Africa's Public Procurement & Entrepreneurship Research Initiative – APPERI



Ethiopia: High Court Suspends U.S.$34.3 Million Bid Outcome


November 9, 2015

By  Dawit Endeshaw

Yet another bidding process in dispute; this time over PPPDS’ handling of tender process.

A 34.3 million dollar technology contract between the Public Procurement & Property Disposal Service (PPPDS) on behalf of the Information Network Security Agency (INSA) and a US company, has been suspended by a Federal High Court order following a complaint by a Chinese company that was bidding for the contract.PPPDS was handling the tender process for INSA, which wanted to procure Digital Video Broadcasting Second Generation Terrestrial (DVB-T2) Network Rollout solutions. There was a minimum precondition for bidders that the purchase should be on a vendor financing basis, where competent bidders would bring partners who would facilitate the credit service with a minimum repayment schedule of 10 years.

The overall purchase was divided in two lots; for the procurement of system, subsystem, equipment & goods and the remaining and, for the supply of signal measurement & monitoring systems. Nine bidders came forward in June 2015, four of which made it through the technical evaluation. Three of them offered for Lot One, consisting of installing the infrastructure that would serve the implementation of the system, and one bid for Lot Two to supply the measurement & monitoring systems. The sole bidder for Lot Two, Giga Communication Ltd. from the UK, got its contract worth 214.7 million Br uncontested. However, the award of the contract for Lot One to GatesAir, an American company known for its work on over-the-air analog and digital radio/TV stations and networks worldwide, which was said to have offered the lowest price of 34.3 million dollars, was not pleasing to Star Software Technology, a Chinese company, which took its case to court.

In its civil suit filed at the Federal High Court’s First Civil Bench, Star Software Technology claimed that it had offered the lowest price and proposed competitive terms of repayment. The Bench then suspended the contract from November 5, 2015, coinciding with the scheduled contract signing, until December 1, 2015.

The claim by the Chinese company mainly revolved around the loan and its respective offer, said Yigezu Daba, director general of PPPDS, while declining to discuss the issue further, saying it is now up to the court.

Lot Two bidder, Giga, is a subsidiary of Ultra Electronics Group, which boasts of “a portfolio of specialist capabilities, generating highly-differentiated solutions and products in the defence and aerospace, security and cyber, transport and energy markets, by applying electronic and software technologies in demanding and critical environments to meet customer needs.” Its clientele includes such media institutions as BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera, according to its website.

The procurement was meant to transform the current analog based television broadcasting systems into digital systems. The purchase was intended to be made while attached with credit schemes where each bidders was obliged to come up with a third party that would facilitate a loan for the purchase.

Established under a mandate of strategic and framework purchase, the service in the past four months has conducted three billion Br worth of purchases. From this, one billion Br was dedicated to the purchase of wheat, 873 million Br for construction and 935.6 million Br for the purchase of iron bars.

Public Works as a Safety Net: Design, Evidence, and Implementation

World Bank



Public Works as a Safety Net: Design, Evidence, and Implementation reviews the conceptual underpinnings and operational elements of public works programs around the world. Drawing from a rich evidence base including program documentation, policy papers, peer-reviewed publications, and empirical data from over 40 countries, it provides an overview of the state of public works programs and how they function as part of wider social protection systems.

The book provides a comprehensive analysis of the design features and alternative models of public works implemented under diverse country settings. Topics covered include program objectives, institutional and financing arrangements, targeting, costs and benefits, gender considerations, and monitoring and evaluation. Political economy issues that inform the development and effectiveness of public works programs are also addressed, bringing into focus the centrality of governance and transparency to ensure the achievement of program outcomes.

The comprehensive nature of the review, and its thorough analysis of available data, fills a gap in knowledge related to public works program design and implementation. The book should benefit both policy makers and practitioners involved in public works planning. It will also help inform future efforts to incorporate public works as an important tool of integrated national social protection systems, that will help respond to unpredictable global shocks leading to sudden declines in employment, whether seasonal or systemic. Download the report here.

