- 30% PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITIES
In 2013, His Excellency the President Uhuru Kenyatta directed that the procurement rules be amended to allow 30 per cent of contracts to be given to the youth, women and persons with disability without competition from established firms.
The Public Procurement Directorate under the Ministry of Finance is in charge of the Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) initiative which was launched at KICC on June 29th 2012. The aim of the AGPO Program is to facilitate the youth, women and persons with disability-owned enterprises to be able to participate in government procurement. This will be made possible through the implementation of the Presidential Directive that 30% of government procurement opportunities be set aside specifically for these enterprises. It is affirmative action aimed at empowering youth, women and persons with disability-owned enterprises by giving them more opportunities to do business with Government(source: http://www.agpo.go.ke).
The Access to Government Procurement Opportunities Initiative targets the following groups:
- Persons with Disability
TIPS ON HOW TO QUALIFY FOR ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITIES
For the purpose of benefiting from preference and reservations schemes, an enterprise owned by youth, women or persons with disabilities shall be a legal entity that:-
- is registered with the relevant government body;
- and has at least seventy percent membership of youth, women or persons with disabilities and the leadership shall be one hundred percent youth, women and persons with disability, respectively.
- Required documents
For you to qualify, you will need the following documents:
- Identity Card(s)/Passport(s).
- Business Registration Certificate/ Certificate of Incorporation.
- PIN/VAT Certificate.
- Tax Compliance Certificate.
- Partnership Deed for Partnership Business.
- Memorandum/Articles of Association and CR12 mandatory for Registered Companies.
- For Construction Category – Letter/Certificate from the National Construction Authority, Energy Regulatory Commission or any other Authorised Public Technical Body.
- To qualify for the 30% procurement scheme the entity must be registered at the National Treasury and receive a certificate stating that the entity is owned by a woman, youth or person with disability. This certificate is at no cost to the entity
Women Enterprise Fund has sought to ensure that these opportunities are available to women and that these same women are aware of the same. There have thus been conscientious efforts to ensure that women throughout the country are trained on the 30% procurement process and Access to Government Procurement Opportunities and are thus guided into the next steps they will take to be able to access these opportunities. The Fund has also placed e-tenders stemming from different institutions within government in a bid to ensure that women are aware of the tenders that are in the market and are thus able to apply for the same and get business.
For the women’s entity to qualify for the tendering process there are preliminary mandatory requirements that they MUST possess failure to which they will not qualify for the tender. These requirements are:
- KRA tax compliance
- VAT certificate
- Business registration/single business permits
- Audited accounts
Women Enterprise Fund has also put in place measures to set aside 30% of its procurement opportunities for women. The Fund’s prequalification of suppliers allows for entities owned by women to be given preference when any procurement opportunities arise