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MINISTRY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT
MINISTERIAL TENDERS COMMITTEE
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
THE DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A DIGITAL, DOG
REGISTRY SERVICE INCLUSIVE OF POST-LAUNCH OPERATIONAL SUPPORT AND
TRAINING FOR THE MINISTRY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Proposals are invited for the Design, Development and Implementation of a Digital
Dog Registry Service inclusive of Post-launch Operational Support and Training for
thirty (30) members of staff of the Ministry of Local Government in accordance
with the Dog Control Act, 2013 and the Dog Control (Amendment) Act, 2014.
Bidding documents may be obtained during normal working, hours from the
Secretary, Ministerial Tenders Committee, General Administration. Unit, 1st Floor,
Kent House, Long Circular Road, Maraval, Telephone number: 628-7363.
Any further technical information can be obtained from Mr. Oneique Ransome,
Computer Specialist,or Mr. Naeem Ali, System Specialist, Information Technology
Unit, Kent House, Long Circular Road, Maraval. Telephone: 628-5220.
A pre-bid meeting will be held for prospective vendors on Wednesday 17th June,
2015 at 10.00 a.m at the Ministry of Local Government Conference Room,
Decentralization Unit, Kent House, Long Circular Road, Maraval,
Proposals must be accompanied by the following:
(i) Valid Income Tax and Value Added Tax Clearance Certificates issued by
the Board of Inland Revenue and dated not more than six (6) months prior
to the closing date for submission of proposals.
(ii) Valid Certificate of Compliance issued in accordance with the National
The original and four (4) copies each of the Technical Proposals should be
placed in separate sealed envelopes.
Envelopes must be addressed to the Chairman, Ministry of Local Government
Ministerial Tenders Committee, Kent House, Maraval and must be deposited in the
WHITE Tenders Box located in the General Administration Unit, 1st Floor, Kent
House, not later than 10.00 a.m on Tuesday 30th June, 2015.
Consultants should note that the dimensions of the slot in the Tenders Box are
32.5 cm x 5.5 cm and as such, proposals should be packaged accordingly.
The Technical Proposals will be opened shortly thereafter. The Consultant or his
authorized representative may be present at the opening.
Late proposals will not be considered in any circumstances.
The Committee does not bind itself to accept any proposal.
The Ministry of Local Government Ministerial Tenders Committee reserves the right
to cancel the present notice in its entirety or even partially, without defraying the
cost incurred by any Consultant in submitting their proposal.
Ministry of Local Government
LG: 8/15/21 Vol. I
June 09, 2015
New trucks and parts sit at a Mercedes-Benz park in Sao Bernardo do Campo,
Brazil. Mercedes-Benz said in a statement that "the sharp drop in bus and truck
sales" had forced it last month to rescind the contracts of 500 workers who had
been furloughed several months earlier. AP PHOTO
SAO PAULO---Plummeting auto sales
in Brazil amid the nation s worst eco-
nomic crisis in a decade have battered
the industry that makes up one-fourth
of the country s industrial gross
domestic product and has led to wide-
spread layoffs and mandatory leaves.
At least 6,000 workers in auto fac-
tories have been laid off since January,
officials say, and another 20,000 put
on furlough. Those add to thousands
of jobs lost last year.
Additionally, Fenabrave, an associ-
ation of auto dealers, said 250 of the
country s 8,000 dealerships have gone
out of business this year, resulting in
12,000 lost jobs.
Behind the worst crisis in more than
a decade for the world s fourth-largest
auto market is the "uncertainty sur-
rounding the country s sluggish econ-
omy, reduced access to credit and a
drop in consumer confidence," said
Rodrigo Baggi, an auto industry analyst
at Sao Paulo s Tendencias Consultancy.
"Purchases of nonessential durable
goods like cars, motorcycles and elec-
trical appliances are being postponed."
It s another sign of the serious trouble
facing the Brazilian economy, which is
forecast by most economists to contract
by more than 1 per cent this year, with
consumer spending dwindling, unem-
ployment hitting a five-year high and
inflation soaring about 2 percentage
points above the government s target
ceiling of 6.5 per cent.
The Brazilian Motor Vehicle Manu-
facturers Association estimates that
vehicle production will drop to 2.6 mil-
lion units in 2015, about 18 per cent
less than last year s output as a result
of the lower demand, said the associ-
ation s president, Luiz Moan.
That s a severe blow to automakers,
who for a decade have enjoyed booming
auto sales in Brazil and consider the
nation vital to their overall bottom lines.
Carmakers maintain a 10-per cent prof-
it margin in the South American nation,
as compared to the global average of
about 3 per cent. But it s also putting
stress on a massive supply-chain indus-
try that employs more than 200,000
Moan said that during the last 12
months, roughly 10 per cent of the
automakers labour force of 138,000
had been dismissed---many taking early
retirements offered by auto companies
trying to cut costs.
Marcos Aurelio Prado Araujo, a
welder for the past decade at a Mer-
cedes truck and bus chassis plant in
the Sao Paulo suburb of Sao Bernardo
do Campo, where much of Brazil s auto
industry is centered, was given his pink
slip in late May.
He said that he and his wife, Erika,
who also worked on the bus assembly
line at Mercedes, brought home the
equivalent of US$3,500 a month---
enough to buy a used car, put a down
payment on a small apartment and
enroll their daughter in a private school.
But late last year, his wife was fired
and in May he received a telegram from
Mercedes Benz saying that he d lost
his job, too.
"I saw my dream crumble," he said.
"I started out with a lot of hope and
now I am unemployed, in debt and
without any hope that one day things
will get better. I have put my apartment
and car up for sale and my daughter
won t be able to study in a private
Mercedes-Benz said in a statement
that "the sharp drop in bus and truck
sales" forced it last month to rescind
the contracts of 500 workers who had
been furloughed several months ear-
lier.Workers at General Motors, Ford and
Volkswagen also have been forced to
Rafael Marques, president of the
Metalworkers Union that represents
the Sao Paulo area, said he thinks "the
worst has already passed and things
are beginning to come under control,
as we negotiate job stability agreements
with Volkswagen, Ford, Scania, Mer-
cedes and others." (AP)
plummet in Brazil
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