How to Participate in Government Tender or bid in Ethiopia: Regulations and Procedures

Tender or bid in Ethiopia is something the majority of businesses would like to participate because the biggest buyer in Ethiopia is the government and the various governmental ministries, authorities, offices, public enterprises, corporations, etc are required to buy through tender. The type of tender they're required to float differs depending on the amount of money involved; one can check this at www.mofed.gov.et. 2merkato posts tenders/bids in Ethiopia from all newspapers, from all regions, direct postings by organizations, exclusive postings, etc; local and international tenders/bids are updated daily.

Domestic bidders are required to submit these along with the bid documents:

  • Certificate confirming that they are registered in the suppliers list (issued by the Ministry of Finance & Economic Development) - usually called the 'yellow paper';
  • A Tax Clearance Certificate issued by the tax authority and appropriate renewed business license;
  • Value Added Tax Registration Certificate (sometimes your line of business such as Pharmaceutical Business may not require VAT registration);

And sometimes foreign bidders are required to submit as appropriate:

  • Business organization Registration Certificate or Trade License issued by the country of establishment. One can further visit www.mofed.gov.et.

Foreign bidders may check our article on Ethiopia Tender guideline to a foreign company. 

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