The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has launched a new e-payment service to enable customers to apply for and download the authority’s documents and circulars online through Ashghal’s website www.ashghal.gov.qa.
The new service will speed up and facilitate the tendering processes and mechanisms for all companies interested in participating in the authority’s tenders.
Ashghal started receiving request to buy tendering documents electronically from the first quarter of this year after cancelling the previously used manual system.
The new e-payment system’s task is not only limited to enabling companies to buy and download tender documents but is also considered as one of many important services that Ashghal’s integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system offers. The system will work on replacing the manual paper system for financial and administrative processes with the electronic systems aiming to increase the efficiency of processes and internal procedures in the authority.
One of the most important processes that will be automated in future through the implementation of ERP system is the mechanism of issuing and awarding tenders, and activating the registration of contracting companies on the ERP system platform.
This electronic platform is designed especially to include all contractors’ information, in addition to offering them exclusive services such as sending tenders alerts and allowing participating companies to review all updated information about open tenders.
Ashghal’s Information Technology Department in co-operation with the contracts department is working on developing the service of automating the tendering mechanisms in the future to include all stages of tendering starting from issuing tenders to receiving submissions and reviewing documents by tendering committees.
The automation will also include awarding and delivering contracts to companies electronically. This will in turn save a lot of the time needed to send and track important documents.
Most second phase services are expected to be activated during 2016 while the development and addition of more services to the system will continue, based on work requirements and the need for these services that will keep on elaborating with the progress of the implementation and activation.