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Monday, 22 May 2017

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New Contractual Farming Programme to Commence In Good Hope

Farmers of Good Hope have been assured that new measures and programmes have been set to develop the farming sector in their community.

Hon Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit, has committed to the farmers of Good hope $100,000 to assist with the development of farming as a small business.

The Hon Prime Minister was speaking at a town hall meeting there on Wednesday and pledged a total of $200,000 towards small business development in Good Hope.

Of that amount, he pledged half to the farmers.

“I am committing $200,000 for small business development, but I want $100,00 to go to the farmers of Good Hope to provide you with the support you need to continue to farm, to continue to cultivate and to make a better way of life for your families and for your children.”

The farmers of the that community will also benefit from new contracts negotiated by the Government of Dominica with the Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA).

Meantime, farmers of Good Hope will be the first to take advantage of a series of new programmes for farmers which are being launched by Government.

This announcement came from the Hon Parliamentary Representative for Castle Bruce and Minister for Agriculture, Johnson Drigo.

“The first community where we want to enter into yams and potatoes will be with you the farmers of Good Hope,” oHon Drigo explained, “We will be coming back to meet you very early next week and a representative of DEXIA, … will meet you here, we will have the contracts.”

The contracts already secured with DEXIA for the farmers through Government are for the sale of yams, potatoes and cucumbers.

Hon. Drigo assured the farmers that there are numerous incentives for them as part of the upgraded contracts.

“In the agreement, there are incentives; we will provide you with a consignment of fertilizer and some of the Round-Up you will need for clearing…”

The Hon mp, encouraged the farmers who will soon sign unto these contracts to be prepared to honour the agreements in order to consistently supply the established markets.

He explained to farmers that it is more important to secure established markets than to sell the produce otherwise only for a small increase in sale price.

“We expect you to stick to the agreement. One of the things we have had in the past is that we’ve had agreements with some of you and then when somebody pass who is giving 10 cents more you will sell all of the crops and then when DEXIA comes, they cannot get anything for the market it was intended for.

And when you plant for the export market, you may not get the price the huckster is giving you on the pick-up but we expect you to stick with this market because what you need is market for your crop.

He hopes that the contractual programmes will encourage farmers to produce more to sustain the current British market as well as secure lasting relationships with new U.S markets.

For farmers who may be hesitant to sign the contracts with DEXIA , the minister explained there have been upgrades within DEXIA’s system and that selling to DEXIA serves both the farmers and huckster.

The contractual farming programme expected to begin with the Good Hope farmers as of next week will eventually extend across the island. 

Government Commits To Construct Administrative Building In Portsmouth

The Government of Dominica has committed to construct an administrative building in the town of Portsmouth.

During a town hall meeting in Portsmouth recently, the Hon Prime Minister, Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit, said this will facilitate residents of Portsmouth and environs wishing to do business with the Government.

“This is a town in Dominica, and if it’s a town in Dominica, then it must have appropriate Government offices here in the town of Portsmouth and people must know they can go to a central spot where they can acquire Government services,” Hon Skerrit said.

Hon Skerrit says that Government will be working closely with the Dominica Social Security to look at the prospects of building this administrative building.

The nation’s leader listed additional Government’s offices which will be located in the administrative building.

He said it is anticipated that the building will have an office for the Prime Minister “so there is no need for you to go to Roseau to see the Prime Minister, he will come there from time to time for an office in Portsmouth.”

The building is also anticipated to include a sub-treasury, Dominica Social Security office as well as all other government offices, the post office and an office for the parliamentary representative.

The Dominica Labour Party Government has held numerous town hall meetings in various communities across the island to sensitize the public on ongoing projects financed by the Citizenship by Investment Programme.

Gov’t Contributes Over $113,000 Dollars to National HIV/AIDS Unit

Coordinator of the National HIV/AIDS Response Unit, Allison Samuel, has expressed thanks to the Government of Dominica for their contribution of over a hundred and thirteen thousand dollars ($113,000) towards testing efforts.

Prior to 2010 the National Programme was a national project funded by Global Fund. In 2010, the government took over a large portion of thehiv testing day units funding. Samuel explained that before receiving the approval to have the funds added on the recurrent budget they were required to present the proposal of activities at the unit.

Funding is now being provided in the areas of salaries disbursements, programme components, anti-retro virals, viral blood testing, CD4 testing, which must be done for every HIV-positive client.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Regional HIV/AIDS testing day which is normally observed in May. Samuel revealed that all the health districts are in the process of planning. She stated that they have not yet decided on a theme for this year.

In Dominica, National HIV/AIDS testing day is normally a month of activities.

Last year, the theme was, ‘Get Tested Stop Ducking it’. 

Trade Ministry Poses Bann on Corned Beef from Brazil

The Government of Dominica has placed a ban on the importation of corned beef from Brazil with immediate effect.

