Muscat: The Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD) is running a pilot training session for its partnership for development programme (PFD) online system, in a bid to ensure all requirements are met through feedback gathered from the training session’s participants.
The PFD online system covers the whole PFD process—from initiation, when contracts are awarded by various government entities, and the signing of the PFD agreement, to compliance with PFD regulations process and project management and local market development, including monitoring and reporting.
Some 30 participants from selected government entities and contractors are participating in the pilot training sessions, whose objective is to test the system and ensure the success of the online project through customer feedback, which is then used to refine the system and improve its effectiveness and user experience before going live for the wider population.
The online PFD monitoring system is a single platform that aims to manage and administer the PFD programme and capture PFD contribution for all government entities. It is also expected to be a good platform to encourage international contractors and OEMs who are obligors to assess and consider the local industry as part of their internal supply chain and to work together to develop local capabilities and capacities.