Tenderers should source supplies locally: Kuugongelwa-Amadhila

19 Feb 2014 20:20pm
WINDHOEK, 19 FEB (NAMPA) - The Namibian Government on Wednesday announced that all companies and people tendering for Government projects and other related jobs will now be required to source their supplies locally.
The Minister of Finance Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila announced this as she tabled the 2014/15 National Budget in Parliament on Wednesday.
The minister also said local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and companies owned by Namibian youth and women will now receive preferential treatment when tendering for Government projects and jobs.
“All tenderers are now required to have local shareholding and to source their supplies locally. A provision has also been made for tender reservations for local SMEs and companies owned by Namibian youth and women. We are setting up a database to facilitate monitoring of compliance with these provisions,” Kuugongelwa-Amadhila stated.
Speaking about the Public Finance Management Bill, the minister said the Namibian Government has now decided to redraft this Bill in order to take advantage of new developments in financial management in the country.
“Extensive consultations were undertaken with a wide range of stakeholders and useful inputs were received. We shall pursue the finalisation of the new Bill during the course of the year. The Audit Bill which was already finalised will have to be reviewed to achieve streamlining with the Public Finance Management Bill,” she indicated.
With regards to the Public Procurement Bill, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said consultations on this Bill will be pursued as a matter of priority so that it returns to Parliament during the first half of this year.
The Bill is designed to provide the legal framework for in-depth reforms to the public procurement system, which is essential to implement Government’s programmes in a manner which would achieve value for money with a high level of efficiency and effectiveness.
It also seeks to repeal the current procurement legislation, the Tender Board Act of 1996, which has been on the Ministry of Finance’s statute books for almost two decades as its provisions are no longer sufficient to achieve the country’s developmental objectives.