firm-led consortium bags Oman e-tender contract
Dubai, Sep 16 (IANS) Oman has awarded a 2.1 million-Omani
riyal ($5.4-million) contract to a consortium comprising Indian
IT firm C1 India and Oman's Industrial Management Technology
and Contracting (Imtac) to launch an online tendering system
covering 55 government departments.
Tender Board, Oman's official regulator for tendering processes
across various government departments, has signed an agreement
with the two companies in its bid to fully automate the tendering
and company registration processes in that Gulf nation.
The deal was signed by Oman's Minister for Transport and Communications
and chairman of the Tender Board Khamis Bin Mubarak Al Alawi,
chief executive of C1 India Vivek Agarwal and Imtac vice-chairman
Fareed Al Hinai in Muscat, the media here reported.
Also present were India's Ambassador to Oman Anil Wadhwa,
secretary general of Oman Information Technology Authority
(ITA) Mohammed Bin Nasser Al Khusaibi, and other Tender Board
and ITA officials.
According to Al Alawi, the new system will improve transparency
of the tendering process as well as facilitate easy participation
of registered companies from around the world.
УThe project reflects periodic enhancements of the tendering
processes and utilises IT to ensure enhanced efficiency in
implementing government projects,Ф he said after signing the
Tender Board undersecretary Syed Mahmood Bin Hilal Bin Sood
said the new project, formulated in coordination with ITA,
would help develop a new electronic tendering system in the
УThe project mainly aims to automate all manual processes
required during the tendering stages and train Tender Board
staff and IT professionals to ensure effective use, management
and efficient monitoring of the e-tendering system,Ф he said.
Mohammed Al Dhuhli, ITA project manager said the e-tendering
process would enable all local and international vendors to
use the online system to register and renew registration with
УIn the first phase, which is planned to be completed in nine
months, it will automate all tendering processes of the Tender
Board and five government entities. The other 50 entities
will join the system in phase II,Ф he was quoted as saying.
УThe selected e-tendering system can be used by all government
entities whether they are following the Tender Board Laws
and Regulations or even if they are exempted since the selected
system can be customised to include any number of entities.Ф
Stating that this was the first project of its kind in the
Middle East, wherein e-procurement was being adopted at the
national level by all government departments, Agarwal said:
УThis project will become the reference point and a role model
for all such initiatives in the region. The Tender Board followed
a very rigorous evaluation process for selecting the product
from among all the best-known players in the world.Ф
C1 India is a leading provider of e-procurement and e-sourcing
solutions, which help organisations automate their entire
purchasing cycle form indent to payment.
Its flagship product, Tender Management Software, is an end-to-end
Internet-based electronic tendering solution that automates
the complete tender cycle.
Among its clients in India are the Andhra Pradesh government
and the Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D).
Imtac, Oman's leading IT group, is owned by Services and Trade,
the Oman-based subsidiary of Indian real estate developer
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