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Tender for Remodeling of the Tea Terraces at Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre
Evolving TecKnologies and Enterprise Development Company Limited ("e TecK") hereby invites the
submission of Tenders from eligible bidders for the Remodeling of the Tea Terraces at the Hilton
Trinidad and Conference Centre, Lady Young Road, Port of Spain.
The delivery period will be fourteen (14) calendar weeks.
Bidding will be conducted through the Two Envelope Competitive Bidding process in accordance with
e TecK's procurement guidelines, and is open to all suitably quali ed bidders.
Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from and inspect the prequali cation and
tender documents at the o ce of The Secretary, Tenders Committee at the following address:
Evolving TecKnologies and Enterprise Development Company Limited (e TecK)
131 Uriah Butler Highway
From 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays, but no later than Monday 13th July, 2015, at 4:00 p.m.
A complete set of bidding documents may be purchased by interested bidders upon payment of a non-
refundable fee of One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars (TTD1,500.00). The method of payment
will be cash or certi ed cheque. Only bidders who have purchased the bid documents will be eligible to
A mandatory site visit has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at Lobby Entrance,
Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre, Port-of-Spain . Failure to attend the site visit will render the
prospective bidder ineligible to submit a Tender.
Bids must be deposited into the marked Tender Box at the address above by Thursday 30th July, 2015
at 2:00 p.m. Late Bids will be rejected. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security of Fifty
Thousand Dollars (TTD50,000.00) or an equivalent amount in a freely convertible currency.
Bids will be opened in the presence of bidders' representatives who choose to attend at the address
above on Thursday July 30, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
The Site of the Works is the Tea Terraces at Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre, Lady Yound Road,
Tenders must be submitted strictly in accordance with the Tender Documents. e TecK does not bind
itself to accept the lowest or any Tender and reserves the right to negotiate price with any Tenderer.
Evolving TecKnologies and Enterprise Development Company Ltd (e TecK)
131 Uriah Butler Highway, Charlieville, Chaguanas
Today we focus on invasive alien species.
According to the Convention on Biological Diversity,
invasive alien species are species whose introduction
and/or spread outside their natural past or present
distribution threatens biological diversity.
Invasive alien species occur in all taxonomic groups,
including animals, plants, fungi and micro-organisms,
and can affect all types of ecosystems. An invasive
species can be any kind of living organism---an
amphibian, plant, insect, fish, fungus, bacteria, or
even an organism s seeds or eggs, that is not native
to an ecosystem. They can harm the environment,
the economy or even human health.
Species that grow and reproduce quickly and spread
aggressively with potential to cause harm are given
the label of "invasive."
The National Wildlife Federation reports that
approximately 42 per cent of threatened or endangered
species are at risk primarily due to invasive species.
Human health and economies are also at risk from
invasive species. The impact of invasive species on
our natural ecosystems and economy cost billions of
dollars each year. Many of our commercial, agricultural
and recreational activities depend on healthy native
Small Island Developing States (Sids) like T&T are
among the most vulnerable of the developing coun-
tries, considering the
relative lack of eco-
available and such
• Small populations
• Weak institutional
capacity in both the
public and the private
• Remoteness from
• Susceptibility to
natural disasters and
(including in particular
sea-level rise from cli-
• Fragility of land
and marine ecosys-
• High cost of transportation
• Limited diversification in production and exports
• Dependence on international markets, export
concentration, and income volatility
Many of these islands are endowed with unique
cultures and derive much of their economic, envi-
ronmental and cultural well-being directly or indirectly
from the rich natural resources in their immediate
Biodiversity is a crucial component of food security
in many small, isolated islands, especially Sids. Small
islands comprise a high proportion of marine and
coastal areas which are important sources of income.
The continental shelves and coastal ecosystems of
many Sids are of major economic significance for
settlement, subsistence and commercial agriculture,
fisheries and tourism.
The unique characteristics that make island bio-
diversity so special also leave it particularly fragile
and vulnerable. Despite the high levels of biodiversity
and the prevalence of endemism, island species are
present in relatively small numbers, making them
very vulnerable to extinction. Many island species
have become rare or threatened, and islands have a
disproportionate number of recorded species extinc-
tions when compared to continental systems. Of the
724 recorded animal extinctions in the last 400 years,
about half were of island species. At least 90 per
cent of the bird species that have become extinct in
that period were island dwellers (Convention on Bio-
Some of the invasive species in T&T include the
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Invasive alien species---uninvited company
The lionfish, an invasive species of
fish, is now considered to be one of
the greatest threats to global marine
bio-diversity and ecosystems, posing
a significant threat to coastal
economies and public health.
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