Liberia’s National Port Authority (NPA) has contracted the services of Kalmar West Africa for the supply of Container Forklift for use at the Port of Greenville in Sinoe County.
Speaking during the signing ceremony last Friday at the Port Authority’s headquarters in Monrovia, NPA Managing Director David Williams said the signing ceremony marks the first of several procurable items contracts to be concluded under the terms and conditions of the Kuwaiti Loan for the rehabilitation of the Greenville Port in Sinoe County. Mr. Williams signed on behalf of NPA and Mr. Juan Roel Moreno signed for Kalmar West Africa.
The NPA Boss Williams disclosed that the management team is in the process of concluding the contracts for the supply of marine crafts (tug boats, pilot boat and patrol boat) with SMIT Lamnalco and J.A. Delmas, for the supply of one Log Loader.
He stated that the contracts are being negotiated with the entities that were the most responsive bidders after an International Competitive Bidding (ICB) procurement method and the required bid evaluation and due diligence process for each procurable item were carried out.
And as a matter of requirement, Mr. Williams said the bidding process results with all associated documentations were sent to PPCC requesting no objections to award contracts to the most responsive bidders. PPCC approved all but two: the request to award contracts for the supply of Reach Stacker and Aids to Navigation. A new bidding process is underway for the additional two items.
In 2012, the NPA management through the Government of Liberia entered into a loan agreement with the Kuwait Fund for funding to rehabilitate the Port of Greenville in Sinoe County. Under the terms of that loan agreement, funding was allocated for the following items: Navigational Aids, Security and Electrical Equipment, Marine Crafts, Cargo Handling Equipment, Institutional Support and Contingencies. The first bidding process in 2015 under Mr. Williams’ management team yielded quotations from the bidders that were far above budgetary allocations. As a result, the NPA duly cancelled the bid as is permissible and started a new process, having sought the permission of the Kuwait Fund to reduce the scope of purchase.
The NPA Managing Director said this first contract with Kalmar West Africa, valued at US$368,123.92, was drafted with the help of the Ministry of Justice and has been forwarded to the Ministries of Justice and Finance and Development Planning for attestation. All subsequent contracts US$250,000 and above will be similarly drafted and forwarded to the Ministries of Justice and Finance and Development Planning for attestation as required under the Public Financial Management law, Mr. Williams intimated. After the two ministries attest, the completed contract with all associated documents will be forwarded to the Kuwait Fund for payment to the suppliers per the terms of the agreement.
In a related development, the Management of the National Port Authority also reported that the process for the pavement of internal roads, automating the financial systems, dredging of the Freeport of Monrovia and the rehabilitation of the Port of Harper are well on course. Mr. Williams concluded that the NPA Management team has made commitments to the government about projects deliverables and remains focused on delivering on all project already outlined and approved by the Board of Directors.