The minister of trade and industry Amelia Kyambadde has urged local contractors to get informed about the tender opportunities in the country.
“Local contractors should get well informed about the tender processes and where to address their grievances if they feel cheated,” Kyambadde said.
The Minister said this at the launch the First Uganda Contractors and Providers Summit in Kampala which is organized in conjunction with the Ministry, Uganda Contractors & Providers and Beautiful partners.
The summit according to officials will take place from 12th to 13th November at the Kampala Serena Hotel, running under the theme ‘Buy Uganda, Build Uganda from a contractors’ perspective.’
Kyambadde warned of the many middlemen who she said are are exploiting local contractors.
“Please beware of these middlemen. There is corruption in the tender process. They make bidding expensive, every bidding step you make they ask for money,” she said.
The organisers revealed that President Yoweri Museveni is expected to be the guest of honour as the event presents a strong boost for Uganda’s local contractors and promote local participation.
In his remarks, Vincent Seruma the Public and Corporate Affairs at the Uganda Revenue Authority said URA supports the BUBU policy advising local contractors to comply with the tax system which he said will give them great opportunities to do business.
“Contractors can miss out on tenders because of not complying with the tax system. When you get into the bidding process you can grow and get markets in the region, the continent, the African Continental Free Trade Area, we need to prepare for these markets,” Seruma said.
Benson Turamye, Executive Director Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) disclosed that President Yoweri Museveni has issued directive requiring furniture to be procured locally.
Turamye explained that the PPD Act provides for preference and reservation schemes that give advantages to local contractors and enterprises to outcompete foreign bidders on the pricing element by small margins.
He said tenders of sh45b and below for goods are reserved for local providers. While tenders for the provision of consultancy services of sh1b and below are reserved for local consultants.
He noted that foreigner firms that win tenders are required to subcontract 30% of it to local firms. He said the goal to support local contractors and providers was intended to promote wealth creation, technology and skills transfer.