In a conference on “Supporting Private Sector in Public Procurement”, National Procurement Authority (NPA) introduced Afghanistan Government Electronic & Open Procurement System (AGEOPS) to the representatives of international institutions, construction companies, members of civil society and media.
Addressing media outlets in GMIC, Elham Omar Hotaki General Director of NPA said: “Using AGEOPS, companies are categorized into few sections considering their experiences.”
Using this system, private companies will apply for contracts that they are expert in it. AGEOPS Works are categorized into eleven sections and companies can apply for one or more based on their experiences.
Hotaki gave three months to representatives of companies to apply for AGEOPS membership so that they would be able to enter the system by receiving a certificate number.
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A four-day expo, jointly organized by the Afghan government and the private sector, opened in Kabul on Tuesday showcasing locally made products.
Goods manufactured by over 170 companies went on display including industrial products, agricultural produce, telecommunication goods and handicrafts.
CEO Abdullah Abdullah attended the opening of the expo and said the lack of land, shortage of electricity and the absence of regulated money lending services were the three main challenges in terms of investment in the country.
Abdullah said government has addressed these challenges to some extent and is committed to supporting the private sector.
“If we want to serve our people and lead our country out of the current situation and bring positive changes to people’s lives, then without supporting the private sector it is impossible,” said Abdullah.
A number of factory owners at the exhibition meanwhile said government has failed to provide the fundamental needs for investors and is unable to even safeguard the lives of business owners.
Organizers of the exhibition said such expos will play a vital role in highlighting and overcoming problems faced by the private sector. They asked government to address their problems and to find solutions.
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