Supported by the Tender Board and patronised by the Minister of Housing and Chairman of the Tender Board, Bassim bin Yacub Al-Hamar, the conference is among the most influential gatherings in the procurement sector in the region, and is expected to discuss the latest technologies of digitisation and outsourcing, and a number of procurement issues.

The conference will attract a host of experts and professional from across the region to discuss the latest developments in the procurement sector through a series of speeches, plenary sessions and round tables.

Commenting on the conference, Secretary-General of the Tender Board, Dr. Mohammed Bahzad, said that the provision of the necessary tools and techniques would enable the purchasing units to enhance their efficiency and transform them from cost centres into growth partners.

He called on companies to take advantage of the digitally advanced procurement operations and to use them to run their operations smoothly and easily, and to utilise this data through artificial intelligence to create real information value for organisations, partners and customers.

He added that out of its role in achieving the Economic Vision for Bahrain 2030 aiming to create a more competitive and sustainable economy, the Tender Board is confident that the digital transformation in the procurement process will stimulate business to be a tributary for the economy in all its sectors.

He stressed that the Tender Board, being a partner in achieving the Economic Vision for Bahrain 2030, is keen on optimising the use of wealth of information related to tenders and auctions in the Kingdom to support the decision-making process, protect public funds, and maintains the rights of suppliers, on the one hand, and reflect positively on the economy, on the other.

The three-day conference will feature an exhibition in which the latest technological solutions to automate the operational procurement chain will be showcased.

The third edition will also feature the honouring of those involved in the procurement industry in the region in recognition of their landmark achievements.