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Nairobi News : December 4th 2013
16 Wednesday, Dec 4 - Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke Annie Njanja Biz news BAMBOO USE TAKES SHAPE IN BUILDING B amboo is emerging as a credible alternative to timber as forests diminish and demand for wood rises. Bamboo plantations can be harvested continuously for 40 years unlike trees. The canes are used worldwide and are known for strength as well as being 50 per cent cheaper. “Bamboo is a resource that grows very fast but is underutilised in Kenya,” says Polycarp Mboya, manager Kenya Bamboo Centre. “Therefore there is need to enlighten people about the benefits of embracing it.” Instead of harvesting trees for construction, organisations like Bamboo Centre and Kitil Farm are encouraging people to embrace bamboo planting to cut down on deforestation. Harvested bamboo is used to make furniture and handicrafts while the processed bamboo makes clothes and bamboo floor and roofing tiles. Besides, it is used as wall cover- ings, ceiling material, for cabinet making and decorations. Mature bamboos canes can stand at four to 12 metres high and a bush can grow up to 15 metres wide. Young canes are harvested for making furniture or handicrafts. Bamboo canes are also known to retain heat which is perfect for floor tiles and wall covering. They come in handy during cold seasons. Besides, the cane products are known for their beauty especially after polishing. Tips • Before using bamboo canes ensure that they are treated, this will protect them from insect infestation. • Spray with fire proof vanish to prevent the furniture or the house from catching fire. moneyspinner Terminal to ease traffic at airport ANNIE NJANJA, NairobiNews @njanjaannie email@example.com P resident Kenyatta yesterday presided over the groundbreak- ing ceremony for the construction of the Greenfield terminal next to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The project starts at a time another temporary terminal, partly financed by the African Development Bank, is in progress. The long-delayed launch comes in the wake of legal and political controversies that drew in ministers, former permanent secretaries, the Kenya Airports Authority board and Parliament, leading to delays in commencement of the construction. The project, expected to cost Youths at a past forum. The Government is providing opportunities in a bid to empower them financially. File, NairobiNews How to go about that State tender Equity.Women and youth have for long been sidelined in State contracts. But this appears likely to be resolved following a presidential decree. Here is how to get a contract B esides the laptop, the promise to empower youths, women and people with disabilities was the other memorable popular Jubilee manifesto selling point. The government said it would ensure youths got 30 per cent of the public procurement and the President has continuously encouraged young people to seek advice from State offices on how to benefit from the opportunity. The government is the biggest consumer guaranteeing plenty of opportunities for youths, women and people with disabilities. If the Government keeps the proc- ess of awarding tenders clean as it has promised, youths stand a chance of a lifetime. Here are steps on how to secure supplies opportunities with the government • Form a group and register an enterprise with the Registrar of Companies in Nairobi. You may do so as a sole trader, partnership, limited company or association. Ensure that at this point you have a KRA PIN number. The Registrar is at Sheria House, Harambee Avenue. • Get clearance from the Youth Bamboo products. File, NairobiNews Enterprise Fund (YEF) if you are a youth; Women Gender Directorate if a woman; and certification from National Council for Persons with Disability if you are a disabled. YEF offices are at the National Bank of Kenya building, Harambee Avenue 8th floor, Gender offices are at NSSF building and Disability at Mountain View estate. • Register the enterprise with the National Treasury in Nairobi or any County Treasury office. The Public Procurement Over- sight Authority (PPOA) shall publish the names of all registered groups on its website (www.ppoa.go.ke). • Visit any public office of the national or county governments anywhere in the country to seek procurement opportunities. Public offices may advertise procurement opportunities in their respective websites, notice boards or local dailies which may also be Useful tips • Always read through the bid documents carefully. Complete the document in full. • Ensure you meet all the requirements specified in time. •Do a proper cost analysis when calculating your bid prices. Bids calculated too high or too low are considered unresponsive. Annie Njanja How to published on the PPOA website . • Contact the PPOA for any clari- fications on matters arising out of your interactions with the public offices. At this point, you are not required to submit a tender security in order to participate in the procurement process but you need to sign a Tender Security Declaration Form provided in the tender documents which will bind you to perform the service if awarded the contract(s). Procurement If you fail to adhere to these terms, the procurement committee may revoke your application. Later, the PPOA publishes a list of successful groups for easy access by the State offices. In case you are disatisfied with the outcome of the procurement process, you may lodge your complaints with the Director General (PPOA), or file a review with the Secretary Public Procurement Administrative Review Board within 10 days on notification of contract award. You benefit from this scheme for a period of five years, renewable only once. The temporary international arrivals terminal at JKIA. File, NairobiNews Sh55.6 billion, probably financed with Chinese cash, will handle 27.5 million passengers annually. JKIA handles seven million passengers annually although it was built in 1975 to handle less than half that number. On completion, Greenfield termi- nal will comprise 50 international check-in counters, eight air bridges for aircraft to dock, 107 aircraft parking stands, 5,900 car park slots and a new runway. The project is expected to take four years. Anhui Construction Engineer- ing and China Aero-Technology International Company (Catic) of China are expected to carry out the construction of the project whose contract was disowned by former Transport minister Amos Kimunya and his PSs. Catic has been a longterm security contractor in Kenya.
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