KEPSA participated in the Ministry of Defence Dialogue Series named ‘’The Women Entrepreneurs’ Training’’ on Government Procurement Processes and Payment Systems, which was held on 3rd June 2015 at Silver Springs Hotel. Though majority of suppliers to the Ministry were Women Entrepreneurs’, they needed to be equipped with skills and knowledge in procurement matters in order to enhance their
The legislation that guides procurement in Kenya include; Public Procurement and Disposal Act 2005, Disposal Regulations 2006, and Betty Wamaitha representing FEWA makes her remarks during the women entrepreneurs training Amended Regulations of 18th June 2013. There are three Key bodies that regulate procurement in Kenya; they include – The Public Procurement Oversight Authority (PPOA), The Public Procurement Oversight Advisory Board and the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board. There has been considerable debate on procurement matters regarding tendering process, contract awards, structural and professional weak links and gaps that have been brought into question within the tendering process. The training therefore highlighted procurement methods as set out in the Public Procurement and
Disposal Act 2015 and regulations 2006 that include open tender, restricted tendering, direct procurement/single sourcing, request for proposals, and low value procurement procedures and when each method of procurement should be followed. The regulations also provide for seven day provision for appeal by an aggrieved supplier before the contract is signed through the Public Procurement Review Board. It was imperative that proper documentation on tenders and proposals, correct invoicing details and honouring of LPO (Local Purchase Orders) and LSO (Local Service Orders) within 30 days, be observed by all suppliers.
The training also empowered the participants on access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO), Basic Management skills with focus on budgeting, business financing options and common barriers was presented by Betty Wamaitha of FEWA on behalf of KEPSA. Gender policies in place to promote equity and equality of men and women throughout development interventions in Kenya include: International and regional obligations, Kenya Constitution 2010, National Gender Policy,
Affirmative action, presidential circular No. 1 of Sept 2014, Executive Order 2 of May 2013 and Presidential Director on implementation of gender, youth and People with Disability 30% for all government procurement opportunities. The participants were urged to form associations and network to support each other. The training also demystified the Ministry of Defence as mysterious and any civilian can engage with it just like any other government entity.