13 Nov 2017 19:10pm
RUNDU, 13 NOV (NAMPA) A workshop on the Public Procurement Act for bidders and prospective bidders is underway in Rundu in the Kavango East Region.
Procurement Specialist in the Ministry of Finance, Linus Hamukoto at the start of the workshop on Monday said the gathering aims to capacitate all bidders and the business community on the implantation of the Act.
He said between June and July, the work of the ministry was to first train ministry officials on the new Act before reaching out to other stakeholders in the business community at large.
Hamukoto added that although the workshop turnout was low, the message of the training was communicated thoroughly, informing all interested parties to attend.
The two-day workshop is aimed at training the business community in Kavango East, Kavango West as well as the Zambezi Region.
So far, the training has been carried out in the Khomas, Hardap, //Kharas, Erongo and Omaheke regions.
Next week, the team is expected to host another workshop in Oshakati from 21 to 22 November 2017 before proceeding to Otjiwarongo.
The workshop mostly focuses on the standard bidding documents in order to familiarise bidders on structures and the content of the standard forms.
It is being conducted in accordance with section seven of the Public Procurement Act of 2015.
The section states that the functions of the policy unit are to prepare and conduct [a] training programme and approve training curriculum on public procurement as proposed by training institutions of staff members, contractors and suppliers concerning the procurement.
The Act, which replaced the Tender Board of Namibia Act 16 of 1996, came into effect on 01 April 2017.
It is the only Act which regulates the tender process in Namibia, where the State or any Government organisation is a contracting party.