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'Rethink procurement rules after natural disasters' - E. Benito Wheatley

-says economic conditions in post-disaster societies should be considered
Mr E. Benito Wheatley, the Virgin Islands (VI) Special Envoy for the Government, has called on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and international partners to reexamine approaches to procurement after a natural disaster. Photo: Provided
According to E. Benito Wheatley, the economic conditions in a post-disaster society need to be carefully considered in terms of procurement of contracts in the immediate aftermath and early recovery period of an affected country. Photo: VINO/File
According to E. Benito Wheatley, the economic conditions in a post-disaster society need to be carefully considered in terms of procurement of contracts in the immediate aftermath and early recovery period of an affected country. Photo: VINO/File
WASHINGTON DC, USA - Mr E. Benito Wheatley, the Virgin Islands (VI) Special Envoy for the Government, has called on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and international partners to reexamine approaches to procurement after a natural disaster.

This is according to a release where Mr Wheatley served as a lead speaker at a roundtable for the annual Caribbean American Leadership Dialogue held at the Longworth House Congressional Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on November 21, 2019.

During the roundtable themed, ‘Policy and Legislative Challenges & Opportunities for Enabling Resilient Island Futures,’ the Special Envoy of the Premier argued that adjustments to both domestic procurement rules and international procurement processes are needed in the immediate aftermath and early recovery period of SIDS from a hurricane or catastrophic event to help stabilise the economy and accelerate recovery.

Consider Economic Conditions - Mr Wheatley 

According to Mr Wheatley, “The economic conditions in a post-disaster society need to be carefully considered in terms of procurement of contracts in the immediate aftermath and early recovery period of an affected country. In many Small Island Developing States government accounts for a significant share of economic activity through the buying and purchasing of goods and services from domestic contractors and suppliers," he said. 

"This dynamic becomes even more pronounced in the aftermath of a catastrophic event when other sectors and drivers of economic activity have been wiped out. International partners need to understand this reality and help to ensure that as much income as possible remains within the economy and is spread as far and wide as possible across the society.”

With that, Mr Wheatley said that Government contracts driving recovery should economically have a strong multiplier effect, as opposed to resulting in vast sums of money leaving the economy.

He said this will deprive communities and families of much needed financial resources to sustain themselves during a period of reduced economic activity. 

10 Responses to “'Rethink procurement rules after natural disasters' - E. Benito Wheatley”

  • GCB (30/11/2019, 11:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bright youth, continue making the BVI proud and representing us!
  • jack (30/11/2019, 11:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    According to Mr Wheatley, “The economic conditions in a post-disaster society need to be carefully considered in terms of procurement of contracts in the immediate aftermath and early recovery period of an affected country. In many Small Island Developing States government accounts for a significant share of economic activity through the buying and purchasing of goods and services from domestic contractors and suppliers. This is absolutely true, and one of the reasons the Loan agreement has to be renegotiated, 100% agree with this.
  • ann (30/11/2019, 11:47) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    He will be the bvi first ambassador to the un
    • Bvislander, Spring valley NY (30/11/2019, 18:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ann, 100% correct. And when it happens, that is when the BVI is going to get to the place where it is suppose to be.
  • E. Leonard (30/11/2019, 13:01) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    The VI, along with its sister regional countries, is highly vulnerable to a number of hydrometerological and geological events, ie, hurricanes, storm surges, torrential rain, floods, volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis.......etc. it is not if but when the VI will be hit by a natural disaster, eg, hurricanes( still officially in hurricane season but it looks as if it got a reprieve this year). As such, the territory should a robust response and recovery plan for when a disaster strikes. The territory should have emergency procurement/acquisition procedures in place to roll out when disaster strikes. For example, it should have a number of Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity(IDIQ) contracts in place, ie, road clearing, debris collection, food services, health services, water supply, emergency power (port generators.....etc), ghut clearing, port shelters ..........etc.
    • Inquisitive (30/11/2019, 13:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @E. Leonard, what is an IDIQ contract?
      • E. Leonard (01/12/2019, 06:52) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Inquisitive,simply, IDIQ is a form of contracting for an indefinite quantity of goods or services during a specific time. The delivery time for goods or services is as needed; requests are issued through a delivery or task order. For example, supplying 5 KW portable generators after a hurricane or other disasters. IDIQ are typically used for job order contracting (JOC), architectural-engineering (A-E) services.....etc and come with a base year term (ie 5 years) with option to renew, minimum/maximum quantities, pre pricing......etc. IDIQ contracts are ideal for rapid response needs, ie, demands after a hurricane.
  • asking for a friend (01/12/2019, 01:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why dont some of you stick to the topic at hand?
  • Windy (03/12/2019, 11:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What procurement rules ? They’ve never followed any rules (or laws) for anything


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