- The programme advocates for inclusivity and fostering competitive government procurement.
- It will help boost access to government tenders.
Kenya Electricity Generating Company has launched a countrywide free tender campaign to empower the marginalised groups on the government tenders.
The programme, which advocates for inclusivity and fostering competitive government procurement, will help boost access to government tenders.
KenGen managing director and Chief executive officer Eng Peter Njenga said they have launched a series of groundbreaking nationwide free sensitisation workshops for special groups to capacity build them.
The campaign dubbed "Local-Local Suppliers" is set to change the landscape of procurement in Kenya, as these workshops will open doors to a more inclusive and competitive future.
The programme is designed to empower youth, women, persons with disabilities, and local suppliers, aligning perfectly with the government's objective to grant these special groups a minimum of 30 per cent of government procurement opportunities.
The awareness will be undertaken in all counties where the company has a presence. It is open to the public with more than 300 expected to benefit per session.
Eng Njenga emphasised the significance of the initiative which the special groups should take advantage of to apply for the government tenders for income generation.
"We believe that these sensitisation workshops will significantly contribute to fostering an inclusive and competitive environment in government procurement,” he said.
The programme, Njenga added, aligned perfectly with the government’s vision for empowerment and equal access to opportunities.
“What sets KenGen apart is its commitment to a countrywide mobilisation campaign that will equip special groups with the knowledge and tools necessary to access and compete for government procurement opportunities,” he said.
The comprehensive workshop agenda covers essential topics, including modern procurement systems, the access to government procurement opportunities programme, and compliance with procurement regulations.
During the awareness campaign, the financial aspects of procurement, such as LPO financing and tax amendments will be explored to facilitate the participation of marginalised groups and local suppliers in government procurement.
He said KenGen's proactive steps were aimed at driving innovation and economic growth while creating a level playing field for all in government procurement.
“These workshops mark a pioneering effort in Kenya, signifying KenGen's commitment to promoting an inclusive, open, competitive, and forward-looking environment in government procurement,” Njenga said.