RAK Finance Department opts RheinBrücke’s MeRLIN to digitalize procurement systems

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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The Department of Finance, Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) has shortlisted Europe-based RheinBrücke’s flagship product MeRLIN (Material eResource Linked Information Network) to digitalize its public procurement systems in order to improve quality, accountability, and transparency across all operations.

The partnership is in line with the UAE government’s ongoing efforts to improve efficiencies in both the public and private sectors through digitalization.

HE Mohammed Hassan Alnoman, Chairman of RheinBrücke Middle East, and Mr. Yousuf Ali Mohammed, Director General of Department of Finance, RAK have signed the project charter agreement.

The Department of Finance, RAK will use MeRLIN, a strategic sourcing solution that provides seamlessly integrated sourcing process automation, under the terms of the project charter. Furthermore, MeRLIN is mandated to support the department with supplier relationship management and planning, as well as provide advanced analytics support in its digital transformation journey.

HE Mohammed Hassan Alnoman
HE Mohammed Hassan Alnoman
RheinBrücke Middle East

“We are pleased to partner with Department of Finance, Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) in its digital transformation efforts that will significantly optimize process and system efficiencies to ultimately ensure it surpasses customer expectations. Our team expertise lies in finding innovative products to solve our partners’ most complex business challenges. Through implementing MeRLIN, the Department of Finance, Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) will see its teams become more flexible and agile and stay two steps ahead in today’s highly competitive business environment. The digital roadmap for end-to-end automation of sourcing and procurement will significantly enhance the department’s ability to reach out to smaller suppliers and prospective customers. The RheinBrücke team will work with Executives of the Department of Finance and will work very closely with Executives of Electronic Government Authority (EGA) taking their guidance to ensure the solution meets the stringent security and integration requirements of EGA.”

“As part of our efforts to enhance our digital infrastructure and capabilities across all operations, this project will enable us to introduce the most advanced practices that comply with the highest standards in the country’s government sector. We are committed to continuously enhancing the financial planning process, budgeting, and public procurement to achieve greater financial control, transparency, and efficiency. Our vision is to shape a competitive ecosystem that keeps pace with the changes taking place in our industry,” said Mr. Ali Mohammed.

The strategic collaboration between the RAK Department of Finance and RheinBrücke to digitally transform the procurement experience has started with a proof of concept (POC).

The current phase of the MeRLIN solution focuses on five processes relevant to the government procurement cycle including vendor management and registration, tendering, auction management, supplier invoice management, and spend management, as per the report.

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