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BVIPA to issue contracts using new database, registration encouraged

BVIPA Project Manager Marquese Maduro

Months after central government created a database of contractors who would then be hired to carry out home repairs across the territory, the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) have employed a similar method to issue BVIPA-related contracts to businesses and individuals.

This method will be done through an initiative called the Contractor Registration Form whereby individuals will fill out and submit the form to be entered into the ports authority’s database. This database then qualifies them to be considered to win BVIPA contracts.

Project Manager of the BVIPA, Marquese Maduro, said the Contractor Registration Form initiative is not only for construction-related contracts.

“It (the initiative) is also for goods and services. So, for example, providing furniture, providing windows and doors … There are a variety of different things,” Maduro said.

He noted that the registration form has provisions for businesses or individuals who provide ‘speciality services’ such as plumbing, tiling, etcetera.

The BVIPA project manager further noted that persons must have a trade licence to register. And in outlining one of the reasons for the initiative, Maduro said: “Before, if we needed works done, we would go out [and procure persons] based on whether it be my knowledge [of them], the director’s knowledge, or maybe [based off] recommendations from the port”

“What we’ve found is that, over time, you would reuse contractors based on that familiarity … [But] you would always have persons come up to you and say ‘hey, I see you guys are doing this, I see you guys are doing that, you didn’t call me up and give me a job’,” he explained.

In the meantime, only printed forms are currently available for contractors to register. Those printed forms are located at the BVIPA offices in Port Purcell.

Maduro said the Ports Authority hopes to have forms available electronically in the near future.

“I’m hoping by next week at the latest, we’ll have it online where you can print it, and a little after that there’d probably be [an option] where you could fill it out online and submit it via email or print it and bring it in,” Maduro said.

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  1. Brilliant says:

    Great move!

    Good to see young people are being allowed to propose and implement sane ideas instead of perpetuating the idiocy of the status quo

  2. one word says:


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  3. Reasoning says:

    Welcome to Outta-de-box thinking and planning. Congrats Mr. Maduro.

    I am however looking forward to the day, time and centuary when Immigration and Labour “Get with de program” and first of all, be positioned under the same Ministry. To often it appears as if the Left hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing or did. Also, since Visas, and Work permits are now standard sources of revenue for central government, for God’s sake simplify and speed up the process of processing such applications. I have personally lost at least 3 days, as well as the persons I imported to work in rebuilding the country, traveling between Tortola and Virgin Gorda Simply get persons legally into the country to do meaningful work. If you are on one of the sister islands, it gets even more complicated

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  4. Blah says:

    Everyone is going to applaud it now until someone they don’t like gets a contracts. The pettiness will kill this poor little place.

  5. Citizen says:

    I have no problem with the BVIPA, however it is time for them to start maintaining their compound and get the place looking great again. Do you have a maintenance crew?

    • Truth says:

      The board of directors at BVIPA are a total waste of time. All talkers that are just there for the ride and to brag about being on a board. Nothing to offer that entity or the BVI on a whole. Its shameful.

  6. yes says:

    wasn’t this the same guy on facebook lobbying to close down another local food business? hmm

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