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'$1M in equipment sourced from China without tendering' - Hon Vanterpool

-Minister confirmed that Government bypassed tender procedures to source the road building equipment from a Chinese company
Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) disclosed that $1 million of road paving equipment was supplied by a Chinese company without being subjected to the tendering process. Photo: VINO/File
He was at the time responding to questions posed to him by Honourable Andrew A Fahie (R1) during the First Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Second House of Assembly on Monday November 10, 2014. Photo: VINO
He was at the time responding to questions posed to him by Honourable Andrew A Fahie (R1) during the First Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Second House of Assembly on Monday November 10, 2014. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) disclosed that $1 million of road paving equipment was supplied by a Chinese company without being subjected to the tendering process.

He was at the time responding to questions posed to him by Honourable Andrew A Fahie (R1) during the First Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Second House of Assembly on Monday November 10, 2014.

“Madam Speaker, would the Honourable Minister for Communications and Works please tell this Honourable House whether or not the approximately one million dollars ($ 1,000,000) of road paving equipment that he announced that Government had purchased and was due into Port Purcell was tendered? If no, why not? If yes, state when and in what form was the tender done; and provide the name of the company and the local representative and their address for each of the road paving equipment vendors that submitted tenders, inclusive of the vendor selected,” Hon Fahie asked.

In response, Hon Vanterpool said, “Madam Speaker, the answer for ‘A’ the answer is yes. Quotations were sought from manufacturers and suppliers of the specialized equipment. Six quotations were received by the Public Works Department and evaluation was conducted and the results submitted to Cabinet for a decision.”

He said on February 14, 2014 Cabinet approved the purchase of approximately $1 million of specialized infrastructural works equipment directly from a company called Wuhan Kudat Industry & Trade Co. Ltd out of China.

“Madam Speaker the Ministry of Communications and Works made a direct purchase from Wuhan Kudat Industry & Trade Co. of China. There was no local representative for the company,” the Minister said.

“Is the Minister saying that they sourced for the equipment and not tendered for the equipment? Hon Fahie inquired in a follow up question.

Hon Vanterpool responded, “Madam Speaker in the sense of the regular tender process through the procurement [mechanisms] of the Government, it was not done that way. There were six manufacturers and supply companies who were asked for quotations. The Public Works Department recommended one to Cabinet and Cabinet made the approval of that company.”

25 Responses to “'$1M in equipment sourced from China without tendering' - Hon Vanterpool ”

  • one eye (12/11/2014, 15:45) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    so who is the china minister?
  • farmer brown (12/11/2014, 16:02) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    One word corruption
  • pat (12/11/2014, 16:19) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Where is the governor?
  • bvi (12/11/2014, 16:24) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    I ask my beloved BVI to becareful with this type of Chinese connection. Before you know it they will own the BVI.
  • David (12/11/2014, 16:24) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Absolutely hubris.
  • well saw (12/11/2014, 16:32) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    These NDP guys are going to be rich when this 4 years is up. They ain't playing this time. They doing what they have to do bold face & each one backing each one up.
  • Let's be fair (12/11/2014, 16:36) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't mind a minister in the NDP's private company getting major orders & in return pay from the government they are in but that's provided that the process is fully transparent & everyone gets equal opportunity. Somehow this doesn't seem to be the case here. Look corruption.
    • Hmm (12/11/2014, 22:19) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      The Minister company sent a quotation but did not get the contract. But who cares about facts. It's Chinese so it's Ronnie. I guess he brings all the iPhones, Jordans, vehicles and other shit into the country as well.
  • ooooo (12/11/2014, 17:39) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    pure curruption...same politician bringing in all these junk from china
  • Tender Process (12/11/2014, 17:40) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    Cmon there is no issue here. The Minister clearly explained that there was a tender process. If 6 quotations were received and Cabinet decision made. How much more of a tender process you want. Stupes!!!
  • DON Q (12/11/2014, 19:15) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    Ndp must go!
  • virgin gorda (12/11/2014, 19:16) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    Stups ............some of my people ack like they don't have sence or don't read we hate too see our own being progressive come on it don't matter who is giving us lead way you like or don't, come on an rally around the progressive people an be leaders and not followers these things the minister putting in place for us and our country is long over due if you read the news he's becoming a star in the the news working and at the same time being ridicule by the opposition
  • Take Heed (12/11/2014, 20:22) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    We have been warned to be careful with the Chinese..hm who don't hear will certainly feel.
  • ronnie and para (12/11/2014, 23:15) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I give the business over to someone so no conflict
  • virgin (13/11/2014, 09:39) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    We make comments why the machines were not been purchase from America but why should we when America also purchase from Chine it's time to cutt out the middle man Real talk
  • Same sh$$t different day (13/11/2014, 17:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    C R I M I N A L S !!!!!!!!! We The People Of The Virgin Islands are Firing The NDP Government. The Governor needs to go too.
  • Citizen (13/11/2014, 18:16) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    The road infrastructure is in such bad shape. We finally got some machinery to move forward with addressing the roads we have been complaining about for decades. But all you guys can do is find negative mess to say that has no grounds. Buying directly from China saved hundreds of thousands of dollars. Facts show that no Minister is getting proceeds from the purchase. I am glad the machinery is finally here so that I can drive on some decent roads in the near future. Grow up and start thinking for yourselves or simply start thinking.
  • stupid (13/11/2014, 22:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Question asked answer made. Wow wow wow


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