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Basic Needs Trust Fund pre-qualification of contractors – Dominica News Online

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GOVERNMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF DOMINICA

MINISTRY OF ECCLESIASTICAL AFFAIRS, FAMILY AND GENDER AFFAIRS

 Pre-qualification of Contractors

  1. The Government of Commonwealth of Dominica (GOCD) has secured a Grant from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) towards the cost of the implementation of the Ninth Basic Needs Trust Fund Programme (BNTF 9) and now intends to apply part of the funds to cover eligible payments arising out of a number of sub-projects in Education, Human Resource Development, Water and Sanitation Services and Basic Community Access and Drainage to be implemented in 2017 and 2020. Payment by CDB will be made only at the request of GOCD and upon approval by CDB, and will be subject, in all respects, to the terms and conditions of the Grant Agreement.  The Grant Agreement prohibits a withdrawal from the Grant Account for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities, or for any import of goods, if such payment or import, to the knowledge of CDB, is prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations.  No party other than GOCD shall derive any rights from the Grant Agreement or have any claim to the proceeds of the Grant.
  2. The sub-projects to be financed include the following

Access Road or Footpaths:

Education

  • Morne Prosper Primary School Security and Sports Facility Upgrade
  • CBSS Production Facility
  • Dominica Community High School Extention
  • Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities Development Centre
  • Woodford hill Playing Field Upgrade

 Water and Sanitation Services

  • Morne Prosper Water Supply
  1. The sub-projects are being implemented by the Ministry of Ecclesiastical, Family and Gender Affairs through the Basic Needs Trust Fund Office.
  2. Eligible contractors interested in submitting Bids for any of the above works are invited to submit three (3) copies of Prequalification information to the following address no later than 3:00pm on Friday 2nd August, 2019.

The Project Manager

Basic Needs Trust Fund

P.O. Box 869

21 Kennedy Avenue

Roseau, Dominica

Tel: (767) 448-4762; 266-3048

  1. The Prequalification information must be submitted on Standard Forms: Qualification Information which can be obtained at:

 Basic Needs Trust Fund

P.O. Box 869

21 Kennedy Avenue

Roseau, Dominica:

Email: bntf@dominica.gov.dm

  1. Consideration of eligibility will be limited to firms or joint ventures of firms which are legally incorporated or otherwise organised in, and have their principal place of business in an eligible member country of CDB and are either:
  • More than 50% beneficially-owned by a citizen or citizens and/or a bona fide resident or residents of an eligible country or countries, or by a body corporate or bodies corporate meeting these requirements; or
  • Owned or controlled by the government of an eligible country provided that it is legally and financially autonomous and operated under the commercial law of an eligible country and otherwise meets the eligibility requirements of the CDB Guidelines for Procurement.
  1. The requirements for qualification must include evidence of:
  • An average annual turnover (defined as billing for works in progress and completed)

over the last five years of US$250,000.00 or equivalent.

  • Demonstrable cash flow including access to credit as follows:
    1. Large              US$60,000.00
    2. Medium US$40,000.00
    3. Small US$20,000.00
  • Experience as a prime contractor in the construction of at least two assignments of a nature and complexity comparable to the proposed project activity within the last ten years (to comply with this requirement, works quoted should be at least 80 percent complete) for each Contract;
  • Project Management Team or key personnel with five (5) years’ experience; three (3) years of which have been spent in works of an equivalent nature and scope, including not less than two (2) years as a Manager, for each Package; and
  1. Eligible contractors are required to submit full qualification information outlining: (1) their experience and record on similar projects, (2) financial capacity, (3) qualifications and experience of supervising personnel, (4) equipment capabilities and details of any ongoing projects in which they may be presently involved.
  2. Qualification information is to be submitted in the English language and presented on the prescribed forms. Submissions which do not provide the information required, or do not demonstrate the prospective contractor’s ability to perform satisfactorily, will not qualify and will not be considered for further evaluation.
  3. Submissions failing to comply with any of the submission requirements will not be accepted.
  4. GOCD reserves the right to accept or reject late applications or to cancel the prequalification process. GOCD will not be bound to assign any reason for not pre-qualifying any applicant and will not defray costs incurred by applicants in the preparation and submission of the pre-qualification documents.





