Can­nelles Road Works

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Ajoint del­e­ga­tion from the In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Depart­ment of the Ar­gen­tine Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and the In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions Depart­ment from the Ar­gen­tine Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture vis­ited Saint Lu­cia be­tween the 4th and 6th of March, 2015. The del­e­ga­tion, ac­com­pa­nied by the Ar­gen­tine Em­bassy in Saint Lu­cia, held meet­ings with Saint Lu­cian gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in or­der to fol­low up on­go­ing co­op­er­a­tion projects and iden­tify new ar­eas of mu­tual in­ter­est.

Dur­ing the meet­ings, the Ar­gen­tine del­e­ga­tion shared the phi­los­o­phy, scope and goals that guide the Ar­gen­tine South-South and Tri­an­gu­lar Co­op­er­a­tion Fund.

Within the fields of Tourism and Civil Avi­a­tion, ideas were ex­changed in or­der to de­ter­mine new stages within the frame­work of on­go­ing projects. In ad­di­tion, new fields of co­op­er­a­tion were dis­cussed with the Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs, In­ter­na­tional Trade and Civil Avi­a­tion; the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Food Pro­duc­tion, Fish­eries, Co-op­er­a­tives and Ru­ral Devel­op­ment; the Min­istry of Health, Well­ness, Hu­man Ser­vices and Gen­der Re­la­tions; and the Min­istry of Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment, En­ergy, Science and Tech­nol­ogy.

The re­sults of the Ar­gen­tine Co­op­er­a­tion Mission to Saint Lu­cia can be con­sid­ered to be highly pos­i­tive, judg­ing by the high level of com­mit­ment shown dur­ing the meet­ings and the deeper un­der­stand­ing shown by both par­ties, thus con­tribut­ing to deep­en­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween both coun­tries.

Works to re­in­state the culvert and road sec­tion at Can­nelles – Mi­coud along the Cas­tries Vieux Fort High­way has com­menced. The dam­age to the culvert and road­way was caused by the ex­treme weather event of De­cem­ber 24th, 2013.

The con­tract was awarded to OB Sadoo En­gi­neer­ing Ser­vices Ltd fol­low­ing a Na­tional Com­pet­i­tive Bid­ding process ini­ti­ated in early Septem­ber 2014. Ad­ver­tise­ments were pub­lished in lo­cal news­pa­pers from Septem­ber 12th, 2014, on the web­sites of the Gov­ern­ments of Gre­nada, St. Vin­cent and St. Lu­cia (Min­istry of Fi­nance and Min­istry of In­fra­struc­ture web­sites), and pub­lished in the Na­tional Gazette from Septem­ber 10th to Oc­to­ber 26th, 2014. Four­teen lo­cal firms took ad­van­tage and col­lected bid­ding doc­u­ments.

A to­tal of seven lo­cal firms sub­mit­ted bids in re­sponse to the ad­ver­tise­ment. Af­ter care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion of the sub­mit­ted bids against the Bid Eval­u­a­tion Re­port, the Cen­tral Ten­ders Board (CTB) at a meet­ing on Jan­uary 21st, 2015 ap­proved the rec­om­men­da­tion for the award of Con­tract to OB Sadoo En­gi­neer­ing Ser­vices Ltd for the amount of $2,162,456.54.

On Jan­uary 26th, 2015 the World Bank gave its No Ob­jec­tion to the rec­om­men­da­tion Bid Eval­u­a­tion Re­port for the award of con­tract to OB Sadoo En­gi­neer­ing Ser­vices Ltd for the amount of $2,162,456.54.

The Con­tract for Works was signed be­tween the Gov­ern­ment of St. Lu­cia, rep­re­sented by the Min­istry of In­fra­struc­ture, Port Ser­vices and Trans­port ,and OB Sadoo En­gi­neer­ing Ser­vices Ltd on Fe­bru­ary 18th, 2015 af­ter re­ceipt of the Per­for­mance Bond and req­ui­site in­sur­ances. The works will be com­pleted over a 24 week pe­riod.

The pro­posed works en­tail the con­struc­tion of a re­in­forced con­crete box culvert, fill­ing to cre­ate em­bank­ment, and re­in­state­ment of the road pave­ment struc­ture. The con­trac­tor has be­gun mo­bi­liza­tion on site and works are ex­pected to pro­ceed as planned.

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