Namibia finalises procurement changes

18 November 2010

18 November | Nick Martindale

The Namibian government is finalising amendments to the Tender Board Act of 1996 to make government contracts more accessible for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and local enterprises.

Welma Enssle, secretary of the Namibian tender board, told SM the Ministry of Finance had been given approval to incorporate the changes in a new draft, which will then be submitted to the cabinet for approval ahead of reaching parliament.

She said: “The amendments will endeavour to address local enterprise development [and encourage] gender, youth, SME and black economic empowered participation by categorising and setting aside tenders, enforcing local sourcing of goods and services, and making Namibian ownership a requirement to be eligible to tender.

“Smaller suppliers play a very important role in the sustainability of any country’s economy and should be encouraged.”

She added that the proposed changes would help to achieve the objectives of Vision 2030. This plan was announced in 2004 to transform the country’s political and economic structure and reduce levels of poverty and inequality, including a commitment to reduce unemployment from 35 per cent to five per cent. 

Enssle said she expected the changes would be ratified and become law by early 2011.

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