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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