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SMEs snubbing public tenders

Mon, 14 July 2014 01:54

While Government has been issuing out tenders for Small to Medium Scale Enterprises companies in that sector not been heeding the call.
One of the tenders targeting SMEs was launched by the Ministry of Land Resettlement (MRL) regarding the audit of the German financial contribution to the land Reform Programme for the 2013/14 financial year.
The tender was restricted to 100% Namibian owned registered SMEs and Namibian nationals only while others will be disqualified.
 The tenders were also given to tenderers who offer market related prices and to Namibian corporations.
However, no SME offers was received and the tender only received an offer from the Price Waterhouse Coopers Namibia (PWC), one of the leading professional providers in Namibia and internationally linked.
The MRL receives financial and technical support through the Namibian-German Co-operation to implement Namibian land reform program actions focusing on communal areas.
The funds channelled through the co-operation were concluded in November 2006 as the Federal Republic of Germany signed a financial agreement of N$ 37.6m with the MRL.
  Those funds given to contribute to the project called ‘Infrastructure Investment related to land reform’ are meant to contribute to poverty reduction in rural areas .
Another tender calling for SMEs which went unanswered is of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) for the construction of the bulk water supply line for Rural Water supply for the area between Katima Mulilo and Ngoma.
No offers were received for the tender which closed on 17 June and whose notice was only restricted to 100% Namibian owned registered SMEs and Namibian nationals.
However as usual the tender failed to arouse enough SME support.