Friday, January 14, 2011

SOCIAL INVESTMENT FUND WORLD BANK PROCUREMENT PROCEDURES

Daniel Cano, SIF Executive Director
Procurement Specialist, Carlson Gough, conducting the training
Members of the SIF BMDP Implementation Unit
Workshop Participants


SIF conducts one-day training in World Bank Procurement Procedures

Belmopan, Wednesday, 12th January 2011:  A one day intensive training on World Bank procurement policies and procedures and the requirements for the financing of the Belize Municipal Development Project (BMDP) will be held on Friday 14th January in Belmopan at the George Price Centre for Peace and Development.

The workshop is designed specifically for Mayors and Town Council Administrators of the participating municipalities, members of the BMDP Project Steering Committee  and staff of the BMDP Implementation Unit of the Social Investment Fund.

The workshop will be conducted by Mr Carlson Gough, Procurement Specialist, and will cover topics such as: BMDP procurement modes and thresholds; steps and time frame in the National Competitive Bidding modality from advertisement to contract signing and Contractor responsiveness requirements such as signed bids, bid securities, average annual volumes of construction works.

The Government of Belize, through financing from the World Bank, has started implementation of the BMDP aimed at improving municipal service delivery and maintenance in the municipalities of Benque Viejo del Carmen, San Ignacio and Santa Elena, Orange Walk, Corozal, Belmopan, Dangriga and Punta Gorda.  The proposed project will have three main components.

1.      Infrastructure Investments (i.e. drainage, traffic management, social infrastructure, etc);

2.       Capacity Building and Technical Assistance for the Ministries of Local Government and Natural Resources;  improving town council accountability, citizen participation, revenue strengthening, financial  management, and town planning capacity, including disaster risk management; Assistance with Central Government framework for municipal development (e.g. improving local government capacity to monitor the municipalities, land ownership information system, and the land use framework;

3.      Project management.

The BMDP project is implemented by the Social Investment Fund, a statutory body in the Ministry of Economic Development.

Press Release-For further information please contact Mr Mike Hernandez Jr. J.P., Director of Public Relations, Social Investment Fund, at Tel: no. 822-0239 or via email at mike.hernandez@sifbelize.org

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