Special Interest Groups Get Sh609mn Tender From Kenya Power

Special Interest Groups Get Sh609mn Tender From Kenya Power

Youth, women, and persons with disabilities (PWDs) got a Sh609 million tender from Kenya Power in the eight months from July 2023.

The tenders are part of the Sh1.8 billion procurement budget that the utility company set aside for the current financial year to be utilized under the Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) program.

Projects allocated to special interest groups improved from the Sh244 million that was issued during a similar period in the 2022–23 fiscal year.

“The increased uptake of AGPO tenders is a result of the deliberate effort by the Company to sensitize the target groups on the procurement opportunities that are available within the Company,” Kenya Power General Manager, Supply Chain and Logistics John Ngeno said.

“We have sustained sensitization workshops across the country to educate special interest groups on how to participate in our procurement processes so that we can attain 100% absorption of the procurement budget that we have set aside for them,” he added.

Businesses owned by youth accounted for the largest value of tenders that were awarded during the period, taking up a total of Sh472.9 million.

Women and PWDs accounted for Sh135.5 million and Sh646,700, respectively.

Today, the company held two sensitization workshops in Mombasa and Kisumu targeting special interest groups to further drive the uptake of AGPO tenders.

Apart from the sensitization forums, the corporation is also working in collaboration with financial institutions to create linkages for financial support for the interest groups to facilitate their participation in the AGPO tenders.

“We are keen to maintain liaison with leading financial institutions to offer financial support to bidders under the AGPO category,” Ngeno added.

“Most of these institutions also participate in our sensitization forums where they get to meet the bidders and offer tailor-made financial solutions to boost their capacity to bid.”

Additionally, it carries out pre-bid conferences during a tendering period to enhance knowledge and awareness among bidders

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