Swiss Firm Appeals Kebs Tender Results

A Swiss security printing firm wants the Public Procurement tribunal to overturn its disqualification from a multi-million shilling tender for the supply of quality marks to the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs).

The Kenya Bureau of Standards headquarters in Nairobi. Photo/FILE

SICPA, through its local subsidiary, has challenged its elimination from the tender at the technical evaluation stage last month and now wants the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board (PPARB) to order an evaluation of its tender documents in comparison with the criteria set out by Kebs.

Kebs knocked out SIPCA from the tender on grounds that its bid did not meet the standard set out in the requirements. SICPA now says Kebs did not give reasons for its elimination despite requesting for results of the technical evaluation stage.

“SICPA requests the review board for orders compelling Kebs to evaluate its proposal as per the criteria set out in the tender document and to substantiate any given reasons as to why SICPA’s technical proposal did not meet the minimum mark specified,” SICPA says.

Kebs intends to use the marks to curb counterfeit products in the Kenyan market. The marks described in the tender documents can be traced, a move that will help the agency to keep track of products that have been cleared for consumption.

SICPA says that it has won tenders in countries whose evaluation criteria was more rigorous than the Kebs marks.

– Business Daily