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Bereket further argues that currently, the nation’s electricity generation capacity is at 4300MW and due to very poor power transmission lines and substations almost 30 percent of the generated power is wasted. “This means that we are losing more 1000MW of electricity every time and on the other hand, the nation is still investing billions of dollars to construct new power plants. This is really depressing. Yet again, we keep depending on foreign companies for new facilities,” he elaborated.
According to a study prepared by the association, among other factors, tender requirements, bundling of electromechanical work purchases with civil works, engineering services with material supply, contract conditions, project follow ups and monitoring incapability of employers, minimal collaboration among sector operators and lack of finance are responsible for the diminishing subsector.
Yeneneh chooses to focus on what he says is a systematic alienation from contracts mainly by government institutions floating the so the called “international tenders”. In this regard, the steep and stringent contract requirements such as high turnover, bid securities and project execution are some of the factors pushing away local contractors, the further study details. “When you really see the contract requirements such as a USD 500,000 bid bond and a USD 100,000 million turnovers, you know that there is no intention to really encourage the participation of local firms,” Yeneneh stated.
Although the overall legal framework says that preferential treatment is to be afforded to local firms, he continues to explain, the nuts and bolts of the contract management favors foreign companies. “It is obvious that these contract requirements are tailored to foreign firms in most cases,” he lamented.
Ferehiwot W/hana (PhD), state minister of MoWIE, rejects the notion of systematic alienation of local firms form electromechanical contracts. “These requirements are there to guarantee performance (it is a performance security). At face value, I see no reason why these requirements will be crafted to alienate local firms. It is a good guarantee for the local firms too,” he told The Reporter via a phone interview. “And I believe sometimes, the requirements are necessitated by the projects and the scale of operation,” he added.