Government puts port business plan out for bid

| 02/05/2013

cruise ship at port.JPG(CNS): The government will be publishing a request for proposals on Friday for a consultant firm to draw up the strategic business plan and other essential supporting documents on which it will be able to put together a tendering package for the cruise port facilities. The actual cruise berthing port project will eventually be tendered based on this plan and go through a proper competitive bid. Government has admitted that the project won’t break ground until next year, but with the project now on track towards an internationally accepted process, the chief officer in the tourism ministry confirmed that the cruise port will be started and completed within the time frame of the next administration.

The ongoing saga of the cruise port development, which is now likely to be developed in partnership with the cruise lines, is now following a process approved by the UK. When the new government takes office on 23 May, the RFP responses to the business plan will already be in and awaiting a selection by a technical committee and ultimately the Central Tenders Committee.

The minister currently overseeing the project, Cline Glidden, said the contract for the business plan would likely go to one of the big management accountant firms on the island and that in turn will feed the RFP for the actual project itself. Although Glidden was hopeful that a contract could be awarded before the year-end, his chief officer clarified that it would likely take a bit longer for the RFP to be put together for the project itself, which would push the start date into 2014.

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  1. The Parliamentarian says:

    Bad government!  Bad!  Go sit in corner!!

  2. The lone haranguer rides again! says:

    I hope this is just last minute maneuvering to try and save their jobs, because we seemed to have wasted a lot of time and money thru our scheming politicians already.
    One more bite at the apple.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Once again, without any passenger arrival guarantees, or assurance of financial backing from the liners that claim to require a port, they ram forward on the pronouncement that the port will be built.  They aren't concerned at all about whether it makes any financial sense to build one, or even if boats will come if they do.  Something for some future administrations to deal with…and mistakes that our grandchildren will be paying for.  Can someone please wake us from this nightmare!

  4. Truth says:

    The ability to read a business plan is useless if there is not the intelligence and discipline to follow it.  See the problem?  Can you see a solution?  If not how about the inevitable and often repeated outcome of this plan by Caymanian Government?  Can you at least see that?  CIG can do nothing with a plan.   They need magic beans.

    • Old Sea Captain says:

      Did the Governor announce that the elections scheduled for May 22nd has ben cancelled? Reading this makes one believe that there will be no elections. No one in their right mind would take this seriously, The new Government that takes over on May 23rd will deal with this. If you'll want to do something before you leave, release the PWC report on the for Dart alliance agreement now! I remember in November 2012 Mark Scotland told Austin Harris on Rooster that the PWC report would be released 'next week'.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I wouldn't be suroprised is noone take this seriously…

  6. Anonymous says:

    What we fail to realize is that most of the independents runningn including the PNA members are all going to team back up with Mckeeva after they are voted in.  C4C is funded heaviliy by Maples, and Maples need this so that they can get back in control, why do you all think Jude Scott is running.  Please open your eyes and see the deception that is going on here.  

  7. Anonymous says:

    cig has not got to experience or the competence to enter any such deal……

    when will we ever have an honest debate on the limitations of caymanian politicians and civil servants???

  8. Anonymous says:

    If a UDP government is in power, then the whole process will be flawed and twisted in Macs

     friends favor…watch and see… and only one guess who will be "project manager".

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      • Anonymous says:

        Stunningly brilliant comment 08.08. Never seen here before. Truly a wit to be in awe of.

    • Anonymous says:

      Lets pray they get it right this time…no hiding, everything transparent…I think its the last chance before all the ships stop coming here out of frustration at the idiots they have had to deal with..

      • Anonymous says:

        It's wrong right out of the gate!  They're going to build it, they claim, without any guarantees of anything!  So says the big man from the Tourism Dept of the tiny Caribbean country under attack from every western government, and with hundreds of millions in maturing debt we can barely service!  Good plan!   

        • Anonymous says:

          So if you buy something from me I have to guarantee it for life and that it will make you money too? Think you should wear a hat in the sun my friend…