His Excellency Engineer Jamal Abdulaziz Al Alawi, Secretary General of Bahrain Tender Board (BTB), has recently announced the latest statistics of the Tender Board for the first half of 2023. The Board’s operations recorded positive results in increasing the method of public tenders, and a decrease in selected tenders and direct purchases offered through the e-tendering system. These results reflect the efforts exerted by BTB to implement the aspirations of the Respected Government to support the Kingdom’s economy through enhancing competitiveness between suppliers and contractors.

On this occasion, H.E. Eng. Al Alawi explained that the percentage of public tenders offered increased in the first half of this year to reach 88.4%, compared with 81.6 % during the same period last year. He further stressed the Board’s constant commitment to follow a firm approach in adopting the best international practices in the field of public tenders and enhancing competitiveness between suppliers and contractors.

“Selected tenders recorded a positive decrease, reaching 10.1% of the total number of tenders, compared to 14.1% during the same period last year. The percentage of tenders offered through direct purchase also decreased positively from 4.3% in the first half of 2022 to 1.5% during the first six months of this year, surpassing the best international practices regarding direct purchasing,” H.E. the Secretary General clarified.

Furthermore, HE Eng. Al Alawi reiterated the Board’s keenness to maintain a timely response rate to applications, in line with its commitment to provide sustainable added value to its partners, including stakeholders, suppliers and contractors, indicating that BTB maintained a prompt response period to the applications received, by responding to 93.3% of them within 14 days or less, despite the increase in the number of applications received by 25%. He also said this approach is consistent with the Board’s vision to ensure the provision of services and the implementation of government projects within the set period.

HE Eng. Al Alawi added: “The Board is committed to adopting the best institutional practices to enhance public tenders, purchasing and sales, elevating it to international levels and standards by building on the values of integrity, transparency, justice and equal opportunities between suppliers and contractors, through a partnership with stakeholders. This stems from our eagerness to effectively contribute to the comprehensive development boom the Kingdom is witnessing under the wise leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the support of the Respected Government, headed by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister.”