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Over $8M in no-bid consultancy contracts for 3 overseas companies

-Under the NDP money pouring out the country between 2012-2016
Winston C. Wilson, whose company Indigo Engineering Caribbean Group Limited got over $420,000 in less than two years. Photo: VINO/File
Leader of the Opposition Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) at left and Premier of the Virgin Islands Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith. Photo: VINO/File
Leader of the Opposition Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) at left and Premier of the Virgin Islands Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI: It appears that the rules of public tender only apply to local companies, as foreign companies can earn millions by just knowing the right Government Ministry or politicians.

In the House of Assembly on May 11, 2017, after questions from Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), it was unearthed that just three overseas companies raked in over $8 Million of taxpayers' dollars without having to bid.

The Virgin Islands (VI) Public Finance Management Regulations require Government to tender any contracts, over $100,000.

However, Cabinet has the power to waive that regimen, if there is an emergency and the project is urgent and has national security implications.

3 overseas companies millions & millions

Over $8 Million of no-bid contracts went to just three companies; Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Baker McKenzie and Indigo Engineering Caribbean Group Limited.

Pricewaterhouse Coopers raked in $2.9 Million of no-bid contracts for services Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) said were for "specialized service that only they could provide."

In addition, Baker McKenzie a law firm got another $4.6 Million over four years of no-bid contracts for legal services for the Ports Project and the proposed Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport runway expansion.

The firm of former Public Works Director Winston C. Wilson, Indigo Engineering Caribbean Group Limited got over $420,000 in less than two years, according to the Premier's answer.

When pressed by Hon Fahie as to why the tender process was not honoured for these contracts and if the tender process is flawed, Dr. Smith said: "nothing is wrong with the tender process, but certain types of expertise require different processes".

26 Responses to “Over $8M in no-bid consultancy contracts for 3 overseas companies”

  • Just saying (23/05/2017, 22:28) Like (44) Dislike (2) Reply
    Wow and we wonder why the uk is coming
  • qc (23/05/2017, 23:02) Like (52) Dislike (4) Reply
    one word CORRUPTION
    • @ qc (23/05/2017, 23:36) Like (39) Dislike (0) Reply
      I wish I could like your comment a billion times. Some people think we are fools
  • Over Look (23/05/2017, 23:13) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    We must seek unity, not division and blame, by voting OUT this government
  • facts man (23/05/2017, 23:19) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    And the cycle of run away spending continues.
  • Bob the Builder (23/05/2017, 23:24) Like (34) Dislike (1) Reply
    I applaud this news site's efforts to protect the innocent and hard paying tax payers of the BVI
  • Bushmaster (23/05/2017, 23:57) Like (30) Dislike (1) Reply
    "nothing is wrong with the tender process, but certain types of expertise require different processes".

    lol what crock of shite!
    • Boo (24/05/2017, 20:27) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Doc think we are all born yesterday. We will send him to put up his feet next elections.
  • right (24/05/2017, 04:09) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Premier must me made to pay back that money to taxpayers from his own bank account. He is behaving as if he is above the law. No wonder the country is broke. I hope none of that money came from Social Security funds. Who can we trust in this government? We have put rats to mind the cheese. Let us hope for a better day.
  • Lord o (24/05/2017, 07:39) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    We only talking in vain. Nobody listen we. Where are all these monies coming from? The BVI economy well need of a fee million dollars infusion.. The place dead..I guess the few people who are doing well could careless about those who are suffering... Sad.
  • voter (24/05/2017, 08:51) Like (8) Dislike (14) Reply
    And next election the same oppressors going back
  • John (24/05/2017, 08:54) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Remarkable work......... getting PWC and Baker & McKenzie to get involved in such blatant corruption.....
  • Cheez, more cheez and bread! (24/05/2017, 11:08) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply

    Look at how all these consultants eating millions out the yin-yang and we the people still have not be presented with something of meaningful interest, like A Nation Building Action Plan for Self-Determination- 2037, or by whatever years agreed upon.

    It has already been exposed why all the noise about independence. However, this was not so much about the people’s interest, but more to do about self-interest.

    With all that is going down right now, we all have better grasped that this whole experience is a WAKE UP CALL to RESET our values of who we are as a people and the direction of where we intend to take our country for generations to come.

    Our ancestors’ story- throughout the diaspora near and far- has been there to teach us many lessons, but that which we have never learned is bound to be repeated- hence our current experience.

    In essence- we must RESET OUR STORY- work towards A Nation Building Action Plan for Self-Determination- or accept what is coming to us and our descendants.

    • Wow! (24/05/2017, 15:05) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Cheez, more cheez and bread! Wow! This is deep stuff. I am sure many who are aware will agree.

      The next upcoming election and campaigns must be focused on NATION BUILDING: producing food for our people; EDUCATION that does not make us subservient and begging for jobs, but masters of our destinies; supporting our people in building successful businesses for sustainable economic prosperity; aligning ourselves with national and international alliances and partners who share our vision (for national security and other compatible interests). Period!

  • go from here (24/05/2017, 16:01) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP for outsiders only
  • my run (24/05/2017, 16:04) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Seems like the foreign companies were eat out of palm of doc's hand?
  • quito (24/05/2017, 16:05) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    "millions and millions and more"
  • i wanna know (24/05/2017, 16:14) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    • wize up (24/05/2017, 16:54) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
      @ I wanna know....the students saying 5 million some of us no longer hand-to-mouth as a matter of fact some walks in pay 60k up-front for transportation: some gone jail for a dime bag but the white collar crew out walking free!!!!..students if you desire to become rich quickly in BVI run for political office????
      • ... (25/05/2017, 15:13) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        The ndp didn’t put their hand in the cookie jar. The ndp gone with the whole jar.
  • Jack B. (25/05/2017, 02:47) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The strangest thing is the Naivety and blind loyalty amongst this group. We can't find one courageous, Gidly Love people, love Country member stand up, speak up, speak out and walk out.... That one Heroe the so require at this time.... Stop FN blaming the Whites. Its our own that have us back in slavery... Are we blind?
  • ... (25/05/2017, 15:16) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is Corporate Welfare. under NDP the rich making out big time
  • vex (25/05/2017, 22:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    If you can't find one decent local company who can do this work you are a mean, stingy, unreasonable slave master type
  • persia (25/05/2017, 22:54) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    the bvi is ah Banana republic fi true.
  • hey (26/05/2017, 22:58) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Disgraceful. Some of these people make u wonder if they hiding something why they dont wanna change things.
  • qc (28/05/2017, 20:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Even when a thief is caught in the act with stolen goods, the thief will always tell you that it wasn't him.

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