1. One will be able to participate in the 30 percent of government tenders that have been set aside for youth, women and persons with disability through AGPO.
2. Accessibility to credit/loan facilities namely LPO/LSO financing from the Youth Enterprise Development fund.
3. A participant in a tender will be excluded from the requirement to get a bid bond and will instead fill in and sign a tender securing declaration form.
4. Where delay of payments for works performed are likely to happen, a procuring entity may facilitate invoice discounting arrangements with a financial institution for the purpose of advancing credit to the affected enterprises.
How did AGPO come about?
In February 2012, His Excellency the Retired President, Hon. Mwai Kibaki directed that 10% of all Government contracts be earmarked and awarded to the youth. The Policy directive was informed by the Government’s realization that in order to meaningfully address the issue of youth unemployment. It is necessary to give them opportunities to participate in government contracts and tenders.
In 2013,His Excellency the President Uhuru Kenyatta, pledged that the procurement rules would be amended to allow 30 per cent of contracts to be given to the youth, women and persons with disability without competition from established firms. His Excellency the President directed that the issue of 30 per cent allocation of all Government procurement to the youth should be adhered to, warning those who will fail to effect the directive will be sacked.
For every startup business that intends to pursue government opportunities, the AGPO program that is the avenue for government tenders and opportunities is a must join.
The Presidential Directive on the women, the youth and persons with disabilities access to 30% of government procurement opportunities is been implemented within the context of a program called AGPO (Access to Government Procurement Opportunities) which was officially launched by His Excellency the President, Uhuru Kenyatta, on October 16th, 2013 in Nairobi County.
The Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) program is founded on the Presidential Directive, the Preference and Reservations Regulations 2011, the Public Procurement And Disposal (Preference And Reservations) (Amendment) Regulations, 2013, the Constitution of Kenya 2010 Article 227 on the fair equitable, transparent and cost-effective public procurement of goods and services, the Constitution of Kenya 2010 Article 55 on affirmative action, the Public Procurement and Disposal Act, 2005, and the Public Procurement and Disposal Regulations, 2006.
What is the aim of the Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) Program?
The aim of the AGPO Program is to facilitate the enterprises owned by women, youth and persons with disability to be able to participate in government procurement. This will be made possible through the implementation of the Presidential Directive that 30% of government procurement opportunities be set aside specifically for enterprises owned by women, youth and persons with disability. It is affirmative action program aimed at empowering women, youth and persons with disability by giving them more opportunities to do business with Government.