A significant proportion of TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) expenditure is expended through the purchase of goods, services and works. Therefore, our procurement is guided by international best practice with the principal objectives of achieving value for money and ensuring transparent, fair and open competition.
By doing this successfully, we will achieve TradeMark East Africa (TMEA)’s developmental objectives and stimulate economic development across East Africa. TradeMark East Africa (TMEA)’s funds are untied, which means that we will work with suppliers across the globe, whose bids for each tender are the most competitive.
Procurement policies and procedures and any other information will be found on TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) website https://www.trademarkea.com/procurement/, specifically under the supplier resources and procurement guidelines tabs.
All proposals are normally submitted via the Contract Management System (CMS) (https://procurement.trademarkea.com/). First-time bidders are required to log onto CMS and register and then submit proposals online through your account, using the unique username and password.
The default position is that proposals are to be submitted through the CMS. There may however be instances where hard copy or email submissions are sought, in which case this will be clearly stated in the advert and/ or tender document.
Users who have forgotten their username and/or password can use the following steps to access their accounts:
There are no costs, such as the purchase of bid documents, associated with TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) contracts. Where we act on behalf of partners, there may be a cost associated and this will be clearly set out in the advert and/ or bid documentation.
Queries and clarifications must be sent by email only to firstname.lastname@example.org. The advert and tender document/s will state the deadline after which queries will not be addressed.
The Procurement Page on the TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) website always has the most up-to-date information. In some cases, TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) will advertise changes, etc. in the same newspapers/ journals as the initial advert especially where the bidders are not known. So for example, TMEA will normally place on any questions raised and the response provided, without disclosing the originator of the question/s, on our website. Any extension to the tender submission deadlines will also be placed on the TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) website.
No. Where TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) is the procuring entity, all queries relating to a procurement process shall be directed to procurement unit via email@example.com.
Any comments or suggestions for alterations on conditions/ instructions to tenderers or the terms of reference in a tender process should be forwarded to TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) via the procurement mailbox firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration prior to the tender closing date.
No. In some cases, errors shall be corrected by the evaluation panel during evaluations.
No. TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) funds are untied meaning, all companies that meet the minimum tender requirements and eligibility are free to apply. However, the evaluation criteria may have preferential treatment in which case only bidders who sufficiently meet the overall criteria including the preferential treatment criteria shall be awarded the contract. TMEA’s preferential approach is mainly around gender, sustainability, green parameters or regional perspective.
Tenders received after the deadline shall be rejected and subsequently returned unopened.
TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) will notify all shortlisted bidders of the outcome of a tendering process giving reasons. It is important to note that at the Expression of Interest (for consultancy services including non-consultancy services) or pre-qualification (for works and goods) stage, TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) does not provide feedback to nonresponsive bidders. All awarded contracts for processes that were subject to the open competition are published on the Procurement Page of the TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) website once a contract is signed.
Yes. The evaluation/scoring criteria and matrix are part of the tender document.
All documents required to accompany the bids, shall be explicitly stipulated in the Instructions/information to Bidders (ITBs) in the tender documents. Failure to attach, include or disclose the relevant information may lead your bid being declared non- responsive and thus rejected.
The duration from tender advert to contract award ranges between 1 and 5months depending on the procurement process, scope, value and complexity; Process information is also available the CMS.
The costs shall all be converted to one unit currency for comparison purposes. Bidder is advised to bid in the currency requested in the tender document.
All proposals and supporting documents are to be submitted in English. There are instances where supporting documents and other literature may be in another language in which case such documents must be accompanied by translations to English, certified by a Commissioner of Oaths. For purposes of evaluation of the bid, the translation in English shall prevail.
Yes. Unsuccessful bidders are allowed 14 calendar days to ask questions and/or raise objections – any complaint that is upheld may lead to withdrawal of the bid award notification. TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) does not have any legal obligation on award of offers.
All queries and complaints should in the first instance be directed to email@example.com if you are still not satisfied, you may escalate your issue to firstname.lastname@example.org where it will be looked into independently. The complaints procedure is available on the Procurement Page on the TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) website. TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) allows a 14- day standstill period prior to award of a contract for any bidder to seek any clarification.
Yes. TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) retains information concerning the capabilities and experience of consultants/suppliers, which enable it to judge the acceptability of consultants who have been registered in the system. The provided information is used for the sole purpose of preparing short list for opportunities advertised and including consultants and/or suppliers in the financial system.
TMEA’s due diligence entails carrying out background and reference/ track record checks on any supplier who submits a bid.
If only one bid is received, TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) at its own discretion will determine whether requirements were clear and not ambiguous based on the clarifications received or not received. If that is the case, TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) will have no objection in declaring the bid as the most economically advantageous tender and award the contract to the bidder so long as it is found to be technically and commercially viable.In the event that TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) establishes that the requirements were too restrictive, unclear, ambiguous, bias and the clarifications put on the website did not address the issues, the process will be cancelled for the terms of reference/specifications to be revised and the process be re-launched.Furthermore, if several bids are received, but only one is fully technically compliant andresponsive, TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) will proceed to open its financial proposal and proceed to award the contract to that bidder.
Yes. However, cross bidding is not allowed, that is, a JV member cannot separately bid in the same process. In the unlikely event that this happens, both bids shall be rejected.
For JV or consortium or association submissions, all of the parties shall be jointly and severally liable at implementation when contracted.
TMEA defines sustainable procurement as a state where production, distribution, consumption/use and disposal of goods and services enhance long term benefits and survival of the society in which it operates in to improve economies and improve lives. The organization supports and recognizes that leadership in sustainable procurement can accelerate the transition to an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable future.
TMEA has various considerations towards sustainable procurement approaches which is unique to a procurement process and therefore contained in the specific tender document.
TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) contracts are awarded based on the most economically advantageous tender (MEAT), which means that Life cycle costing is given consideration.Life-cycle costing (LCC) means considering all the costs that will be incurred during the lifetime of the product, work or service:
By applying LCC, the procurement unit takes into account the costs of resource use, maintenance and disposal which are not reflected in the purchase price. Often this will lead to ‘win-win’ situations whereby a greener product, work or service is also cheaper overall. The main potential for savings over the life-cycle of a good, work or service are:
Different procurement sustainable approaches stated in a bid document seek to address specific areas that TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) and/or the partner would want addressed. A bidder may in addition to the approaches stated in the bid document propose other sustainable methodologies that may make them more competitive, which should include approaches on: –
Yes. This will be stated in the bid document.