Oman ITA holds workshop to promote National eTendering System
Workshop held to help government entities to adopt new tendering solution
The Information Technology Authority (ITA) of Oman has organised a workshop to help government entities to adopt the National eTendering System.
The workshop, held as part of the Authority's ongoing eTransformation Plan, was intended to address concerns and challenges of government entities which are not yet using the eTendering System, to take forward the implementation of the eTendering system in their respective ministries.
At present, 10 government entities are successfully using the eTendering system for their internal tenders on day-to-day basis with more than 100 tenders floated within six months since the inception of the system. Currently, there are more than 300 successful online tender document sales happened so far in the eTendering system.
Eng. Yaqoob Dur Al Bulushi, Deputy CEO for Infrastructure and eServices, addressed the meeting and stressed the importance of change management and the fact that the mindset towards the digitalization and electronic systems is what matters and what is needed to kick off a comprehensive beneficial and electronic tendering system in the country. He also emphasized that this project will change the conventional way of working at the government organisations in order to make the eTendering process simpler, faster and more transparent for the concerned parties including government and participating companies.
The workshop also included success stories from the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs, Ministry of Housing, and Sultan Qaboos University. The representatives of each entity highlighted the reduction of manual work and time saving in processing tender documents, centralised company information, easy evaluation reports, reduction in file processing and ease of access to archived tender information. They also stressed the need for the eTendering system and the fact that it should evolve more in the coming years to provide more data analytics for better control and monitoring of tenders and spend management for the Government.