Mr. Prommin Lertsuridej, Deputy Prime Minister, chaired the official launch of Thai Airways Internationalå‘s online auction project (or E-Auction), at the Meeting room, Building 5, 26th floor, Head Office, on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road. Present to welcome the Deputy Prime Minister was Mr. Kanok Abhiradee, THAIå‘s President. To mark the official launch of E-Auction, Mr.Prommin Lertsuridej was also invited to give comments on the operationså’ E-Auction. Todayå‘s products open for bidding through E-Auction consist of 200 Personal Computers, worth more than 7 million baht.
Mr. Kanok Abhiradee, THAI’s President, said that THAI has continued to support the government’s policy and the 9th National Economic and Social Development Plan, placing special emphasis on the importance of using Information Technology to create operational transparency and effectiveness in compliance with the Cabinet’s resolution. All government functions and state enterprises were required to implement the online auction (or E-Auction) on at least one item in year 2002.
As the national carrier, THAI recognises the importance of bidding and procurement development. The Purchasing Department was assigned to use the E-Auction to acquire 75,000 reams of copier paper,6,000 boxes of laser paper form and 60 items of office equipment, totally worth 11 million baht through Pantavanij Company which is a joint co-operation of six leading companies including Bangkok Bank,Thai Farmers’ Bank, Siam Cement, Telecom Asia Company, United Communication Industry and Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc. The Asia Free Will Company has been appointed to set up the center market for procurement, bidding, and business services on internet. The online auction process is expected to help THAI save up to 1.7 million baht or 15 per cent of the annual cost.
E-Auction will be applied to THAI’s purchasing procedures dealing with price agreement, price checking, bidding, customers’ registration and online purchasing.