Officials in conduct of the $65 million rehabilitation and reconstruction loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have earmarked more than $8 million of that loan for consultancy services, so far.
The Projects Unit of the Ministry of Finance — the body currently in control of the loan funds — has plans for some 18 consultancies to get a share of the $8,102,000 consultancy budget.
The ministry’s January progress report on the loan indicates that six of the 18 consultancies already have been signed, four are pending signature, and the remaining eight are still in the tendering phase.
According to the report — which was done in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme — the six contracts signed so far amount to $2,528,127 and include consultancy services for the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) building and other government buildings, DDM equipment, psychosocial support training for local healthcare workers, procuring Information & Communication Technology (ICT) for local policing, and for consultancy services on what was only described as ‘IST’.
Meanwhile, the pending contracts all amount to $1,424,683 and are for a ‘water consultant’ and project engineer, financial audit services, and consultancy services on roads, slopes and coastal defences.
The consultancy services that are still in the tendering phase have a total projected cost of $2.4 million and are earmarked for a school redevelopment consultant for the Eslyn Henley Richiez Learning Centre, a recreational facilities consultant, and a procurement specialist. Tendering is also ongoing for construction management services for Bregado Flax Educational Centre, consultancies for the restoration of the West End Ferry Terminal, and for ICTs for schools, government offices, and courts.
$4.5 million budget for goods
Projects Unit, in the meantime, has budgeted another $4,569,000 of the said loan on 25 purchase contracts for goods, vehicles, equipment, generators, school supplies and furniture, ICTs, among other things.
Seven of those 25 contracts have already been signed at a combined total of $420,236.
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