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GOVERNMENT OF BELIZE
MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PETROLEUM, INVESTMENT,
TRADE AND COMMERCE
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Consultancy Services to Design, Build, Pilot and Install a Public Sector
Investment Programme Management Information System (PSIP-MIS)
The Government of Belize (GOB) has received a grant from the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF)
in an amount equivalent to US$338,750.00 towards the cost of the Strengthening the Public Sector
Investment Programme (Ministry of Economic Development) PSIP-MIS project, and intends to apply
a portion of the proceeds of this grant to eligible payments under a contract for which this
invitation is issued. Payments by CDF will be made only at the request of the GOB and upon
approval by CDF, and will be subject, in all respects, to the terms and conditions of the Grant
Agreement. The Grant Agreement prohibits withdrawal from the Grant Account for the purpose of
any payment to persons or entities, or for any import of goods, if such payment or import, to the
knowledge of CDF, is prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken
under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations. No party other than the Government of
Belize shall derive any rights from the Grant Agreement or have any claims to the proceeds of
The Ministry of Economic Development is mandated to oversee the GOB's PSIP, which consists pri-
marily of programmed capital investment projects being implemented in support of national and
sectoral development objectives. Currently, a formal institutionalised system that governs PSIP
processes is absent, limiting the MED's ability to effectively execute its mandate. The Ministry is
seeking to enhance its capacity in this regard and now invites proposals for the provision of
services to design, build, pilot and install a Public Sector Investment Programme Management
Consultants from all jurisdictions are eligible to participate.
Interested firms are asked to contact the Ministry in writing at the addresses below by
4:30 pm on 15th February, 2016 and request the documents necessary to prepare their
Chief Executive Officer
Ministry of Economic Development
Ground Floor, Sir Edney Cain Building
The correspondence must have as its subject "Consultancy to Design, Build, Pilot and Install a
PSIP-MIS" and contain the name and address of the applicant. The full Request for Proposal
and any further instructions will be forwarded by email to those interested on 16th
MED shall not be bound to assign any reason for not selecting any applicant and will not defray any
costs incurred by the applicant in the preparation and submission of proposals.
The Jetsam Awards on Friday provided very few
surprises. The one debate was the award of Cham-
pion Imported Sprinter to Crime of Passion over
Control Unit who won the Sprint Championship
Crime of Passion did perform well in the early part
of the season, but Control Unit was his superior in
the championship event. The Jetsam business is now
completed. It is now time to move on with 2016.
We have seen a number of performances which
suggest that 2016 could be the best season in the last
three years, in spite of the economic circumstances.
Let us look at some of the classes.
Three year olds. Based on what we have seen on
the track to date and the reputation and breeding of
some of the unraced three year olds, we are in for an
exciting season if all of the chief protagonists remain
sound. Top of the class is Jetsam Champion Two Year
Old, The Gatsby.
This Jamaican bred colt has been spectacular in his
three starts and he could be anything. He displayed
tremendous precocity in 2015 and his bloodlines do
not scream stayer so it will be interesting to see how
he fares as the distances get longer. Owner Merlin
Samlalsingh might not be too dismayed if he fails to
fire over the longer distances since he also has the
most obvious pretender to the crown in first time
winner, Academy Award.
This colt, also Jamaican bred, is a half brother to
Momentum and should not have any staying issues.
His sire, Performing Magic, is only known in these
parts as the sire of Criminal Intent, and that could
introduce an element of doubt, but Academy Award
looked very special in winning his debut.
The horse he beat, another first time, Crown of
Kings also looked extremely useful. This one, is by
the same sire as his owner s Urban Knight and so also
has strong bloodlines. Crown of Kings has an equally
promising stablemate in Magical Victory who stayed
on quite nicely to be second to The Gatsby in the St
James. He has ground to make up but was a lot less
forward than his conqueror that day. These four are
the proven four but there are any number of unraced
three year olds that could have a say in the big three
year old races.
Then, there are the locally bred contenders. Again,
these have been very lightly raced but we have seen
many promising performances. The top locally bred
three year old to date has been Desert Dancer. This
one however, is bred, and has shown, that he might
be better at the shorter distances.
Having said that, we said the same thing about
Criminal Intent, who subsequently caused a major
upset in the Midsummer Classic. In addition to Desert
Dancer, Mint Condition, Saragon, Big Money and Fast
N Furious has shown a lot of promise and these five
are the early top ones amongst the locally bred. The
fillies are led by Newthinginthong and Latin Dancer
but one suspects there is a lot more talent still to be
unearth in the distaff division.
The imported class. We have all of the returning
champions---Transpire, Crime of Passion, and
Thisonesforron. They are joined by Control Unit, who
has already followed up his Stewards Cup victory with
an equally game victory in the Sian s Gold Sprint.
Connections will no doubt be keen to see how far
they can stretch his stamina.
The Aga Stables duo of Bergeron Rodeo and Holy
Man are likely to be joined by the sidelined stable
mate Clermont County and this trio will give their
connections a lot of fun. Also returning from the side-
lines are Patriot Legend, who looked exceptional on
his debut before sustaining an injury in his subsequent
start, and Danube Waltz, who looked very versatile
with a penchant towards the longer distance. The
oldstagers Sacred Trust and Scotus are still around
and will be competitive on their day.
The younger generation could be led by the highly
regarded and expensive Whisper Light, who flopped
on his debut before being diagnosed with a breathing
disorder. If this one recovers adequately, he could be
anything. Takeoneforjoey after burning pockets in his
first four starts, found his groove on the turf and could
develop further. An extremely competitive class.
The older creoles might not include three-time
Jetsam Champion, Bigman in Town, in 2016 but
we await to hear more from connections about his
injury. His absence throws this category wide open.
Momentum is still around but it is amazing that
this one has not won since his 2014 Derby victory
and connections have even tried him on the turf
on a couple of occasions but to no avail.
A change of equipment might be the next option.
On the turf, Dark Treasure returned with a
vengeance in the Caribbean Turf Championship
and he can continue to prove his versatility since
he is equally adept on either surface. Masterpiece
and Royal Empire showed new dimensions when
narrowly touched off by Dark Treasure and could
make things interesting going forward.
A few of last year s classic generation will also
make the contests interesting. We have Derby
runner up Charismatic Groom leading the vanguard
and among the speedier types, there is Bergeron
Boy, Criminal Intent and Swept Away. Among the
staying types, we have Risky Trial and a returning
Man to Come who will try to compete with the
Once the administrators don t get in the way,
we should see some competitive events. The framing
of the races will be most important and of course,
there is the economy to consider, but racing has
survived a difficult economic environment on more
than one occasion in the past and it will no doubt
do so again.
Racing beyond the economic finish line
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