eprocurementWomen, youth and persons with disability can now apply easily for Government contracts following successful training of more than 4,000 suppliers by the National Treasury in all the 47 counties. This is expected to help them take advantage of regulations requiring government agencies to set aside 30 percent of all contracts for business owned and run by the youth, women and persons with disabilities.

The ministry has conducted training for people with hearing impairment, to equip them with adequate skills to undertake tender processes using the IFMIS e-procurement platform. The training is expected to enable entrepreneurs in the special group tap into the vast opportunities availed by the preferential treatment rule.

Financial Management Information Service (FMIS) Director Mr. Jerome Ochieng’ said the initiative seeks to enable enterprises owned by special groups take advantage of the 30 percent procurement opportunities reserved for them by national and county governments including ministries, State Corporations and government agencies.

“IFMIS system is designed to enable the Government increase and monitor state procurement opportunities to the minority, including women, youth and persons with disability,”  he said.  “This is an affirmative action aimed at empowering enterprises owned by youth, women and persons with disability by giving them more opportunities to do business with the Government”, he added.

Other than the training, the FMIS department also developed a custom communication mailer that will enable the special group interact with FMIS officials as well as request for support using the system. Training for youth, women and people with disabilities is expected to be conducted for more than 5,000 persons this financial year.

In June 2013, National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Mr Henry Rotich gazetted the Public Procurement and Disposal (Preference and Reservations-Amendment) Regulations, 2013 which require all government Agencies to give preferential treatment to businesses owned by youth, women and persons with disabilities.

During the training, Mr Ochieng’ said FMIS plans to use Huduma Centres to help businesses that have difficulties with completing the tender process online.  “We are initiating discussions with the Ministry of Devolution and Planning to use the Huduma Centres to provide support to suppliers in responding online to government tenders,” he said.