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LShirimaWomen have been called upon to seize opportunities which the Government deliberately crafted into public procurement law to enable them advance their economic wellbeing.
The call was made in Dar es Salaam recently by PPRA Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Laurent Shirima, during training for women entrepreneurs on the new-look public procurement Act.
Dr. Shirima told participants that the Government had recognised the important role women play in the country’s development and decided to create conducive environment for them to participate and win tenders offered by procuring entities.
He highlighted the existence of a specific provision in the Public Procurement (Amendments) Act 2016, which directs public institutions to set aside 30 per cent of their planned procurement specifically for special groups including women, youths, the elderly and people with disabilities.
“Thirty per cent of the procurement budget is a lot of money and it is set aside for you and other special groups. I advise you to be focused in your business and compete effectively in these tenders,” said Dr. Shirima.
He also said that the law offers equal opportunities for women to participate in public tenders.
However, Chairperson of Tanzania Women Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Jacqueline Maleko, reacted to Dr. Shirima’s remarks by calling for more training to women’s groups on their participation because, she said, “[their] understanding in public procurement is very low which undermines their participation.”
The one-day training, which was organised by PPRA, was attended by 59 participants from various women associations and companies.

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