With a number of recovery projects slated for the sister islands, the Recovery & Development Agency (RDA) is hoping to award those jobs to companies with ties to those islands.
“What we are trying to do is spend money where we are doing the work. So if we have projects on Virgin Gorda … What we really want to do is get, if we can, Virgin Gorda companies to bid for it (contracts) so we can spend the money in Virgin Gorda with Virgin Gorda companies. It’s the same with Jost Van Dyke and Anegada,” Chief Executive Officer of the RDA Paul Bayly told BVI News.
He made the comment while noting that an increasing number of local contractors are gaining interest in his organisation’s procurement workshops aimed at facilitating capacity building in the territory.
He said 26 contracting firms have already confirmed their attendance to the next workshop on Virgin Gorda on Thursday. The island has three projects ongoing or ready to begin – repair’s to the police barracks, repairs to the basketball courts, and repairs to The Baths.
Bayly also stressed the importance of the agency spending money locally and said one of the main purposes of the procurement workshop is to encourage more local persons to come forward and bid.
“By doing that, we will build capacity right across the BVI and we’re very concerned about that because it’s not just the big companies we want to look after, it’s actually the really small companies that we want to grow over the next few years and that’s about the future of the BVI.”
Meanwhile, Thursday’s is set to run from 9 am to 2 pm at the Village Café.
The RDA’s Head of Communications Colene Penn also revealed a second event, which is set to follow Thursday’s workshop.
“At 2:30 pm we are having a Bidder’s Conference for one of the homes we are going to repair in Virgin Gorda. That home was damaged due to hurricane Irma and this is RDA helping to build back to repair and fix the economy and fix the infrastructure that has been damaged and to make sure that persons not only in Tortola but all through the territory benefit from what we are doing to help rebuild the territory,” Penn stated.
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