and online marketplace Tejari.com, from which it has already made substantial gains.

It was on a recent visit to the UAE, that Eritrean President Isayas Afewerki met with Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, the CEO of Tejari.com, to discuss ways of committing Eritrea to online procurement via Tejari.

As a result of the meeting the newly-created Eritrea procurement agency has sourced more than 2,000 personal computers, 2,000 plasma monitors, 40 high-end servers and 40 printers as part of an online auction through Tejari. The new technology equipment, purchased after a two-week auction in which 15 companies submitted bids, is set to be utilised at Eritrea's new science and technology institute.

"The creation of the Eritrea procurement agency and our new partnership with the Tejari marketplace demonstrates that Eritrea is committed to the development of a more efficient and cost-effective government, and one that enhances trading links with the burgeoning Middle East-based business community," stated Eritrean President Isayas Afewerki.

"The fact that our first purchase via Tejari was for technology to rejuvenate Eritrea's education sector is also indicative of the role that IT and the Internet will play in creating new opportunities and building a sustainable, IT-centric economy," added the President.

The objective of the Eritrea government in joining Tejari is to increase both the efficiency and scope of its public sector buying, while enabling greater transparency in the procurement process.

In its previous procurement processes, Eritrean officials often had to travel to markets around Africa and the Middle East to obtain more information directly from suppliers, followed by a paper-based tendering process that typically took several months. The country's first online procurement effort included sourcing technical specifications online, competitive real-time bidding, and a transparent vendor selection procedure.

"The savings and efficiency of the online procurement process through Tejari has been a monumental catalyst for Eritrea's government sector to streamline its buying practices. Our recent visit to the UAE and partnership with Tejari are set to yield considerable long-term benefits for Eritrea," added President Afewerki.

The new relationship with Tejari comes at a time when Eritrea is undertaking the privatisation of its telecommunications infrastructure, encouraging growth in Internet service provision, and fostering increased technology training.

"Tejari's partnership with Eritrea is a key component of our expansion strategy as well as a powerful indication of the growing adoption of e-government in countries around the world. Eritrea's willingness to test firsthand the potential of online procurement has yielded measurable results, and we look forward to fostering the opportunities that will be created for both Eritrea's government and Tejari's supplier base as a result of the new agreement," said Sheikha Lubna Al-Qasimi.

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