Tuesday, June 28, 2011


A four-day workshop that will introduce some 25 Belizean contractors to the computerized job estimation tool, a modern electronic system designed to prepare bill of quantities for projects, got underway this morning at the George Price Centre for Peace and Development in Belmopan.

The training is being financed by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).  It is being implemented  by the Social Investment Fund in collaboration with the Caribbean Technological Consultany Services (CTCS).  

 In CTCS and SIF’s experience, there is the constant need for artisans and small contractors to strengthen their ability to accurately  prepare job estimates to ensure that they can both manipulate and present their bids in a competitive manner.  Small untrained contractors tend to be at a disadvantage with larger and more structured business entities with the ability to employ or hire the services of consultant engineers, quantity cost surveyors and accountants. 

The workshop is designed for Belizean Artisans and Small Contractors and is also a capacity building initiative of the Basic Needs Trust Fund Programme and the CTCS.  It is aimed at enhancing the participants’ technical and management skills in the preparation of bids using a simple but effective technique developed by CTCS known as the Computerized Job Estimation Tool (CJET).  The CJET allows for the electronic computation of the finite cost of the project and the user can manipulate the quality of the bid, see the impact of a given bid ration/rate on the overall cost of line items and project earnings in excess of each line, while maintaining the option to spread project losses over other items comprising the bill of quantities.  The training  also includes a refresher course introduction to the use of computers.

The workshop was officially declared open this morning by Mrs Yvonne Hyde, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Economic Development, Commerce Industry and Consumer Protection.

In her address, Mrs Hyde said the “ workshop goes one step further in the training of small Belizean artisans and contractors since it will strengthen their ability to compete for projects not only being implemented by SIF, but also in the job commercial market of Belize. This workshop is very timely indeed since it is being held during a period when SIF has already begun the implementation of the CDB SIF 2  Loan Project.  Under this $30.0 Million dollar project some 110 new small-scale community projects will be funded and selected on a demand driven basis with active participation of community groups, Non-governmental agencies (NGOs), Village Councils, Alcaldes, Line Ministries and communities of interest.”

The workshop is being conducted by Jack Springer of the CTCS.

The Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services (CTCS) is a network operated by the Private Sector Development Division (PSDD) of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)  in co-operation with regional and national institutions, laboratories, industrial enterprises and consultants. CTCS contributes to strengthening private sector capabilities by linking people who have business and technical experience with business that need consulting advice and assistance. Interventions are carried out under three (3) principal modes including: Direct Technical Assistance (facilitated by consultants), Workshops and Job Attachments.
For further information, please contact Mr Mike Hernandez Jr. J.P., Director of Public Relations of the Social Investment Fund, at Tel: 822-0239, email: at mike.hernandez@sifbelize.org or Cell No. 634-4002.

Belmopan, Monday 27th June 2011:  Press Release No. 18 -  2011

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