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Circular Memorandums

Government of Samoa

Annual Procurement Plans

Pursuant to Cabinet directive referencing F.K.(12)29, Section K.2.2. Procurement Planning of the Treasury Instruction Section 6: Procurement & Contracting and it is mandatory for all Government Ministries and Public Bodies to prepare and submit completed Annual Procurement Plans to the Ministry of Finance.

The Annual Procurement Plan Template is to provide Government Ministries and Public Bodies with standardized documents to assist in fulfilling the requirement of procurement planning.

Download: Annual Procurement Plan Template

Calendar of Meetings

All Government Ministries and Public Bodies are hereby advised to observe the calendar of meetings attached Below of the Government Tenders Board for the financial year ending 30 June 2024.

To also note the Tenders Board Weekly Meetings will be held on Thursdays at 10.00am at the Tenders Board Conference Room, Level 6 CBS Building, unless any changes is conveyed and directed otherwise.

Download: Circular Memorandum GTB2023/2024-01

Closing and Opening of Tenders

To ensure there are no delays to the processing of tender submissions, all Ministries and Public Bodies are requested to plan their procurement of goods, works and services ahead to guarantee the following are observed and adhered to:

  1. Any invitations for tendering to be closed with the Government Tenders Board are closed on Mondays on or before 11.00am so that tenders are opened by the Board immediately after. For public holidays that fall on a Monday, Ministries and Public Bodies are advised to seek the assistance of the Secretariat for an appropriate date to close and open the tenders.
  2. Electronic submissions of tenders (IFB, IFT, ITQ, RFQ, RFP) through email are not permitted under the Treasury Instructions: Section 6 Part K and Government Procurement Guidelines for the purposes of confidentiality and security of tenders unless approved by the Tenders Board.
  3. A procuring entity (ministry/public body) is hereby strongly advised that it is prohibited to submit a tender on behalf of the bidder. It is the sole responsibility of a bidder to ensure its tender reached the designated location prior to the closing date and time.
  4. In the event a procuring entity wishes to extend the deadline of the closing date of a particular tender, the Tenders Board’s Secretariat must be informed accordingly through email. Additionally, an addendum must be issued to notify the interested bidders.
  5. A copy of the tender document for proposed tendered works, goods or services reviewed and cleared by the Office of the Attorney General must be submitted to the Tenders Board’s Secretariat for publication on the Ministry of Finance website, for preparation of tender boxes and for record keeping.

Evaluation Reports

Submission of Reports for Discussion

Ministries and Public Bodies are advised that Evaluation Reports/Submissions brought to the Tenders Board for its consideration are to reach the Secretariat no later than 2.00pm on the Wednesday of the week prior to a meeting day.

Report Format

The evaluation reports must be detailed and comprehensive to provide in depth knowledge to the Tenders Board for its review and consideration. It also must be signed by all members of the evaluation committee which consists of a chairperson (procuring entity), representative from the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure and a representative from the Office of the Attorney General. Technical assistance may be present to provide assistance as observers but not as evaluators.

Representation to the Board

The Chief Executive Officer together with technical personnel with special knowledge or expertise and vast understanding of the project or tendered works, goods and services must attend to present and explain the evaluation reports or variation reports to the Tenders Board and address any queries that may arise as per FK (17)06 dated 01 March 2017.

Progress Reports

Pursuant to section C.1.5.1. Annual Planning of the Procurement Operating Manual 2020, Government Ministries and Public Bodies as ‘Procuring Entities’ are required to prepare and submit to the Ministry of Finance Procurement Division Quarterly Progress Reports which must include the following as a minimum:

  1. A comparison of the annual procurement plan targets with progress;
  2. A comparison of actual and planned days for procurement time, contract execution time, and post contract execution obligations (e.g. defect liability period and payment of the retention monies) and total time in calendar days)

In light of the above, all Procuring Entities whose projects/procurements have been endorsed by the Tenders Board/Cabinet are required and directed as follows:

  1. To submit Procurement Progress Reports of all active and current projects/procurement undertaken by each respective Procuring Entity as at 30th June 2023 to the Ministry of Finance for the Tenders Board information by Thursday, 31st August 2023 at 4.00pm.
  2. To continue to provide Quarterly Procurement Progress Reports of each current project/procurement for the Tenders Board record and information by the first week of the month after the quarter.


All procuring entities (line ministries and public bodies) are obligated to submit copies of contracts (signed) for publication of tender award results on the Ministry of Finance website as per the usual requirement and for transparency purposes