The Ministry of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology (MTCIT) has recently awarded a series of contracts to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the transportation, communications, and information technology sectors. These contracts are valued at over RO41mn.
Turki bin Sulaiman al Hasani, the Director of the Tenders and Contracts Department at the Ministry of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology, revealed that the contracts awarded to SMEs in the transport sector alone are worth approximately RO40mn. These contracts account for 50% of all tenders granted between 2022 and 2023.
Furthermore, al Hasani stated that expenses associated with direct contracts made with small and medium enterprises in the communications and information technology sector have reached RO1,450,000. This amount represents 95% of all tenders awarded in that sector during the first half of 2023.
Al Hasani emphasized that the ministry, in collaboration with the Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development (ASMED), has made significant efforts to provide job opportunities for SMEs as suppliers or main contractors across various sectors. These sectors encompass port, road, and bridge contracting, information technology services, box culverts, street cat eyes, as well as supply and consulting within the information technology field. Other areas include traffic lights, street lighting poles, iron barriers, concrete barriers, guiding regulations, road pigments and paints, and other related products within the realm of building contracting, roads, bridges, and information technology services.