Sudan - Country Commercial Guide
Selling to the Public Sector
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Information on government tenders can be found at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MOFEP) website.  MOEFP is the coordinating body with the relevant ministry issuing the tender.  All bids are directed through MOEFP.

The MOEFP website lists the following steps for submitting a bid:

  • Obtain the bid specification brochure by paying a non-refundable tender fee of 5000 Sudanese Pounds
  • Submit Commercial Registry or Business Name (professional registration)
  • Submit Certificate of Registration or Re-Registration with the House of Expertise Organizing Council
  • Submit Engineering Council registration certificates for technical personnel
  • Submit Tax Identification Number and stamp
  • Submit Curriculum Vitae
  • Submit financial ability certificate
  • Submit certificates of technical and practical experience and samples of similar executed works
  • Submit certificate of value-added registration
  • Submit proof that the bid contains all technical data and specifications
  • Submit any additional documents requested in the bid specifications

Bids are only accepted that meet the guidelines of the handbook issued by MOFEP.  Bids must be placed in two separate envelopes (Technical and Financial), sealed with red wax of three copies (original plus two copies) in the bid box at MOEFP (at the reception of the Finance Tower) to include the name and signature of the bidder.  Bid submission start and close dates will be specified in each individual tender.

The date that the bids will be unsealed will be specified in each individual tender.  Representatives of the bidder may attend the opening of the bids.  The bidder is obligated to keep his offer in effect for sixty (60) days from the date of submission.  The submitted bid must contain value added in Sudanese Pounds.  Any bid that does not meet the above general conditions will be excluded.

Selling to the Government

Potential Opportunities

Sudan’s infrastructure has suffered from years of sanctions and underinvestment.  The government has prioritized improving power generation and distribution, basic health services, potable water distribution, and upgrading major transportation arteries to Port Sudan and Kosti.

Competitiveness Factors

Successful bidders on government tenders will need to demonstrate a high value-value proposition, with training and after-sales services contingent upon the specific tender.  The procurement process is riddled with corruption.  Sudan has traditionally been ranked poorly in many indicators for transparency, corruption, and ease of doing business. 

Legal Requirements for Selling to the Host Government

Specific inquiries on local legal requirement can be directed to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning at:  However, prospective businesses are encouraged to hire a consultant with experience in Sudanese commercial law.  U.S. companies bidding on Government tenders may also qualify for U.S. Government advocacy. A unit of the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration, the Advocacy Center coordinates U.S. Government interagency advocacy efforts on behalf of U.S. exporters bidding on public sector contracts with international governments and government agencies.  The Advocacy Center works closely with our network of the U.S. Commercial Service worldwide and inter-agency partners to ensure that exporters of U.S. products and services have the best possible chance of winning government contracts.  Advocacy assistance can take many forms but often involves the U.S. Embassy or other U.S. Government agencies expressing support for the U.S. bidders directly to the foreign government.  Consult Advocacy Center for Foreign Government Contracts and for additional information.

Multilateral Development Banks (MDB): 

A helpful guide for working with the MDBs is the Guide to Doing Business with the Multilateral Development Banks.  The Commercial Service maintains Commercial Liaison Offices in each of the main Multilateral Development Banks, including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the African Development Bank, and the World Bank.  These institutions lend billions of dollars to developing countries on projects aimed at accelerating economic growth and social development by reducing poverty and inequality, improving health and education, and advancing infrastructure development.  The U.S. Commercial Service Liaison Offices in these banks help American businesses learn how to get involved in bank-funded projects and advocate on their behalf to win bids.  Learn more by contacting the Advocacy Liaison for World Bank or the Advocacy Liaison for African Development Bank.