GENERAL PROCUREMENT NOTICE
Name of Country: SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
Project: CARIBBEAN REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
Sector(s): TELECOMMUNICATIONS, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
GENERAL PROCUREMENT NOTICE
Credit No.: 5118-VC
Project ID No.: P114963
The Director of Planning
Central Planning Division
Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning
1st Floor, Administrative Building
Bay Street, Kingstown,
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Tel:1-784-457-1746 or 1-784-457-2182
St. Vincent and the Grenadines has received financing in the amount of US$6,000,000 equivalent from the World Bank toward the cost of the CARCIP Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments for goods, works, related services and consulting services to be procured under this project. The financing is an International Development Association (IDA) Credit.The objective of the Project is to increase access to regional broadband networks and to advance the development of an ICT-enabled services industry in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and in the Caribbean region.The project is expected to close on February 01, 2017.
The project has the following components:
Component 1: Regional Connectivity Infrastructure (US$3,450,000)
This component will support bridging priority connectivity gaps in Saint Vincent and the
Grenadines and connect the country to regional backbones through the development of a high speed broadband backbone network to connect major populated areas to existing regional broadband networks, as well as possibly including a submarine link to connect the Grenadines islands, and eventually link to the border with neighbouring Grenada. It will also create that enabling environment that would ensure Public Private Partnership in the ownership, management and competitive access to the infrastructure. All activities would be done through the provision of works, technical advisory services and goods.
Component 2: ICT-Led Innovation (US$2,000,000)
The objective of this component is to stimulate growth of the IT/IT Enabled services industry and position Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the rest of the region as attractive destinations for IT and IT enabled business. It is structured as two sub-components: The first sub-component will provide support in the form of business incubation grants to small IT start-up companies in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to acquire appropriate technical, management, financing or market knowledge skills, as well as technical assistance to assist them to access global incubation network support.The second sub-component will provide training grants to public and/or private institutions to train trainers as well as professionals, in key niche areas for IT/ITES development in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with a specific focus on new graduates.
Component 3: Project Management and Implementation Support (US$550,000)
This component will strengthen and develop the institutional capacity of the Central Planning Division, the Department of Telecommunications and Information Technology Services Division for the project management and execution, including procurement, financial management and supervision of project activities, through the acquisition of goods, provision of technical advisory services, training and operating costs.
Procurement of contracts financed by the World Bank will be conducted through the procedures as specified in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Procurement of Goods, Works & Non-Consulting Services under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers published by the Bank in May 2004 and revised in October 2006, May 2010 and January 2011, and is open to all eligible bidders as defined in the guidelines. Consulting services will be selected in accordance with the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers published by the Bank in May 2004 and revised in October 2006, May 2010 and January 2011.
Specific procurement notices for contracts to be bid under the World Bank’s international competitive bidding (ICB) procedures and for contracts for consultancy services will be announced, as they become available, in UN Development Business,dgMarket, the Government website: www.gov.vc and the Vincentian, Searchlight and News Newspapers and other media in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the Caribbean Region.