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Assessment of Preferred Suppliers for Constituency Projects Underway

Preferred Supplier Arrangement (PSA) public tenders for the supply of goods to the government through the 50 constituencies is currently underway.

The call for public tender was put out by the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) on the 23rd of January and officially closed on the 9th of February 2023.

The Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) of MRD is assessing the tender submissions.

A total of 68 companies submitted their bids. This was recorded and publicly announced during the public opening of tenders by the Central Tender Board (CTB) Chairman McKinnie Dentana who is also the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance & Treasury (MoFT).

The public opening of tenders was held at the MoFT leaf hut last Thursday. Assessment/evaluation of all submissions are underway and would take up to two or three weeks.

This important evaluation activity is conducted by the MRD TEC team under the technical guidance of the ministry’s Deputy Secretary Technical (DST) Hugo Hebala who is also the chairman of TEC.

The TEC team is comprised of key technical staff and a rep from the ministry’s accounts unit.

The TEC Chairman Mr. Hebala explained that the evaluation process is necessary to make sure bidders meet minimum requirements as prescribed under the PSA tender obligation and Section VI, Schedule of Requirements.

He said the evaluation process is an important task as it will include site assessment & verification and price evaluation.

“Report of the assessment will be submitted to the Ministerial Tender Board (MTB) for endorsement before it is submitted to CTB for final endorsement and approval.

“MTB is chaired by Permanent Secretary of MRD Dr. Samson Viulu and all Heads of Divisions (HODs) as members.

“CTB is the awarding board to award contracts to successful bidders. This usually happens after all the processes are completed. PSA contracts are prepared by MRD. PS MOFT (Chairman CTB), PS MRD (Chairman MTB), and the Supplier (s) are signatories of granted contracts,” Mr. Hebala explained.

PSA contracts valid for one year (12 months) with prices under the contracts remain fixed for that period.

Source: Press Release