The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) is established under the Petroleum Exploration Development and Production Act of 2013 (The Act) to monitor and regulate oil and gas activities in the country. The Act requires the PAU to, among other things, establish and publish a central data base of persons involved in petroleum activities in Uganda and prohibits any entity from providing goods, works or services for oil and gas activities unless they are registered on the database.

The National Suppliers’ Database (NSD) is an online web-based platform that supports regulation of the procurement of goods and services in the oil and gas sector.

The National Supplier Database application window is open throughout the year. Once an entity has been qualified, their details automatically appear on the NSD and their registration shall remain valid for a period of three (3) years from the date of qualification, and thereafter the entity may reapply to be included on the NSD. Entities and individuals that are already on the 2020 NSD need not to reapply for the 2021 since their registration shall still be valid for three years from the date of their qualification. Entities and individuals already qualified, are encouraged to access the National Supplier Database to update their information and records in case of any changes.

The PAU will continue the process of updating the NSD 2021 by inviting applications for qualification to the National Supplier Database for the oil and gas. Applicants are required to provide the information categorized below;

Companies and other registered entities;
a) Proof of legal status and legal name: submission of an authentic and valid certificate of Incorporation and /or registration.
b) Submission of authentic, valid and up to date shareholding and management of the company or entity.
c) Good market conduct for example there should be no reported cases of black listing of the company applying for registration.
d) Good liquidity status
e) Compliance with tax and social security requirements
f) Valid Bankers reference.

Individual consultants;
a) Proof of nationality, tax registration and expertise
b) A valid National Identification Card or a Bio Page of a valid Passport for Ugandan Citizens
c) A valid alien identification card or a Bio Page of a valid Passport for non-Ugandans.
d) Industry accreditation certificates if any.

The Authority undertakes verification and evaluation of the applications received especially by seeking authenticity of the information submitted. The Authority is working with the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB), the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) in verifying applicants registered in Uganda and with Uganda’s embassies abroad and missions accredited to Uganda for the applicants registered outside Uganda. It takes at most two (2) months from the date of application to verify and qualify an application.
The Petroleum Authority of Uganda is therefore delighted to announce today the NSD 2021 comprising of one thousand nine hundred sixty-seven (1,967) successfully verified and qualified persons and entities, of these one thousand three hundred twenty-nine (1,329) are entities registered in Uganda while five hundred eighty-two (582) are entities registered in fifty three(53) countries outside Uganda and fifty-six (56) are individuals Verification of the other entities which applied is still ongoing and the register will continue to be updated. The list of qualified entities is accessible on the PAU website:

NSD Qualification trend since its first launch in 2017

It is important to note that registration on the NSD does not waive the requirements for the qualified entity or person to participate in the tendering processes for the provision of goods, works and services in the oil and gas industry and is not a guarantee for award of any contract.

The NSD provides an opportunity for a transparent and standardized procurement cycle which will in turn lead to increased competition and efficiency in the supply chain. It is also a very strong tool for facilitating national participation in the country’s oil and gas sector by enhancing the visibility of the Ugandan companies which have the potential to offer goods and services in the oil and gas sector whether individually or in partnership. The NSD also facilitates enterprise capacity building as shown in Figure 1.

The PAU would like to thank all the entities who responded to the invitation by applying in time and especially those who submitted all the information as requested for in the invitation. The Authority would also like to thank the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government together with the foreign missions accredited to Uganda, which have, and continue to work with the PAU in the evaluation and verification of the applications.

The PAU looks forward to continued support from all stakeholders in 2021.

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