Dubai helped SMEs net $10m contracts
Dubai, June 25, 2011
The government departments in Dubai have demonstrated their support to the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) sector by providing Dh40 million ($10.8 million) procurement contracts in the first half, said a senior government official.
Ibtihal Naji, director of the Government Procurement Programme at Dubai SME, announced this at the annual forum for programme members organised by Dubai SME, the agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED).
According to Naji, seven government departments provided contracts more than the prescribed five per cent, with some of them reaching 29 per cent of the total contracts.
This is a clear testament to the commitment of the public sector offices to support and drive the growth of SMEs, she remarked.
'In turn, the SMEs have proved their reliability and dedication to providing the highest services in line with the standards set by the Government of Dubai,” Naji stated.
The objective was to strengthen dialogue and consultation on the latest developments related to dealing with government departments that support Dubai SME members by allocating the recommended five per cent of government purchases for small and medium enterprises in Dubai, said the official.
Among the leading government departments that supported SMEs through contracts included: Dubai Government Workshop, Dubai Police, Financial Audit Department, Dubai Courts, Public Prosecutor, General Administration of Civil Defense and Statistics Center of Dubai.
The annual forum of the members of the Government Procurement Program witnessed tremendous interaction from the members who discussed the latest developments in the domestic market.
They shared ideas on boosting mutual support and the challenges they faced. The members put forth many proposals and discussed the possibility of their implementation, in accordance with local laws.
Various government departments were honored for their support to Dubai SME members at the event.-TradeArabia News Service