NPM No. 054-2017
Requesting Entity: WESTPOINT ENGINEERING
Issues Concern: Accreditation as a Pre-requisite in Government Procurement
Whether accreditation by the Procuring Entity is a requisite to participate in Government Procurement opportunity.
Accreditation, or even a pre-qualification exercise, is not a requisite to participate in Government Procurement as it contravenes the very basic principles of competitive bidding. The pre-qualification regime or accreditation brings about a situation where only those who are pre-qualified or accredited will be allowed to bid, which is antithetical to the concept of competition, where all eligible market operators will be allowed to participate whether they have been pre-qualified/accredited or not, thereby opening the procurement opportunity to wider market participation to bring forth the best quality goods and services at the best price.