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 opportunities.
This is will be made possible through the implementation of the legal requirement that 30% of Government procurement opportunities be set aside specifically for enterprises owned by these groups. As a result, the program is aimed at empowering them by giving them more opportunities to do business with Government
NB:For the purpose of benefiting from preference and reservations schemes,an enterprise owned by youth, women or persons with disabilities shall be a legal entity that:
- Is registered with the relevant government body;
- and has at least seventy percent (70%)membership of youth, women or persons with disabilities and the leadership shall be one hundred percent youth,women and persons with disability, respectively.
‘Youth’ as defined by the Kenyan Government, refers to young people between the ages of 18 years and 35 years. A youth-owned enterprise refers to a legally registered business in the form of a sole-proprietorship, partnership or limited company. For both the partnership and the limited company, the ownership in form of capital invested or shares owned should be at-least 70% for the youth.
PERSONS WITH DISABILITY
“Disability” as per the meaning assigned to it under the Persons with Disabilities Act, 2003 means a physical, sensory, mental or other impairment, including any visual, hearing, learning or physical incapability, which impacts adversely on social, economic or environmental participation. All persons with disabilities seeking preference in Government procurement must provide their National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) registration number.
“Woman” means a person of the female gender who has attained the age of eighteen years and includes a company, association or body of persons, corporate or unincorporated in which at least seventy percent of the shareholders, members or persons and a majority of its directors are of the female gender.