The Ministry of Finance is appealing for more local contractors to participate in the various bidding processes for government contracts being issued under the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Loan programme.
The ministry made the appeal following a miserable local response to a request for consultancy services for government’s water system rehabilitation project.
Only a single contractor bid on the project, the government reported.
“It was a little disappointing that we had one submission,” said Deputy Financial Secretary, Alva McCall.
McCall said there are several other tendering processes to come and she hopes to see more locals respond this time ’round.
“Some of the projects are open for international tendering, so there is some level of competition. But, I think it would be beneficial to a lot of persons in the territory if they were to get involved in the process – whether individually or by joint venture – to be able to bid on some of these consultancies,” she said.
The water system rehabilitation project
Meanwhile, government’s water system rehabilitation project includes replacing reservoirs in a number of Tortola communities such as Carrot Bay, Long Bush, and Zion Hill.
The successful bidder for that project will further be required to supply, install, and replace water meters across sections of the territory.
“The project will also include assistance in auditing treated water transmission lines, distribution networks, storage structures, and other parts of the system from source to consumer,” government said in a media release this week.
Another poor response
Government had also requested consultancy services for yearly audits to be done on projects that will happen under the CDB’s rehabilitation and reconstruction loan.
That tendering process closed recently and also received a dismal response from local contractors, government said.
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