• Kenya Young Parliamentarians Strategic Plan Launch
    Kenya Young Parliamentarians Strategic Plan Launch
    Members of the Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association (KYPA) cut the ribbon to launch their Strategic Plan.
  • State of Youth Affairs after Inaugration of Jubilee Government
    State of Youth Affairs after Inaugration of Jubilee Government
    The Youth Agenda and Members of the National Youth Council give a press statement on the state of youth affairs in Kenya one year after the Jubilee Government was elected.
  • Nairobi County Youth Plan Launch
    Nairobi County Youth Plan Launch
    The Youth Agenda Chief Executive Officer Susan Mwongera together with young elected leaders launch the Nairobi County Youth Plan.
  • Youth Leaders Training on Devolution.
    Youth Leaders Training on Devolution.
    Participants being taken through devolved government structures and processes.
  • International Youth Day Festival
    International Youth Day Festival
    Inside the Youth Agenda tent we exhibited the work we have done over the years to the delight of young people.
  • International Youth Day Festival
    International Youth Day Festival
    Participants at the International Youth Day Festival in Nairobi.
  • National Eleceted and Nominated Youth Leaders Forum
    National Eleceted and Nominated Youth Leaders Forum
    Delegates from all over the country arrive for the National Elected and Nominated Youth Leaders forum.
  • Press Conference - Mar 2013
    Press Conference - Mar 2013
    We congratulate those young first time voters who exercised the right and responsibility to vote, and all young Kenyans who made their voices heard during this election.
  • National Eleceted and Nominated Youth Leaders Gala Dinner
    National Eleceted and Nominated Youth Leaders Gala Dinner
    Hussein Mohammed former Board Chair of Youth Agenda gives a speech to the delegates.

New Public Procurement Bill to spur Youth businesses

Youth BuisnessIn keeping with its pre –election promise, President Kenyatta’s government through the National Treasury has made changes to the public procurement Bill to make it easier for youth, women and people with disabilities to participate in the government Tendering process.

Through a Gazette Notice on June 18th, the rules that will help government institutions comply with the presidential directive were laid down. The directive requires that 30% of all public tenders be set aside for youth, women and persons with disabilities. Under the new rules, any small and micro enterprise or disadvantaged group wishing to participate in public procurement should register at the National Treasury or the respective county treasury offices. All registered enterprises from both the national and county treasuries will be consolidated and published by the Public Procurement Authority. All public entities are required to comply with these new rules and file quarterly reports with the Public Procurement Authority.

The new law denotes that preference will be given to small businesses that are registered with the relevant government authorities and that comprise of 70% youth, women or persons with disabilities; the leadership must also be 100% youth, women & persons with disabilities.

What’s more, exorbitant fees for acquisition of tender documents have been scrapped; Tendering documents will be made available online for download. Additionally, documents obtained via hard copy from the participating government institution will only be billed for the cost of printing/ making copies- this fee must not exceed Ksh 1000.

On securing a tender, the public procuring entity must facilitate financing for the youth owned businesses. This will be done by authenticating the notification of tender awards, Local Purchase Orders or Service Orders, subsequently entering into an agreement with the financier that payment will be made by them through an account opened by the contracted youth enterprise. This will ensure that youth businesses are not eliminated from the process due to challenges of liquidity while facing a big order.

Finally, on supply of goods &/or services, the new laws require that youth entities be paid within a period not exceeding 30 days. Where an entity is not able to clear the payment, it is required to honour at least half the amount and explain the reason for the delay in writing to the youth enterprise. Furthermore, where a delay in payments by the procuring entity is likely to happen, the entity is required to facilitate invoice discounting with a financier to advance credit to the affected business.

Well there you have it! The future is bright for the youth, let us put our best foot forward and seize the opportunities as they come.

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