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Saint Jean bashes Linton for taking salute at youth rally

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Lennox Linton Leader of the opposition saluting the students in place of the Prime Minister

The Minister for of Education and Human Resource Development, Petter Saint Jean, finally broke his silence on the decision by students to march in defiance of instructions by Education Officials to call off the march past at the national youth parade and the Leader of the Opposition’s response to that decision.

 The organizers cancelled the parade due to inclement weather but the students rejected that decision and proceeded to march in the absence of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit who had already left the venue.

With the prime minister being absent, Opposition Leader Lennox Linton, who was positioned in front of the stage, took the salute from the marching students.

“All sober and right-thinking Dominicans must have been appalled, annoyed and disgusted,” Saint Jean commented, in response, in a recent statement which appeared on social media.

He said the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) has always given utmost priority to the safety and security of the nation’s youth.

“Friday, November 1st, the meteorological services reported unstable weather conditions with scattered showers and possible isolated thunderstorms,” the Education Minister stated. “The Windsor Park Stadium grounds were waterlogged; there were light showers and the conditions appeared threatening.”

According to Saint-Jean, the ministry decided in the interest of the students and their teachers, to cancel the march-past.

“There was defiance by some students, reportedly encouraged by some including senior officials within the Ministry of Education and Lennox Linton, the Leader of the Opposition,” he remarked.

St. Jean accused Linton of breaking “all norms, protocol, decency, and respect for authority when he proceeded to pose for the salute”  adding that this cation confirmed the leader of the opposition as someone who lacked discipline and respect for authority.

“His actions clearly illustrate that he was encouraging our children to show disrespect to public officials and to defy authority which is symptomatic of the campaign that he has waged over the last 10 years,” he stated.

Saint Jean went on to describe Linton’s action as a clear demonstration of the UWP leader’s irresponsibility and his unfitness to lead Dominica.

“Mr Linton’s poor judgement, bad example and hunger for power have all gone to his head and we must, as a nation, pray for him,” he remarked.

Linton has that his decision to take the salute from the students had nothing to do with politics; instead, he wanted to show support for the students.

He said after observing that while the children were chanting “we want to march, we want to march”, the prime minister and his family were leaving the park and the other members of the government were leaving with the prime minister as well.

The Opposition Leader explained that considering the “long and hard” work the young persons had put into preparing for the event, and the unreasonable decision taken by the Ministry of Education to not allow the students to march, he decided, as a show of symbolism, for their independent action and decision, to take their salute being the highest-ranking parliamentarian left in the stadium.

He said it was very inspiring for him as a leader, looking at young children being independent in mind and spirit.

Meantime, Saint Jean revealed that the Independence Youth Sports Meet was postponed three (3) times because of the soggy conditions of the Benjamin’s Park in Portsmouth.

“Eventually this sports meet did not take place because of the likelihood of injury to the young and enthusiastic athletes,” he revealed. “There were no complaints.

Saint Jean said that the organizers, students and athletes “and certainly their parents,” were all in agreement that the action taken by the ministry was in the interest of those who had trained and eagerly awaiting the opportunity to display their athletic prowess.





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Veteran musician and sound engineer, Marcel Cruickshank, passes away

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Marcel Cruickshank at his sound mixer board

Veteran musician, Marcel Cruickshank, who was for many years a member of Dominican’s longest-serving band, the Swinging Stars, has passed away.

Swinging Band leader Peter Letang told Dominica News Online (DNO) this morning that Cruikshank died at the Princess Margaret Hospital at 7:25 last night. He said Cruickshank had been ailing since after Carnival this year.

Cruikshank started off in music as a drummer and later became the sound engineer for the Swinging Stars for the rest of his musical career.

Letang also told DNO that Cruikship was the drummer involved in the original creation of the soca beat which has been attributed to the Lord Shorty of Trinidad and Tobago.

Criuckshank was also an electronics technician who operated a repair workshop located in Roseau.





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ANNOUNCEMENT: National public meeting to elect Rosanna Emmanuel (Pichelin)

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