Government procurement sensitization workshop

The Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) has embarked on a campaign to sensitise women, youth and persons living with disability on how to seize business opportunities and take advantage of the 30 percent Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) set aside for them.

KFS Procurement Manager Jenifer Cirindi said this at a sensitisation forum held at the Kenya School of Government.

She urged women, youth and persons living with disability to register their enterprises with AGPO so that they can easily access government tenders and contracts reserved for them.

Ms. Cirindi said the special groups can economically benefit from the 30 percent government procurement opportunities designed as a ladder out of poverty.

‘That is why as KFS we have decided to educate you on the requirements of public procurements so that you are easily able to do business with government agencies,’ she said.

She continued ‘we are committed to ensuring that marginalised groups access opportunities that will enable them realise their full potential’.

Ms. Cirindi challenged the vulnerable groups to make use of the opportunities available to them in order to improve on their welfare.

She said women, youth and persons living with disability are also allowed to compete with large enterprises already established in the market.

‘But you should know that by competing with large enterprises in the market the preference category does not apply,’ she said.

Gathomi Kimani Head of Procurement Coast region said the special groups need to be enlightened on how to benefit from government tenders and contracts.

He said no special group can get more than 30 percent and less than two percent of the government contracts aimed at creating a level field among the competing special interest groups.

Mr. Kimani asked the women, youth and persons living with disability to embrace entrepreneurship to lift themselves out of poverty and destitution.

Source: Kenya News Agency