Every so often, we flip through the pages of a newspaper and land on a page with a heading: “Tender Notice”. You scan through this page and read a prominent statement that says: “Youth, women and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.”

The promise to award 30% of procurement opportunities to Youth, Women and Persons with disability is part of the government’s agenda to include these disadvantaged groups in doing business with them.

What exactly do you need to qualify for such opportunities?

•           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 the Construction Category – Letter/Certificate from the National Construction Authority,    Energy Regulatory Commission or any other Authorized Public Technical Body.

As a young person, a woman or a person with disability, do you have enough information to help you to successfully apply for these open tenders?

To help women access such tenders, the following guidelines would be useful:

  • Make sure all requirements stated on the tender document are followed.
  • Join programmes that help members gain access to procurement opportunities such as Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO).
  • For women, exposure to interest groups and organizations such as Kenya Association of Women Business Owners (KAWBO) will help in getting relevant advice and knowhow of the tendering and procurement scene.
  • Apply for tenders on a regular basis. The more you apply, the more you increase the possibilities of securing a tender.
  • Following up on various tender documents you submitted is also a vital part in tendering.

 

Now that we are in the digital era, digital platforms have made things easier as far as tender applications are concerned, one can access open tenders on websites such as www.tenders.go.ke

There are also a number of local websites such as www.tendersoko.co.ke; www.tendersunlimited.com which constantly update new tenders.

What are your views about women doing business with government under the 30% procurement promise?