Procurement plays an essential role in enabling the EAKC carry out its mandate within the realm of good governance and accountability, borrowing its activities from procurement best practices around the world to establish the most appropriate policies and procedures that meet EAKC needs. This section has been designed to provide useful information to prospective and registered suppliers and contractors on the process followed by the EAKC when sourcing for goods, services and works.

Procurement Policies and Procedures

The EAKC is committed to transparency at all stages of procurement from the initial decision to buy, through the selection of a supplier, to disposal of assets.

Procurement Principles

Value for Money; Effective competition; Fairness and Integrity; Transparency; Accountability and Interest of EAKC and its Stakeholders are key principles all of which must receive due consideration when undertaking a procurement.

Conflict of Interest

The EAKC shall ensure that all potential participants in a specific procurement or disposal action do not have any potential or actual conflict of interest.

Criminal activities and sanctions

The EAKC shall, whenever it suspects that criminal activities are taking or have taken place, refer the matter to the appropriate civil authorities. These activities include bribery, fraud, coercion and collusion.

Supplier Eligibility

The EAKC shall entertain bids from, or award contracts to, suppliers who meet the legal, ethical and quality requirements of the EAKC. This will require the ascertainment and confirmation by the EAKC of the qualifications of suppliers or contractors at any stage of the procurement proceedings.

Partner-funded Projects

The EAKC is authorised by the Financial Rules and Regulations of the East African Community (EAC) to comply with Development Partner requirements for the conduct of procurements being conducted with Development Partner Funds, including following the procurement procedures of the Development Partner, and obtaining approval of procurement actions in advance from the Development Partner.

Procurement Method

The choice of procurement method is influenced by a number of factors, such as market conditions, complexity of the requirement, monetary value of the procurement, donor conditions and whether goods, works, or services are procured. Location and urgency may also have an effect on the choice of solicitation method, and the procedures applied.

Open and Limited Competition

Open International or open Regional competition shall be the preferred method of competition as it best satisfies the principles of best value for money, transparency and effective competition. If an open international or regional competition cannot be held, a Limited international or regional competition may be carried out. Limited competition shall be for short-listed suppliers selected in a non-discriminatory manner from rosters, pre-qualifications, expressions of interest, market research etc. Regional competition shall be limited to suppliers in the Partner States.

Least Cost Selection (LCS)

Least Cost Selection is the evaluation methodology that recommends the lowest priced bid, which meets all the requirements of EAKC both commercial and technical. The lowest priced bid which is eligible, compliant, responsive and meets the minimum qualifying technical mark shall be the best evaluated bid and shall be recommended for award of contract.