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Consortium develops e-procurement solution for GoJ

E-procurement solution will help automate purchasing activities within Jordan’s Ministry of Public Works and Housing.

A consortium of regional and international companies has teamed up to deisgn an e-procurement solution for the Government of Jordan (GoJ). The project, scheduled for completion in January, 2003, will establish a live, working and stable demo system for conducting purchasing activities within the Ministry of Public Works and Housing. The consortium includes Aregon, Specialised Technical Services (STS), IBM, Cisco Systems, Microsoft and Cyberia.

“The pilot project is a confirmation of our commitment to be at the forefront of e-business innovations that have been proven to offer clear and far-reaching benefits to governments and companies alike,” said His Excellency Fawaz Zubi, minister of Information and Communications Technology. “We found this collaborative effort between local, regional and international business and technology leaders to be a unique and very effective approach—one that validates our ambition to establish Jordan as a showcase for serious, cost effective e-business enhancements.”

The main components of the pilot are supplier adoption and enablement, catalogue building, analysis and reconfiguration of existing purchasing processes, implementation of a revised procurement process and user training. Key improvements include drastic reductions in manual processes, administrative burdens, error rates, and fulfillment cycle times and higher contract compliance rates.

Hazem Malhas, chief executive officer of Aregon, the region’s e-business solutions leader and the consortium’s principal member, said: “Not surprisingly, the GoJ has shown great foresight in identifying the opportunities that e-procurement can deliver, and we are honored to help them in that endeavour. The consortium will ensure that the pilot project results in the most advanced and comprehensive e-procurement system for the Ministry of Public Works and Housing.”

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