Locals win in federal procurement bid

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The Public Procurement and Property Disposal Service (PPPDS) has made a 343 million birr agreement with 15 local companies for the procurement of stationary, toners and sanitary equipment for federal government offices.
Around 75 companies, many of which were foreign companies, participated in the international tender. With the 15 percent of marginal preference given to local companies, 15 locals have won the tender.
The winning companies−Dana Das Trading, A.S Trading, East Africa Trading, Addis Image Trading, Zipanna Trading, Tonner Addis Trading, Mass PLC, Amma Paper PLC, Yekatit Paper Converting Enterprise, Repi Soap & Detergent SC, Inter PLC, Soloda Paper Works and Lehabba Toner−have signed agreements with PPPDS.
The deal, made on the 25th of December, ensures the companies will also procure the items for 2016/17and 2017/18.
Yigezu Daba, Director of PPPDS, said at the signing ceremony that the agreement shows the increasing potential of local companies to procure federal office equipments.
“Two years ago, we only had one local company participating in the federal office equipment procurement, but now, it has reached 15. We appreciate and also encourage local companies to conduct our procurement in the future. Local companies have presented better quality with a fair price, which has won them tenders. The 15 percent marginal preference the government has given has also made it possible for them to compete in the tender,” he said.
According to the director, local companies share 17.4 of the total procurement.