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Published 25th May 2012, 2:41pm

In Grand Cayman during May 17-18th 2012, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) hosted a Procurement Workshop on ‘CDB Revised Guidelines for the Selection and Engagement of Consultants’. The workshop was delivered by Mr. Norman Cameron, Head of Procurement at the CDB to approximately 30 senior officials of Government Ministries and those employees involved in the implementation of projects in the Cayman Islands Government.

The opening ceremony held at the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman was attended by the Financial Secretary, Mr. Ken Jefferson. Opening remarks were delivered Mr. Nick Freeland Chairman of the Central Tenders Committee (CTC), which is the key oversight body of government spending and value for money in the Cayman Islands, on behalf of the Country’s Ministry of Finance. The Chairman noted that the workshop was timely as the country reviews and reforms its’ current procurement framework.  He further acknowledged that improving CTC oversight required increasing technical capacities of personnel with this workshop beneficial to those persons with procurement responsibilities.

The new CDB’s guidelines represent  a major revision reflecting harmonization among the world’s development banks to reduce borrower’s administrative burdens, increase cost effectiveness and impart ‘best practice’ in the procurement process. Over the two days, participants were introduced to the main selection methods, types of contract and important contract terms and issues of mis-procurement, conflicts of interest, fraud and corruption.  Further participants also benefited from learning the processes and data inputs required for the preparation and issuance for Request for Proposals.

The was fifth such workshop to be held in the Bank’s borrowing member countries with similar workshops already completed in St. Lucia, Belize, Jamaica and Grenada. The materials from the workshop will be posted shortly on our website: www.centraltenders.gov.ky or you may contact Shanna.Saunders-Best - Secretary CTC at 244-1622 or shanna.saunders@gov.ky.

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