Recovery and Development Agency hosts procurement workshop

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During a procurement workshop hosted by the Recovery and Development Agency on Tuesday, RDA CEO Anthony McMaster and other officials explained the procurement process in detail and fielded questions from contractors.

The workshop began at 9 a.m. in the Village Cay Conference Room and lasted until 3 p.m. Facilitators included RDA Director of Procurement John Primo, Finance Ministry Director of Projects Drexel Glasgow, Lanx Lancix Managing Partner Kenneth Scarlett, and CEO of MWM PKF Consulting Meade Malone.

Discussion topics included project development, project pricing, the BVI Procurement Act 2021 and its 2022 regulations, contractor documentation, the evaluation of tenders, and new fi- nancial reporting requirements.

Participants asked the moderators about the RDA and its processes, including whether or not the agency’s annual budget rolls over, how pre-qualifications work, and how RDA projects are prioritised.

Primary schools

One attendee asked Messrs. McMaster and Glasgow why the new Jost Van Dyke Primary School — which will be erected through a recently awarded $4.3 million contract — was given precedence over the Althea Scatliffe Primary School in Road Town, which was deemed structurally unsound in June.

Mr. McMaster said the JVD school was a project outlined inthe territory’s Recovery to Development Plan in 2018, and that the plans were well under way before ASPS was closed indefinitely.

Mr. Glasgow explained that the ASPS project is currently in its preliminary stages and that only an engineer’s report has been completed so far.

Paperwork

Moderators also spoke about paperwork, including the bills of quantities that contractors are required to provide to itemise project expenditures such as ma- terials, labour, and more.

Speaker Chris Graham, director of BCQS International in the VI, acknowledged the difficulties in pricing projects, but he said contractors must be as exact and accurate as possible using market prices.

The RDA checks these prices by getting estimates on the costs of materials from several local sources, Mr. McMaster explained.

The agency has also hosted other workshops to encourage capacity building.