Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development-in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Department of Finance has completed and applied the online registration systems for tenders and for suppliers and contractors, which enable suppliers and contractors both inside and outside the UAE to register and bid online for the Department ‘s tenders. The Department of Economic Development will start calling for all tenders electronically through its advanced electronic portal, which would enable it to conduct all phases of the procurement cycle electronically, from the application process phase to materials handling and reimbursement. This will cover bidding, evaluation of offers received, and the awarding and contracting procedures. H.E. Ghanem Al Fendi Al Mazrouei, the Executive Director of Support Services Sector, of the Department of Economic Development, said that the e-tendering and the suppliers and contractors online registration systems, would exempt suppliers and contractors from paying fees to participate in the bidding. The application of these systems constitute a major turning point in the pattern of services offered by ADDED, which would enable achieving a set of goals; most importantly, the e-transformation and e-government systems required , to achieve sustainable development in the procurement activities of the Government and support the business environment through the adoption of paperless systems” H.E. added.
The Department of Economic Development is seeking through the implementation and application of the electronic bidding system, to keep up with the electronic transformation, consistent with the Economic Vision 2030, as these two systems are accessible for use now” , the Undersecretary said H.E Ghanem Al Fendi Al Mazrouei, said that these systems are the result of collaborative efforts between the Departments of Economic Development and the Department of Finance in Abu Dhabi; where registering of suppliers and contractors online, and keeping them informed of any calls or invitation for tenders will enable them to participate according to their activities and type of service they provided, and will enable ADDED to receive bids, and remarks from suppliers through the system. Al Mazrouei said that, “These systems will give new suppliers the opportunity to register in the suppliers register of Department of Economic Development, which will enable them to participate in tenders offered by the Department; inquire about and follow-up their bills, review purchase orders issued to them, in addition to being informed of the results of their participation in any tenders called for.Al Mazrouei requested suppliers who were already dealt with, to send an email to the Department of Economic Development in order to complete the registration in the system by logging into the website of the Chamber.Mr. Abdel Aziz Al-Harithy, Director of IT said that the Electronic registration system for suppliers and contractors and the e-tendering systems were built according to the highest technical standards Oracle 12R.Al Harithy noted the level of cooperation between the Department of Economic Development and the Department of Finance for the completion of the project, resulted in the application of Oracle global integrated system which raised the level of services provided to users and gave the opportunity to develop more alternative electronic systems to replace traditional procedures, in order to carry out business in line with the strategy of Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Center. In turn, Mr. Ibrahim Yousef Buatabah Al Zaabi, Director of Financial Affairs, said that those systems will facilitate the procedures and open new communication channels with suppliers, rather than traditional means, stressing that the activation of modern electronic systems will contribute to expanding the suppliers base; and heighten competition among suppliers to participate in the tenders; which reflects a positive return for the service. With regard to the training of suppliers and contractors on the use of the electronic registration systems and the electronic tenders system, Al Zaabi explained that continuous training will be provided on the dates and times for employees to best suit the private sector. The two e-registration systems for tenders and the suppliers and contractors register, will contribute to increasing competition among suppliers, and give the other government entities the opportunity to achieve greater openness to international suppliers to bid for government tenders in Abu Dhabi, and thus will achieving the best result.