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INVITATION TO PRE-QUALITY
The Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean (BCRC) is an autonomous corporate body, established by Act #2 of 2008, Chapter
35:49 of the Laws of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. Its primary mandate is to assist countries in the Caribbean to comply with and implement the provisions of the Basel
Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, as well as the other wastes and chemicals conventions. The organisation is a regional
office of the United Nations Environmental Programme that is hosted by the Government of Trinidad & Tobago, through the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources
under a Framework Agreement entered between the Government and the Secretariat of the Basel Convention in 2004.
In an effort to adequately meet its mandate of service to Party States to the wastes and chemicals conventions in the Caribbean, the BCRC-Caribbean now invites all suitably
qualified Individuals/ Organizations to submit applications to prequalify in the following categories:
1) General Services
a. Financial Services
III. Financial and Administrative Systems Management
V. Insurance Brokerage Services
b. Corporate Services
I. Advertising Agency Services
II. Public Relations Services
III. IT Services
IV. Catering Services
V. Graphic Design Services
VI. Audio-visual, Photography & Videography Services
VII. Transcription /Stenographic Services
VIII. Event Planning & Décor Services
IX. Web Design Development & Hosting
X. Data Base Development & Management
XI. Library Holdings & offsite Document Storage & Management
c. Janitorial Services
I. Power washing
II. Floor and Carpet deep cleaning
d. Air condition Services and Repair
2) Consulting Services
(a) Policy & Best Practice Formulation & Implementation in the Waste &
Chemicals Management Sector.
(b) Institutional/Human Resource Capacity Building.
(c) Design & Implementation of Training Modules & Training Programming
in Waste & Chemical Management
(d) Public Education & Public Awareness
(e) Technology Development & Implementation in Wastes & Chemical
Pre-Qualification will be based on meeting minimum criteria in the following areas:
• Financial Capacity
• Personnel: adequacy and suitability of qualifications, availability of staff
• Statutory Requirements and Regulatory Compliance ( current clearance
copies to be provided)
• Work experience and references
COLLECTION OF INVITATION DOCUMENTS
Pre-Qualification application packages can be collected from Monday to Friday from
9:00am to 3:00 pm,
up to February 28th 2014.
ELIGIBILITY OF FIRMS
Only companies incorporated in Trinidad and Tobago with a local office will be eligi-
ble for pre-qualification.
Individuals, contracting firms and companies currently trading with the BCRC-
Caribbean in the categories stated MUST apply as well.
SUBMISSION OF COMPLETED PRE-QUALIFICATIONS PACKAGES
The completed pre-Qualification questionnaire and copies of relevant documents
should be placed in ONE
Sealed envelope and submitted to the BCRC-Caribbean Head Office, labelled as fol-
Pre-Qualification of Consultancy Services
#8 Alexandra Street
St. Clair, Port-Of-Spain
The name of the firm making the application should be printed clearly on the enve-
lope to facilitate accurate record of the submission made.
DEADLINE DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF RESPONSES IS Friday March 7th 2014.
BCRC-CARIBBEAN WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING LATE OR INCOMPLETE SUBMISSIONS.
Despite criticisms that the Gov-
ernment was rushing it, T&T may
have a new Constitution by the end
of this year.
But Tobagonians are protesting
that the issue of internal self-gov-
ernment for the island was not
addressed in the draft report. They
criticised the commission s expla-
nation that it was the wish of Tobago
House of Assembly (THA) Chief
Secretary Orville London.
An independent commission
should not take instructions from
politicians, said Reginald Dumas,
who served as head of the public
service under previous administra-
Legal Affairs Minister Prakash
Ramadhar spoke of the new Con-
stitution to Tobagonians at a national
consultation on the draft report of
the Constitution Reform Commis-
sion at Signal Hill Secondary School,
Tobago, on Monday.
He and members of the commis-
sion and a team of lawyers visited
the island to hear the views of cit-
izens on the recommendations in
the report, which were arrived at
after 17 national consultations across
Responding to questions from par-
ticipants on what was wrong with
the existing Constitution, Ramadhar,
addressing about 50 people, said:
"Constitutional reform has been
spoken about for so long, maybe one
or two generations.
"We intend to fulfil it in this (par-
liamentary) term. We have been crit-
icised for rushing it. But the matters
raised are nothing new.
"The time for action is now. We
are hoping to achieve it this year."
Ramadhar said the final consul-
tation would be held at the Paria
Suites Hotel today and the commis-
sion hoped to have all responses to
the draft report in by Friday.
The commission would complete
a revisiting of the report by next
Wednesday, after which it would be
presented to Cabinet and then laid
in Parliament, he said.
Dumas, former PNM MP Eudine
Job, and several other citizens who
attended the consultation expressed
their dissatisfaction and disappoint-
ment over the exclusion of the issue
of internal self-government from
Ramadhar repeatedly explained
that in so doing, the commission
was simply following the wishes of
He said in March last year, the
commission visited London and he
made it clear the issue of internal
self-government for Tobago should
not be embroiled in the constitu-
tional reform process.
The THA had already begun the
process of internal self-government
and it would be undermined if inter-
fered with, Ramadhar said.
He said it was out of respect for
the authority of the island that the
commission decided to leave out the
issue of Tobago s internal self-gov-
But Dumas said he was dissatis-
fied. An independent commission
should not take instructions from
politicians, he said.
He added: "It seems the commis-
sion has acceded to the desires of
the Chief Secretary. That can t be
the function of an independent com-
mission to take instructions from
politicians, whoever they may be.
"I can t believe your mandate
included not looking at the THA
Act. The THA has its views but you
can t accede to the wishes of every
"You can t expect people to have
confidence in the report with that
kind of language."
Job said she was disappointed.
"I am very disappointed the Con-
stitution of T&T would totally ignore
the needs of Tobagonian people
based on something the Chief Sec-
retary said," she complained.
She added: "We don t want future
amendments. We want the issue to
be discussed now. What will the final
document say for the people of
"You are telling us absolutely no
consideration was given to how we
feel. The Constitution affects every
single person and their rights. It has
nothing to do with politicians."
Other participants expressed dif-
ferent views. Some felt there was
very little mention of Tobago in the
present Constitution and hence there
was nothing to reform.
Others expressed complete mis-
trust of the Government s attempt
at constitutional reform and called
for complete secession of Tobago
And others, while approving of
some the report s recommendations,
were concerned about aspects which
seemed to question the supremacy
of God in the existing Constitution.
London could not be reached for
Tobago feels undone
by new Constitution
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