With the British Virgin Islands moving full speed ahead with reconstruction efforts following the 2017 disasters, the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) has noted a minuscule number of contractors submitting bids for certain specialised projects.
In light of this, the RDA organised a one-day procurement workshop to address the issue and to build capacity among local stakeholders.
“It is our hope that we exchange information … so that we can increase the level of interest and response to the advertisement for business opportunities,” said the RDA’s CEO, Paul Bayly.
He made the remarks at the The Moorings-Mariner Inn on Friday.
He explained that certain procurement notices have received good responses.
However, “in other places, there have been some disappointingly low levels of response”.
“So in part, we want to make you know what we are looking for and how we do business,” the RDA boss said.
Director of Projects Dr Drexel Glasgow who also delivered brief remarks said: “We feel that training is a key component to ensuring the proper development of this country.”
“One of the things that we key in and emphasise is we want to build capacity, and we don’t want to just prepare you for work in the BVI. We want you to be able to compete regionally, and I dare say internationally.”
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