Statehouse welcomes investor visits but not tender talks

21 Mar 2016 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAR (NAMPA) – While the Office of the President has welcomed courtesy visits from all domestic and international investors, seeking appointment for the discussion of business plans and tenders is not welcome.
“No meetings will be entertained on tender procurement,” said President Hage Geingob during the celebration of Namibia’s 26th Independence Anniversary here on Monday under the theme ‘United we stand for the love of Namibia’.
“My advice is that those requiring guidance should seek the council of those line ministries,” the President said, adding that the invitation for discussions encourages the process of a multi-layered decision-making process encouraging transparency and discouraging favouritism, secrecy and name-dropping.
He noted the Public Procurement Act, which was passed into law in 2015, would ensure transparency and effectiveness in the public procurement system.
The Act contains essential provisions to ensure the objectives of transparency, value for money, accountability, fair competition and equal treatment of all bidders are achieved.
Local media have over the past five years used the term ‘tenderpreneurs’, referring to people who abuse their political power and influence to secure exorbitant Government tenders. Many have not really delivered on their mandate. A few Namibians have also been used by foreign companies to obtain lucrative government tenders, especially in the construction industry.
The celebration of Namibia’s 26th Independence Anniversary was attended by various prominent figures and foreign dignitaries, including Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta as guest of honour.