NASA Solicitation: Expansion of the SEVIR System in East Africa

Synopsis – Feb 21, 2012

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNM12424492R
Posted Date: Feb 21, 2012
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Feb 21, 2012
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Mar 07, 2012
Current Response Date: Mar 07, 2012
Classification Code: F — Natural resources and conservation services
NAICS Code: 541370

Contracting Office Address

NASA/George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, Procurement Office, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812


NASA/MSFC has a requirement for ongoing work and implementation of the (United States Agency for International Development) USAID SERVIR FY12-13 Work Plan. Additionally, this procurement is in response to a request from the USAID to perform Land Use Land Use Change Forest (LULUCF) mapping which will be a major input to the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories in six South African Development Community countries.

NASA/MSFC intends to purchase the items from the Regional Center for the Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) in Nairobi, Kenya. Competition is impractical for the following reasons:

1. RCMRD assumed the role of the host institution of SERVIR-Africa in 2008 and began establishing the framework for management and utilization of SERVIR-related environmental information. Since that time, as the implementing arm of SERVIR-Africa, RCMRD has made significant progress in strengthening regional and national capacity to better take advantage of SERVIR, and in improving the technical infrastructure to manage environmental data and information generated through the SERVIR system Funding was provided to NASA from USAID under a Participating Agency Program Agreement (PAPA). USAID approved RCMRD for hosting and operating the SERVIR-Africa system, and supports continuation of RCMRD’s engagement.

2. This procurement is a follow-on for continuation of activities implemented under the existing RCMRD contract which has been the implementing arm of SERVIR-Africa.

3. USAID has already made a significant investment in the infrastructure at RCMRD with the installation of USAID funded equipment (hardware and software) to build capacity to satisfy the technical requirements.

4. USAID in concert with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat and collaborating partners has specifically requested that RCMRD, under the auspices of SERVIR-Africa, be an implementer in the development of Sustainable National GHG Inventory Management Systems in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) region, a major undertaking to address challenges in development of quality and sustainable national GHG Inventory Management System in the ESA region.

5. SERVIR is a high-visibility project at NASA/MSFC, NASA/HQ and USAID. It is also a model implementation of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems–a multinational effort to build an earth observation system. This level of visibility further supports the need to continue engaging an institution such as RCMRD that is well recognized in the geospatial community.

The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12.

Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. central time on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretion of the government.

Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice.

All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency.

NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The installation Ombudsman is:

Robin N. Henderson NASA/MSFC Building 4200, Room 918A Telephone: 256-544-1919 FAX: 256-544-7920 E-Mail:

Point of Contact

Name: Iris Walter
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: 256-961-7054
Fax: 256-961-7148

Name: Melinda E. Dodson
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 256-961-7454
Fax: 256-961-7524

South Africa: Texan contractor to construct tetramerisation plant

Engineering News

October 21, 2011

Texas-based engineering, procurement and construction management company S&B Engineers & Constructors has been awarded a contract by South African energy and chemicals group Sasol to construct its ethylene tetramerisation plant at Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The plant will use Sasol’s proprietary technology to convert ethylene to 1-octene and 1-hexene. This unique process was developed in Sasol’s South Africa-based research and development laboratories, and selectively produces alpha olefins required for the high-growth polymer markets.

Engineers and scientists from Sasol North America worked with an international team to design the unit, which will use the new technology on an industrial manufacturing scale.

“We are committed to providing Sasol and the local community with a safe working environment and a world-class project,” says S&B Engineers & Constructors presidentJames Slaughter Jr.

Sasol senior group executive for operations André de Ruyter reports that the project is targeted for start-up in mid-2013, and will produce 100 000 t/y of combined 1-octene and 1-hexene.

With current production of over 350 000 t/y, Sasol is a major producer of comonomer range alpha olefins. The higher olefins 1-octene and 1-hexene are used as comonomers in the manufacture of linear low-density polyethylene, high-density poly- ethylene and elastomers.

Further, the products impart elasticity and strength to plastic used in consumer products such as food packaging, bags, toys, automotive interiors and power cable coatings.

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