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ADVANCING POSSIBILITIES FOR LOCAL SUPPLIERS USING SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) office in partnership with the Ministry of Co-operatives and MSMEs Development hosted a one-day forum on advancing possibilities for local suppliers using sustainable procurement to advance resilient and inclusive development.

Dubbed UNOPS possibilities, the forum aimed to explore ways to leverage sustainable procurement as an enabler to create opportunities for local MSMEs and advance local economic growth and job creation in Kenya.

Addressing the forum, the Chief Guest Principal Secretary State Department for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Development Ms. Susan Mang’eni spoke on Kenyan Government Interventions that are focused on the identification and elimination of barriers to public procurement, improving competitiveness, strengthening value addition for selected priority sectors and ensuring compliance with existing regulations.

These interventions include but are not limited to mainstreaming sustainable procurement of local products and services through Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) and ensuring consistent supply and prompt payment of local suppliers.

Principal Secretary State Department for MSME Development Ms. Susan Mang’eni engaging with delegates at the forum.

Representing MSEA Director General Mr. Henry Rithaa as a high level panelist during the forum, MSEA Head of Supply Chain Management Mr. Silas Kiome spoke on the importance of partnerships in supporting productive investment and linkage of MSEs to subcontracting opportunities in the global production value chain.

Mr. Silas Kiome said that the Authority is building up MSEs’ capabilities and competitiveness through training and capacity building in the transfer of technology particularly in production and creating subcontracting linkages to spur growth and development in the local MSEs

MSEA Head of Supply Chain Management Mr. Silas Kiome representing MSEA Director General Mr. Henry Rithaa as a high level panelist during the forum

MSMEs were also taken through how to navigate the United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM), how to become a United Nations supplier and the UNOPS Sustainable Procurement Framework on driving sustainability for suppliers.

The forum was officiated by Shaheen Nilofer Country Representative from UNICEF, Rainer Frauenfeld Director of UNOPS Eastern and Southern Africa, and Anne-Claire Howard, Director of UNOPS Procurement Group.

Highlights from the UNOPS possibilities forum

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