Dubai – MENA Herald: Dubai SME, the agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai mandated to develop the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector, has signed an agreement with the e-procurement solutions provider Tejari to launch a smart services portal for pre-qualification and registration of members participating in the government procurement programme (GPP). The portal, which is the first of its kind in the region, is being introduced in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world.

The smart procurement option will facilitate pre-qualification and registration of suppliers, thereby enabling SMEs in Dubai and across the region to actively involve in procurement contracts awarded by government entities in Dubai as well as in the smart services strategy of the emirate. The agreement was signed by Abdul Baset Al Janahi, CEO of Dubai SME, and Marwan Al Naqi, Chairman of Tejari, in the presence of officials from both sides.