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Thursday, 30 March 2017

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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.

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’. 

PROPEL Assist Local Produce Reach High Value Markets

The Promotion Of Regional Opportunities for Produce through Enterprise and Linkages (PROPEL) project has been working closely with farmers through the Ministry of Agriculture, DEXIA and the Bureau of Standards for the past two years to improve quality and quantity of produce reaching high value markets.

PROPEL has targeted five countries for the implementation of its project activities including Dominica.

According to PROPEL local representative, Diana Henry-Laville, one of these implemented projects was the introduction of record- keeping booklets to farmers. Laville, was speaking at a crop farm management and record-keeping workshop last week.

 “in 2016 the Bureau of Standards and PROPEL collaborated on the production of 300 farm record-keeping books to help enhance the ongoing thrust to farm certification and DOM-GAP.  The record-keeping process is a key component in farm certification and therefore we should embrace this valuable workshop...,” she said.

Funded by Global Affairs Canada and implemented by the world University of Canada, PROPEL is working with private sector buyers, producers and other value chain actors and business service providers to facilitate the safe, effective and efficient movement of fresh produce from the farm level to high value markets.

PROPEL has also facilitated the procurement of high quality irish potato seeds; trained farmers in potato production, soil fertility management and soil testing; created a fresh  produce brand for Dominica and facilitated the shipment of fresh produce from Dominica through DEXIA to a high-value market in Barbados.

All of these are in keeping with PROPEL’s intent to facilitate the development of commercially based linkages between producers and high value markets that will be sustainable.

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

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Pottersville Savannah Is Carnival City

The official launch of Mas Domnik 2017 was executed in grand style as the carnival queen contestants and reigning monarchs paraded through the streets on a carnival motorcade en route to the ceremony at the Fort Young Hotel on January 19.

‘The Real Mas’ 2017 is being celebrated under the theme, ‘Domnik Ki Dou-Come Revel With Us.’

Chief Executive Officer of the Discover Dominica Authority, DDA, and Director of Tourism, Colin Piper, announced that at least nine of the carnival activities will be held at the Pottersville Savannah, which is this year’s Carnival City.

The Potterville Savannah was last used as the official Carnival City in 2013.

 “For the first time in a while we will centralize the shows at what we are calling the Heidi Andre Carnival City in Pottersville.  We anticipate up to nine shows at Carnival City.  We also will open up the city on selected days from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm with food, music and beverages available for patrons,” Piper informed.

The Carnival city will also have children’s play area to have a mobile LED screen for movies of past carnivals.

Honourable Minister for Tourism, Senator Robert Tonge, reiterated Government’s commitment to an increased annual subvention to allow for greater marketing of Dominica’s carnival product.

 “Carnival is no place to settle feuds or pick fights. As one people we should unite at all times, but more so during carnival as the world will be looking at us,” Senator Tonge said.

On Carnival Monday patrons should expect the Midnight Groovers and the Original Bouyon Pioneers and on Tuesday the First Serenade Band.

Acting Chief Cultural Officer, Jacinta David, representing the Hon Minister for Culture, Justina Charles, stated that the theme is a call to recognize the wonderful aspects of Dominica’s culture.

 “The call to action, come revel with us...is an open invitation to persons overseas to come to Dominica a unique Carnival experience.” 

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