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ABCK-AmCham Kuwait and the US Army Host a Two-Session Workshop

Kuwait: ABCK-AmCham Kuwait held a 2-session workshop on Procurement and Proposal Submission to the US Army with speakers from the US Air Force’s 386 TH ECONS, the Regional Procurement Center of the US Army – Kuwait (RCC-KU) and the Directorate of Public Works (DPW-N). The event began with a keynote address from AmCham Kuwait President Pete Swift, who welcomed and thanked attendees for taking the time to learn more about government business relations. US Federal.

Opening remarks were followed by the 386TH ECONS of the USAF who focused and covered topics such as the Government Acquisition Card (GPC) program, common items purchased through GPC, benefits of GPC, the pre-solicitation process, the solicitation process, proposal requirements, guidance for an excellent quote/proposal submission, award and post-award process, procurement opportunities and vehicles of construction contracts. He spoke about the GPC program as its mission is to streamline payment procedures and reduce the administrative burden associated with purchasing supplies and services. The GPC flight makes all purchases under US$35,000 (approximately 10,601.81 KWD) for supplies or services and is limited to US$2,000 for construction purchases. Buyers each receive a GPC credit card. The 386TH ECONS also talked about common items purchased through GPC: printers/toner, TVs/speakers, furniture (desks/chairs), small construction projects, building materials, light bulbs, and plumbing/HVAC supplies.

Afterwards, the presenters gave a detailed explanation about the advantages of GPC, such as instant payment, so that the seller receives the money on the spot. Shorter lead times are much faster to make a GPC purchase than to create or award a new contract. Faster solicitation process, faster product or item delivery and allows GPC Flight to go downtown to local vendors and purchase items directly.

Following the discussion, the 386TH ECONS presenters talked about the pre-solicitation process where the client develops a set of requirements that includes information on what needs to be purchased, quotes from various local vendors, and project financing. requirement. Next, the 386 ECONS will develop a solicitation package, which can be a request for quotation, a request for proposal or an invitation to tender, and then send a solicitation package to identified local suppliers who have been identified as capable of meeting the requirement. . The presenters mentioned the proposal requirements and tips for submitting the proposal.

To wrap up the first session, presenters from the 386th ECONS discussed the award and post-award process and highlighted procurement opportunities, construction procurement vehicles and procurement opportunities of construction.

For the second session, the U.S. Army Regional Contract Center – Kuwait (RCC-KU) and the Directorate of Public Works – North (DPW-N) informed the audience that the United States Government (USG) is seeking partners able to provide construction services. at facilities/facilities in Kuwait. The RCC-KU presenter then gave an in-depth presentation on Multi-Awarded Task Order Contracts (MATOC) and Indefinite Delivery and Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracting opportunities for the planned construction efforts in Kuwait. from 2022 to 2027. The presenter expanded on the definition of MATOC. and IDIQ and reviewed the various factors the US government would use to evaluate all submitted proposals, such as experience, management/technical approach, past performance, and financial capability.

The RCC-KU presenter also highlighted the prerequisites a vendor must meet to work with USG. Specifically, interested vendors should ensure that they are registered with the Award Management System (SAM) and the Joint Emergency Contracting System (JCCS). During selection for the MATOC, each winner will also be required to purchase Defense Base Act (DBA) insurance from an insurance provider approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, register with Procurement Integrated Enterprise Environment (PIEE), and enter employee data into synchronized pre-deployment. and operational monitoring (SPOT). The presentation ended with a question and answer session. Immediately afterwards, the selected construction companies were able to interact directly with RCC-KU representatives and showcase their capabilities and portfolios.

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