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Jordanian Government pilots e-procurement

The government of Jordan has begun implementing a pilot e-procurement project as it attempts to bring higher levels of automation and efficiency to the country’s public sector.

The government of Jordan has begun implementing a pilot e-procurement project at the Ministry of Public Works & Housing. Like the government’s wider e-government initiative, the project is designed to bring higher levels of automation and efficiency to the country’s public sector.

“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,” says His Excellency Fawaz Zubi, Minister of Information & 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,” he adds.

The project is being developed by a consortium of companies, which includes Aregon, Specialized Technical Services (STS), IBM, Cisco Systems, Microsoft and Cyberia. Initially, they will deliver an e-procurement solution that addresses supplier adoption and enablement, catalogue building, analysis and reconfiguration of existing purchasing processes, implementation of a revised procurement process and user training.

“Not surprisingly, the government of Jordan has shown great foresight in identifying the opportunities that e-procurement can deliver, and we are honoured 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,” comments Hazem Malhas, CEO of Aregon.

Due to go live at the end of January 2003, the pilot project should help the government of Jordan reduce manual processes, administrative burdens, error rates and fulfilment cycle times, as well as significantly raising contract compliance rates.

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