SyrianTenders: New Online Tenders Service for Syria.
Hichame Assi, an Arab Australian from Syrian origins, an e-marketing expert and an ArabCrunch Arabic contributor, has launched recently his first startup for the region: SyrianTenders.( ArabCrunch.NET Profile.) in partnership with Mohanad Ghashim and Mohammed NourAllah from Syria.
SyrianTenders offers classified information about tenders taking place across all Syria. The site lists tenders according to cities and categories, moreover it provides premium features such as SMS and email notifications of new tenders. though Hichame and his partners have plans for more features in the near feature.
The idea was born as Hichame describes it, “from the desire of one of the co-founders to make information about tenders and RFPs in Syria more accessible.” As until now the majority of businesses in Syria have been relying on daily newspapers or the main government tenders site.
The site business model is based on small monthly subscription fee to view the tenders -first month is free though- and another small monthly fee for access to tenders notifications via Email and SMS Alerts. Syrian Tenders also provides additional service for users to order Tender Condition Booklets (which provide detailed level specifications for suppliers to bid appropriately), which is can benefit companies that are not physically present in Syria.
Hichame told ArabCrunch that in early 2010 they will be publishing Private tenders from large and international organizations and companies in Syria. And extend the service and site into English to provide access to foreign suppliers looking to do business in Syria. He also plans for a more efficient Payment Mechanisms for the site subscribers. As at the moment, payments are limited to bank transfers (within Syria) but soon PayPal will be integrated for payments by non-syrian
Being an expert in e-marketing, Hichame does not stop there as he also plans for a corporate blog as part of SyrianTenders, where he plans to offer tips on how-tos for tenders and bidding.
At my end, what I would like to see is a way to apply for tenders online all together, where business men and companies can bid directly via Syrian Tenders with no need to do any paper work or attend tenders in any physical location.