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We, the people need, “ FREEDOM OF INFORMATION”

Now that the present administration is under the “ microscope” it is time to examine

some of the items which are currently unresolved.

1)      Procurement Regulation SR0 11/12.

 In 2013 his Excellency and the Hon Premier announced that GoM intended to repeal

the said regulations. After due consideration they were forced to agree that such behaviour could have a major impact on the delivery of aid ( Ref MoU 2012).

Instead they announced that a $70,000 contract had been issued to a “Consultant” to

draw up a revised version of SRO 11/12.

What progress has been made and where is the draft of the new regulations for the

People to comment upon?

2)      M.D.C. reportedly has applied for an individual set of procurement regulations just for itself.

M.D.C. is a wholly owned arm of GoM funded by DFID. Why should it want or be allowed to draw up a set of rules for itself?

3) Why has MDC issued direct labour contracts which are not permitted by SRO 11/12, even though the Hon Premier said he had the authority to over rule the

regulations when this is not the case.

4) An Expression of Interest (EoI) for the provision of a “Twin Otter” aircraft was raised. How many concerns

applied and what was the result?

5) An EoI for a purpose built ferry was raised. A “ Consultant “ was employed to draw up the design specification. Where is it and when will tenders be issued for its

design and manufacture?

6) An EoI for the provision of a high speed optical fibre cable link was issued.

DFID indicated the link would be in operation by mid 2015. Where are the details of the interested parties, what were the individual offerings, AND where are the tender specifications for the contract?

7) DFID has agreed to fund the cost of drilling a third geothermal production well.

IT is NOT TOO LATE to ensure that the gross mistakes related to wells 1 and 2

are not repeated and a much more professional tender specification is raised

and its contents enforced to the letter!

8) Where is the DFID document covering the 2014 budgetary negotiations, this should have been available by May, why NOT.?

9) As the aid budget is not clearly identified what will happen if monies are being spent to bolster the present administration to the detriment of any incoming government?

10) It appears that our new hospital has grown and will now have 4 floors.

What is the reasoning for such a change, where is the additional finance to come from

and might such monies be better spent on equipment and services?

Is this so that we can cater for medical tourism or is it for the use of a select few.?

11) When will the names of the members of the seven (7) sub committees be made public, so that we, the people may address our questions and concerns to the various groups?

12) The terms and conditions of any deal between GoM and outside groups are

NOT a private matter. When will the present administration make the contract details

known to the people?

We all need to know who will benefit. We do not want to be told that as in the matter of the scrap metal from zone C there is no financial return or gain to the government.

Thanks in advance,

S.R.W.

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Now that the present administration is under the “ microscope” it is time to examine

some of the items which are currently unresolved.

1)      Procurement Regulation SR0 11/12.

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 In 2013 his Excellency and the Hon Premier announced that GoM intended to repeal

the said regulations. After due consideration they were forced to agree that such behaviour could have a major impact on the delivery of aid ( Ref MoU 2012).

Instead they announced that a $70,000 contract had been issued to a “Consultant” to

draw up a revised version of SRO 11/12.

What progress has been made and where is the draft of the new regulations for the

People to comment upon?

2)      M.D.C. reportedly has applied for an individual set of procurement regulations just for itself.

M.D.C. is a wholly owned arm of GoM funded by DFID. Why should it want or be allowed to draw up a set of rules for itself?

3) Why has MDC issued direct labour contracts which are not permitted by SRO 11/12, even though the Hon Premier said he had the authority to over rule the

regulations when this is not the case.

4) An Expression of Interest (EoI) for the provision of a “Twin Otter” aircraft was raised. How many concerns

applied and what was the result?

5) An EoI for a purpose built ferry was raised. A “ Consultant “ was employed to draw up the design specification. Where is it and when will tenders be issued for its

design and manufacture?

6) An EoI for the provision of a high speed optical fibre cable link was issued.

DFID indicated the link would be in operation by mid 2015. Where are the details of the interested parties, what were the individual offerings, AND where are the tender specifications for the contract?

7) DFID has agreed to fund the cost of drilling a third geothermal production well.

IT is NOT TOO LATE to ensure that the gross mistakes related to wells 1 and 2

are not repeated and a much more professional tender specification is raised

and its contents enforced to the letter!

8) Where is the DFID document covering the 2014 budgetary negotiations, this should have been available by May, why NOT.?

9) As the aid budget is not clearly identified what will happen if monies are being spent to bolster the present administration to the detriment of any incoming government?

10) It appears that our new hospital has grown and will now have 4 floors.

What is the reasoning for such a change, where is the additional finance to come from

and might such monies be better spent on equipment and services?

Is this so that we can cater for medical tourism or is it for the use of a select few.?

11) When will the names of the members of the seven (7) sub committees be made public, so that we, the people may address our questions and concerns to the various groups?

12) The terms and conditions of any deal between GoM and outside groups are

NOT a private matter. When will the present administration make the contract details

known to the people?

We all need to know who will benefit. We do not want to be told that as in the matter of the scrap metal from zone C there is no financial return or gain to the government.

Thanks in advance,

S.R.W.