ENHANCING WOMEN PARTICIPATION IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
PPDA organized a workshop with women in business to address issues in dealing with public procurement, how to prepare responsive bids, reservation schemes, and tax compliance related issues and registration issues among others. The main objective of the workshop was to stimulate increased entrepreneurial activity by women owned businesses specifically in public procurement.
In 2017, with the support of UN Women Office, PPDA conducted a study to review the opportunities and barriers to participation of women entrepreneurs in public procurement in Uganda. The study highlighted that women in business face challenges including lack of knowledge on public procurement, lack of awareness on public procurement among others.
The Authority has made strides towards promoting local content in public procurement. In accordance to Section 50 (1) of the PPDA Act 2003, when using the open bidding methods of procurement, Procuring and Disposing Entities are required to give preferential treatment to domestically manufactured goods, Ugandan contractors and Ugandan consultants and all bidding documents issued by Procuring and Disposing Entities must provide for application of the margin of preference in accordance with section 59A of the PPDA Act, 2003.
PPDA has also issued guidelines on reservation schemes to promote local content in public procurement. The objective of the guidelines is to provide for mechanisms of increasing the input of local labour, goods and services in the procurement of public sector projects, goods and services within the country.
In collaboration with UN women, PPDA plans to review the Register of Providers (RoP) to allow for capturing gender and profiles of women owned businesses. This will promote the visibility for women owned businesses and provide an opportunity for women to show case their skills and experience. The purpose of the RoP to create a sustainable and vibrant web-based forum for Procuring and Disposing Entities (PDEs) to interact with providers hence promoting a more transparent and enabling business environment.