A fully independent body, it was set up to promote transparency, impartiality and general fairness in the tendering of public sector contracts. It is headed by Basim bin Yacob al-Hamer, the minister of housing.

Its stated aims are “to protect public funds and prevent the undue influence of personal interests on tender formalities; achieve maximum levels of economic efficiency in purchasing activities at competitive and fair prices; encourage integrity, competitiveness, fair treatment and equal opportunity to all contractors and suppliers; and finally, to achieve total transparency in all aspects of purchasing procedures by the government.”

In 2011, it began rolling out a digital e-tendering system. The first phase of the project allows suppliers and contractors to download tender documents from the board’s website after paying charges attached to the bid documents through the site’s electronic payment portal.

Private sector companies can train their staff on the system once they have signed a memorandum of understanding with Tamkeen, the government body established in 2006 to promote private enterprise within the kingdom.

The Tender Board lists upcoming, current and awarded tenders on its website.

Key details

Bahrain Tender Board

Date established: 2003

Chairman: Basim bin Yacob al-Hamer

Tel: (+973) 1 756 6666

Web: www.tenderboard.gov.bh