Govt issues directive for public entities to source locally

23 May 2019 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 23 MAY (NAMPA) – Government has issued a procurement directive for public entities to source specific categories of goods and services and works produced and manufactured locally before procuring these elsewhere.
Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein announced this at a media conference held here on Thursday, saying the directive is a measure to enable local participation in the economy and enhance domestic productive capacity within the framework of the Procurement Act (Act No. 15 of 2015).
The directive extends procurement reservation to 100 per cent Namibian-owned SMEs and entities which are 51 per cent or more equity-owned by Namibian citizens.
Goods, services and works to be reserved must have at least 65 per cent local content, with categories such as professional services and labour works to have 100 per cent local content, the minister said.
The directive replaces one issued on 26 February 2019 on the procurement of meat, fresh produce and related by-products north of the Veterinary Cordon Fence (Red Line), but retains the requirement for public entities north of the Red Line to reserve the sourcing of such goods locally.
“It is part of the package of structural policy reforms to support emerging economic recovery and enhancing domestic productive capacity, thus creating wealth and jobs locally,” Schlettwein said.