Local contractors and service providers have been told to legitimise their businesses so they can benefit fully from the myriad of projects that will take place during the next few years.
That statement came from Clarence Faulker, the Deputy Chairman of the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA), whose five-year mandate will be to execute the territory’s recovery and development plan.
“One of the challenges we’ve recognized that is a lot of small businesses simply show up and say we would like work or we would like a contract but the business is not necessarily a business. It is just somebody just trying something,” he said.
“What it creates is a false impression that you have a legitimate business that you want to be recognized for but when you are then put to the test we realize it is not.”
He said it is critical for even small businesses to go through the channels that would make their businesses legitimate.
“Don’t run your business from your pocket. Become an employee of your business,” he reasoned.
“We need to demonstrate to the international community that we are serious about recovery by demonstrating that the people that we are entrusting to execute the work operate at the highest standards.”
Faulkner said it would benefit all parties concerned if contractors and service providers accept his advice.
“Tell us what you need to help you to rise because the opportunity is there. We have fought long and hard to make sure that the persons in the territory benefit from the process but it makes no sense if we are going to all that process and you do not step up to the plate to be able to be awarded those bids. Put your house in order if it is not already.”
He said there will be a database of all the contractors and service providers that participate in contract bidding so the process for future projects is made easier.
According to Premier Dr D Orlando Smith, it will take billions to restore the territory to its pre-hurricane condition.
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