Dh5bn of ten­ders pro­cessed in first quar­ter

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Abu Dhabi’s Depart­ment of Fi­nance said yes­ter­day that in the first quar­ter it pro­cessed 26 ten­ders for seven gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties in the emi­rate worth Dh5 bil­lion un­der the sys­tem man­aged by Al Maqta’a bid­ding hall that en­sures greater trans­parency. The ten­ders that were man­aged by Al Maqta’a in­cluded ser­vice and in­fra­struc­ture projects in Al Wathba North and var­i­ous re­gions of the emi­rate and road­works in the Al Dhafra re­gion. It also in­cluded the con­struc­tion of build­ings for Abu Dhabi Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany, Abu Dhabi Cen­tral Morgue, Gen­eral Di­rec­torate of Pe­nal and Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tions, Al Ghuwaifat Border and Strate­gic Feed Stores. That is in ad­di­tion to es­tab­lish­ing elec­tric­ity, water and san­i­ta­tion in­fra­struc­ture.

“The Depart­ment of Fi­nance Abu Dhabi con­tin­ues its ef­forts to im­ple­ment the best stan­dards of trans­parency and jus­tice in pro­cure­ment and gov­ern­ment projects to en­sure com­pe­ti­tion is fair and equal,” said Ja­mal Al Khoori, the di­rec­tor of gov­ern­ment ten­ders and auc­tion sup­port man­age­ment, fi­nan­cial poli­cies and sys­tem sec­tor. “Al Maqta’a bid­ding hall adopts the best le­gal and reg­u­la­tory pro­ce­dures and gov­er­nance prac­tices, as well as the lat­est tech­nolo­gies in man­ag­ing the gov­ern­ment ten­der process. These stan­dards have helped in achiev­ing greater trans­parency, en­hanc­ing Abu Dhabi’s eco­nomic com­pet­i­tive­ness through at­tract­ing for­eign in­vest­ments.”

The Al Maqta’a bid­ding hall was es­tab­lished in June 2015 for cap­i­tal and op­er­a­tional project ten­ders worth more than Dh100 mil­lion. A su­per­vi­sory committee man­ages gath­er­ing and ar­chiv­ing of doc­u­ments and in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the ten­ders as well as pre­par­ing re­ports and re­view­ing com­plaints from con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers, the Depart­ment of Fi­nance said.

The Al Maqta’a bid­ding hall man­ages the ten­der­ing in five phases, start­ing with the ten­der prepa­ra­tion and end­ing with the open­ing of fi­nan­cial ten­ders. To en­sure trans­parency, the prices of com­pet­i­tive ten­ders are an­nounced, the depart­ment said.

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