“USTDA has a long history of engagement with Kenya. Our GPI partnership builds on this foundation to support the country’s efforts to ensure fair, transparent procurements and increased international competition for its public tenders,” said Enoh T. Ebong, USTDA’s Acting Director.
Under the partnership, USTDA will lead trainings in the United States, Kenya and virtually on international best practices and the integration of best value methodologies in public procurement. The training will be carried out in coordination with the George Washington University Law School’s Government Procurement Law Program and U.S. expert practitioners with procurement experience in government, the private sector, and higher education.
The training will deepen Kenya’s workforce professionalization and use of fair, transparent value-based procurement methodology.
National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani stated: “The National Treasury has worked hard in recent years to strengthen and improve Kenya’s laws and regulations governing its public procurement framework. Joining hands with USTDA will propel the procurement modernization process forward, and in tandem, enhance our continued close collaboration with the U.S. on economic development and transparency.”
Eric Kneedler, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi said: “Today we formalized this partnership between USTDA and the Government of Kenya’s National Treasury and Planning Ministry.” He added, “I strongly believe this partnership will advance policies, consistent with international best practices, that integrate life-cycle cost analysis and best-value determination into procurement processes, culminating in smarter, longer-term investments with overall savings to the Government of Kenya.”
Launched in 2013, USTDA’s Global Procurement Initiative: Understanding Best Value is dedicated to assisting public officials in emerging economies to better understand the total cost of ownership of goods and services for infrastructure projects.
The Initiative now includes 14 partner countries.