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Competitive bidding process planned for Major Infrastructure Development Programme

Published:Thursday | March 20, 2014 | 9:28 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Chief Executive Officer of the National Works Agency (NWA) E.G. Hunter says a competitive bidding process will be used to award contracts under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).




Responding to questions before Parliament’s Infrastructure and Physical Committee yesterday Hunter said each contract will be packaged and put to tender.



This new feature is a departure from direct contracting which was used under previous infrastructure projects.



The NWA head said a competitive tender process will result in greater efficiency and cost containment.



And he said effort will be made to ensure that there is no unfair advantage to any contractor.



The MIDP is valued at US$352.9 million.



Two-hundred-and-twenty million US of that amount will be set aside for China Harbour Engineering Company, the main contractor on the project, with the remaining US$82 million earmarked for local sub-contractors.



Hunter says these local sub-contractors will undertake projects relating to road construction and rehabilitation, drainage infrastructure and building of retaining walls and sidewalks.



He says those projects will be included in the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) component of the MIDP.



Fifty million US dollars has been allotted to JEEP.



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