On Monday, the Government of Jamaica imposed an immediate import ban on corned beef originating from Brazil.  The move follows reports from Brazilian authorities that several major Brazilian meat processors have been selling corned beef not fit for consumption.

The joint decision was made after discussions between the customs and excise division, the Ministry of Agriculture, the veterinary unit, and the environmental health unit as 78 percent of Dominica’s imports of corned beef comes from Brazil.

INVITATION FOR BIDS - ROAD REHABILITATION/RECONSTRUCTION AT LAUDAT

GOVERNMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF DOMINICA

 

ROAD REHABILITATION AND RECONSTRUCTION

AT LAUDAT

 

The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica (GOCD) has received financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in an amount equivalent to USD4.1 million towards the cost of Natural Disaster Management – Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (Tropical Storm Ophelia)Project and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this financing to eligible payments under a contract for which this invitation is issued.  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 Financing Agreement.  The Financing Agreement prohibits withdrawal from the financing 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 Financing Agreement or have any claim to the proceeds of the Financing.

The Project is being implemented by the Ministry of Public Works and Ports (MPWP) through its Technical Services Division.  The MPWP has contracted Consultants who will assist the MPWP with delivering the Project.

The expected outcome of the Project is reduced risks associated with landslide hazards in the Roseau Valley.  The proposed works will reduce the vulnerability of the project sites and communities to future adverse weather-related events.

MPWP now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for slope stabilisation and realignment of 155m of Laudat Road.  The works include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. cut and fill earthmoving and disposal for new road alignment, slope stabilisation, terracing and erosion control, construction of approximately 40m long 3.5m average high reinforced concrete wall, reinstatement of road pavement of tarrish sub-base and rigid concrete surface course with associated drainage and other miscellaneous works.
  1. consideration 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 country and are either.
  1. more than 50% beneficially owned by a citizen or citizens and/or a bona fide resident or residents of an eligible country, or by a body corporate or bodies corporate meeting these requirements; or
  1. 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 (2006).

Eligible countries are member countries of CDB.

Eligible bidders will be required to submit full qualification information with their bids establishing their eligibility to bid and qualifications to perform the contract if the bid is accepted.  Tender and qualifications information are to be submitted in the English language on the prescribed forms inserted in the Bid Documents.  Submission that do not provide the information required, or do not demonstrate the prospective contractor’s ability to perform satisfactorily, will no quality and will not be considered for evaluation.

Qualification requirements include, inter alia:

(a)        an average annual turnover (defined as certified payments received for works in progress or completed) within the last three (3) years of at least one million United States dollars (USD1,000,000.00);

(b)        a demonstrable cash flow (including access to credit) of one hundred and fifty thousand United States dollars (USD150,000.00) per month; and

(c)        experience as prime contractor in the construction of at least two (2) assignments of a nature, scope and complexity comparable to the proposed project activity within the last  three (3) years (to comply with this requirement, works quoted should be at least 80 percent complete).

Eligible firms may obtain bidding documents by emailing, calling or writing to the first address below.  The documents may be purchased for a non-refundable fee of US$50.00 or its equivalent in a freely convertible currency for each copy.  Payment is to be made by telegraphic transfer, bank draft or certified cheque to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Works and Ports, Government Headquarters, Kennedy Avenue, Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica, W.I. prior to collecting the documents at the first address below.

Written request must clearly state “Request for Bid Documents for Road Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Works at Laudat”.  Applicants who request that documents be forwarded to them are required to submit an account number for a local courier agent, which accepts freight collect charges.  MPWP will promptly dispatch the documents but under no circumstances will MPWP accept responsibility for late delivering or loss of the documents so transmitted.

Submission of bids shall be in sealed envelopes clearly marked Bid for Road Rehabilitation and Construction at Laudatand must be received at the first address below not later than 2:30 p.m. on March 20, 2017.  Bid opening will take place immediately after the deadline for submission at the first address below in the presence of bidders representatives who choose to attend.  Qualification information only must be simultaneously submitted to the second address below.

All bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security of twenty thousand five hundred United States dollars (USD20,500).

The MPWP, Government Headquarters reserves the right to accept or reject all bids, at any time prior to award of contract, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected prospective bidder(s) or any obligation to inform the affected prospective bidder(s) of the grounds for the MPWP, GOCD.  The MPWP will not defray any costs incurred by any bidder in the preparation of bids.

1.

Chief Technical Officer

Ministry of Public Works and Ports

1st Floor, Government Headquarters

Kennedy Avenue

Roseau

COMMONWEALTH OF DOMINICA

Tel:  1 (767) 266-3524

Fax:  1 (767) 440-4799

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2.

Procurement Officer

Procurement Policy Unit

Caribbean Development Bank

P. O. Box 408

Wildey, St. Michael

BARBADOS, W.I., BB 11000

 

Tel:  1 (246) 431-1600

Fax:  1 (246) 426-7269

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