Sudan - Country Commercial Guide
Selling to the Public Sector

Describes how major projects are secured and financed. Explains activities of the multilateral development banks in and other aid-funded projects.

Last published date: 2021-02-13

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.
  • The bid submission must contain the following documents:
  • Commercial Registry or Business Name (professional registration)
  • Certificate of Registration or Re-Registration with the House of Expertise Organizing Council
  • Engineering Council registration certificates for technical personnel
  • Tax Identification Number and stamp.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Financial ability certificate.
  • Certificates of technical and practical experience and samples of similar executed works.
  • Certificate of value-added registration.
  • Proof that the bid contains all technical data and specifications.
  • Any additional documents requested in the bid specifications.

Bids are only accepted that meet the guidelines of the handbook issued by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.

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 the reception of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (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.

Note: Bid brochures can be obtained at the office of the Purchasing and Contracting Unit of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning on the Fifth Floor of the Finance Tower upon presenting a receipt indicating proof of payment of the 5000 Sudanese Pound tender fee. 

Selling to the Government

Potential opportunities:

Sudan’s infrastructure has suffered from years of sanctions and underinvestment.  The CLTG 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 procurement will need to demonstrate a high value-value proposition, with training and after-sales services contingent upon the specific tender.  Potential bidders should be aware that the CLTG is working to revamp the procurement process which, it has been alleged, was riddled with corruption.  Sudan has traditionally been ranked poorly in many of the leading indicators for transparency, corruption, and ease of doing business.  Sudan’s ranking dropped from 162 (2019) to 171 out of 190 countries in the 2020 World Bank-International Financial Corporation’s “Doing Business Report – Ease of Doing Business.”  It is ranked 173 of 180 countries on Transparency International’s 2019 Corruptions Perception Index, tied with Afghanistan and Venezuela. 

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:

http://mof.gov.sd

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.

 

Mulitlateral 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.