Based on the statitisc’s from the Public Procurement Information Portal (PPIP), in the financial year 2020-2021, out of 4770 contracts that were awarded, none of them was on the AGPO program.
This begs the question; do tenders allocated to youth, women and people with disabilities really exist?
In the year 2013, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Kenya Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta launched the AGPO program (Access to Government Procurement Opportunities). The AGPO program’s main mission was to give youth, women, and people with disabilities access to government procurement opportunities.
It’s now 9 years down the line since the program was launched and no data to indicate that some tenders have been awarded to this group has been recorded by the PPIP.
What does this mean? Lets dive in further and find out.
A quick visit to the AGPO online portal shows the latest tenders to this group was published in the year 2018-2019. This thus indicates that either, the program stopped being implemented or there no latest tender for this group.
However, there are two things that you can do on the AGPO site as we speak.
The first one is to apply for a certificate, popularly known as AGPO Certificate by clicking on the sign-up button. The registration process requires that you submit all the mandatory documents to qualify for tenders under this program.
These documents include;
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National Identity Card or Kenyan Passport
You are required to attach a copy of your Kenyan National ID issued by the government of Kenya. Alternatively, you can submit your Kenyan passport. To learn more on how to acquire nation ID, click here.
Business Registration Certificate or Certificate of Incorporation
Secondly, attach a copy of the Business registration certificate for sole proprietorship enterprises. For limited companies, submit a Certificate of incorporation. You can register a business or company on the BRS Portal.
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CR12 for Limited Company From Registrar of of Companies
Thirdly, attach CR12; a document that shows the directors of the company as well your company location address. This is system generated document. You can obtain this document on Business Registration Service (BRS) portal.
Partnership Deed for Partnership Business
This requirement only applies to businesses registered by more than one person. A partnership deed is a copy of the deed you submitted to the registrar of companies on registration. It is a legally binding document of all members (partners) in a business.
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Tax compliance certificate
This is a document that you attach showing that your business or company is Tax compliant. It is a system generated document from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) ITAX portal.
National Construction Authority Letter – Certificate for Construction Category
This is a certificate issued by the National Construction Authority (NCA). The certificate acquisition fee starts from Ksh. 5000 to 100,000 depending on the category. There are other additional requirements to this that you can see on the site while making your application.
Once you have completed your application, wait for AGPO approval. The AGPO certificate will be sent to you by e-mail when approved.
AGPO approved enterprises are listed on the AGPO site. You can verify if your company has been listed using Verify business link on the AGPO site.
But with all this done, where is the business? Is this it? That’s your assignment. I have done mine.
The question which still remains unanswered is, why has AGPO not recorded any statistics with the PPIP to indicate the number of tenders awarded to youth, women, and people with disabilities?
As I close, I would like to know your experience tendering for business under the AGPO.
Have you ever been awarded a tender? If yes, how was your experience?
Otherwise, see you soon and take care.
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