Access to Credit Facilities as a Major Factor Hindering Access to Public Procurement Contracts by Youth Entrepreneurs in Government Ministries in Ol Kalou Sub-County, KenyaJournal: International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) (Vol.3, No. 4)
Publication Date: 2014-04-15
Authors : Ezekiel Ngigi Kamau; Daniel Wanyoike; Benson Mwangi;
Page : 495-498
Keywords : Ol kalou; Access; Public Procurement; Youth; Credit Facilities;
Despite the various efforts put by the Kenyan Government to encourage youth participation in public procurement, very few youth-owned enterprises have been able to access public procurement opportunities. There has been no systematic attempt to look at public procurement from a youth angle inspite of its increasing recognition as a source of job creation, employment and economic dynamism in a rapidly globalizing world. The study sought to determine how access to credit facilities by youth entrepreneurs hinders their access to public procurement contracts. The researcher used descriptive research survey method. A population census of 25 youth-owned enterprises registered and operating within Ol kalou Sub-County was used. The research adopted an interview schedule and interviewed proprietors of the 25 youth-owned enterprises in the Sub-County. Data analysis was conducted through content analysis of the communication and views of the interviewees. Results revealed that access to credit was hindering access to public procurement contracts by youth-owned enterprises by denying them a level playing field in bidding for the contracts. The research recommends increasing access to credit to youth entrepreneurs to enable them access public procurement contracts.
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