The General Confederation of Enterprises of Côte d’Ivoire (CGECI) in collaboration with the national authority of public markets Regulation (ANRMP), and the public procurement Directorate held this Tuesday, May 19st , in the House of the company to the Plateau (Abidjan), a press conference on a training in SMEs, regarding public procurement procedures.
Initiated by the Service Department to value added (SVA) of the CGECI, this press conference has been co-hosted by M Kongo KOUADIO, Vice-president of CGECI, Mr. Lakoun OUATTARA, CGECI, Mr. Paulin KONAN DG, Deputy Secretary General of the ANRMP, and Mr. Paul BROU, Deputy Director of the training and Assistance to the general public procurement Directorate (DMP).
According to the Vice-Chairman of the CGECI, Mr. KOUADIO, CGECI which has 1500 members with a turnover of 14 000 billion CFA FRANCS and participate in 80% of tax revenues, has representation from 55% of SMBS in his breast. « It is important to think about this population, to think about their training to enable them to be more competitive, » he added. For the CGECI, training and especially the development of SMEs in Côte d’Ivoire is the priority. He also thanked the Ivorian Government which contributes to the modernization of companies.
The Manager of CGECI, Mr. OUATTARA was to him explained the objective of the partnership between these three structures. This is to improve the level of SMEs so that they reach a level that can facilitate their access to public procurement.
BROU of the ANRMP has for its part, present the opportunities offered by this training, which starts from beginning of June, for SMEs to participate. With a duration of 12 months with 13 modules, its characteristic lies in training programs that will take place by weekly meetings held by experts on procurement of the DMP and the ANRMP. It thus includes modules on the drafting of the technical and financial offers accompanied by case studies.
The partnership between the GECCI and the ANRMP started two years ago, is not his first training. Training was already held in 2013, where 59 companies were formed. CGECI through these training for SMEs, aims to improve their skills, their productivities relativities, as well as their competitiveness. It aims to reduce the high number of releases of records for non-compliance to the rules of responses.
The Ivorian Government has made great efforts in the implementation of transparent tender procedures whose rates increased from 50% in 2009 to more than 61% with more than 602 billion CFA francs in 2014. The three key procurement issues remain access to information; the high number of companies whose response to invitations to tender records are rejected for non-compliance with the rules of response, and the time of payment of these contracts with the State. A budget of 585 billion CFA FRANCS is reserved for SMEs by the State, with 30% to public procurement procedures, means.