Key procurement projects probed

MANAMA: Strategic projects and government procurement requests valued at approximately BD1.7 million were discussed at the 41st Information and Communication Technology Governance Committee (ICTGC) meeting, chaired by Information and eGovernment Authority (iGA) chief executive Mohammed Al Qaed, who is also the committee head.

The video conference reviewed procurement requests, most notably the Tender Board’s national procurement system which will provide comprehensive digital solutions to streamline procurement and tendering procedures, enabling real-time data exchanges with suppliers and faster communication between government entities.

The project, which will put a mechanism in place to address enquiries of both government entities and suppliers, utilises advanced technologies including AI and Big Data analytics to increase procurement efficiency.

The committee also discussed the latest developments of the educational portal, Edunet.

Committee member and Education Ministry assistant under-secretary for planning and information Nawal AlKhater revealed the results of a study of various solutions prepared in co-operation with the iGA to meet the requirements of the next phase of the remote e-learning programme.

The project aims to enhance the current educational portal by strengthening its cybersecurity and further developing its interactive features and technical capabilities to achieve full integration between its users.

The committee expressed its appreciation for the ministry and the iGA’s efforts in making this project a success, especially in light of the current circumstances.

ICT consultant Dr Ali AlSoufi, who’s an adviser to the committee, presented a summary of a strategic planning programme implemented in government entities’ IT departments.

The committee praised the accomplishments of the last few years, which had a major impact in improving government performance and enhancing communication between IT and other teams.

This also allowed technical initiatives and projects related to essential business sectors to be carried out in accordance with the required quality levels and standards.




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