You will no longer have to involve extreme manual work to apply for tenders thanks to Kenyan IT Start-up, M-Tenders System, East Africa’s first live online procurement system. www.m-tenders.com seeks to fully automate the tendering processes for all private and public companies operating in the region.
The development of the online tender application system gives a chance to thousands of entrepreneurs and companies that have previously been locked out of traditional tendering processes. Also, the tedious manual work and inaccessibility to many will be controlled by the new system.
Highlighting on the system’s convenience, M-Tenders System’s developer and co-founder Mr. Dennis Rwito said “IT solutions are available and a potential supplier should be able to apply for a tender from as remote as Mandera as long as they have internet access and not incur costs of travel. And as such we are proud to be able to launch this innovative system. Gone are the days when someone had to travel all the way to Nairobi or other urban centres to drop tender documents in boxes. It is archaic and should not be the norm in this 21st century.”
Amid digitization of services in the country and benefits that come with the digital era, procurement processes have continued to lag behind because the tendering processes in most of these companies comprise complex paper work which discourages many potential applicants barred by limited time and manpower resources.
How it all started
Mr. Rwito, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems & Technology, Computer Applications major from United State International University, observes that the new system was as result of a three months long research he has been conducting on best ways to ensure transparency and accountability in procurement processes for both private and public organization.
“I have in numerous occasions tendered for services and never known whether my applications were received or why they were rejected,” explained Mr. Rwito adding on that www.m-tenders.com will tell how many companies have been shortlisted for each service enlisted by the company owning the tender.
Apart from eliminating the huge paper work that characterize tendering process, the m-tenders.com system will also allow firms to pay the tender application fees via online payment platform that include Mpesa, VISA, Paypal, MasterCard and other payment modes.
“Over one hundred private companies have applied to use the system in tendering while about fifty others have registered as suppliers. Our first client has so far received over 200 applications through the system two weeks ahead the tender closing date,” said Ndung’u.
All tendering companies can post their tender forms on www.m-tenders.com system by first creating an account on the website or can contact the M-Tenders System team for guidance.
“We currently have more than 45 tender categories ranging from the supply of Public Relations, legal and advertising services, supply of furniture, Motorcycles, Provision of car hire services, General building contractors & renovators and many more which suppliers can visit the website and apply for,” explained Rwito