Advertisement Notice – Santa Elena Government Preschool Substitution, Santa Elena Town, Cayo District, Belize


The Government of Belize (GOBZ) has received financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) towards the cost of Eligible Sub-projects and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this financing to eligible payments under this contract. Payment by CDB will be made only at the request of (GOBZ) and upon approval by CDB and will be subject, in all respects, to the terms and conditions of the Financing Agreement. The Financing Agreement prohibits withdrawal from the financing account for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities, or for any import of goods, if such payment or import, to the knowledge of CDB, is prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations. No party other than (GOBZ) shall derive any rights from the Financing Agreement or have any claim to the proceeds of the Financing.

The Project is being implemented by the Ministry of Finance through the Belize Social Investment Fund (BSIF). BSIF has contracted Consultants who will assist the GOBZ with delivering the Project. The Consultants have prepared designs and contract documentation and will assist in tender administration
and evaluation and supervise Project activities.

BSIF now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for Santa Elena Government Preschool Substitution, Santa Elena Town, Cayo District, Belize

The works include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Construction of an open-concept single-story preschool building with a useable floor area of approximately 3,350 ft2. The building shall house two (2) open-concept classroom spaces, a kitchenette, two (2) teachers’ and students’ restroom facilities, two (2) showers, a covered verandah, storage facilities, an access ramp for persons with diverse disabilities, etc. The building includes provisions for furniture in the form of child-friendly tables and chairs along with preschool toys and equipment. Provision for the installation of electrical, plumbing, water supply, and wastewater systems will also be included. The construction of site fencing, walkways, earthworks, and the provision of landscaping services shall also be provided.

Firms whether bidding individually or in the form of a Joint Venture, shall:

  • be legally incorporated or otherwise organized in, and have their principal place of business in an Eligible Country;
  • be more than fifty (50) percent beneficially owned by a citizen or citizens and/or a bona fide resident or residents of an Eligible Country, or by a body corporate or bodies meeting these requirements, as far as the ownership can be reasonably determined; and
  • shall have no arrangement and undertake not to make any arrangement whereby the majority of the financial benefits of the contract, i.e. more than fifty (50) percent of the value of the contract, will accrue or be paid to sub-contractors or sub-consultants that are not from an Eligible Country.

Eligible countries are member countries of CDB. Bidders are advised to review the detailed eligibility criteria detailed in Section 4 and conflict of interest provisions in Section 5 of the Procurement Procedures for Projects Financed by CDB (January, 2021), as published on CDB’s website.

Eligible bidders will be required to submit full qualification information with their bids establishing their eligibility to bid and qualification to perform the contract if the bid is accepted. Tender and qualification information are to be submitted in the English Language on the prescribed forms inserted in the Bid Documents. Submissions that do not provide the information required, or do not demonstrate the prospective contractor’s ability to perform satisfactorily, will not qualify and will not be considered for further evaluation.

Qualification requirements include, inter alia:

  • an average annual turnover (defined as certified payments received for works in progress or completed) within the last five years of at least Five Hundred Thousand Belize dollars (BZD $500,000.00 mn);
  • a demonstrable cash flow (including access to credit) of sixty thousand Belize dollars (BZD$60,000.00); and
  • experience as prime contractor in the construction assignments of nature, scope, and complexity comparable to the proposed project activity within the last five (5) years (to comply with this requirement, works quoted should be at least 80 percent complete).

Bidding Documents may be obtained by eligible bidders from the first address below for a nonrefundable fee of BZD $50.00. Requests may be made by written application including email. Written applications must be clearly marked: “Request for Bidding Documents for the Santa Elena Government Preschool Substitution, Santa Elena Town, Cayo District, Belize”, along with the name, address and contact information of the bidder for which Bidding Documents are being requested. The method of payment will be by cash deposited to, or Bank transfer to the Social Investment Fund’s bank account only. A request for the Social Investment Fund’s banking details can be made at the address below. The Social Investment Fund is not accepting cash payment currently.

Submissions in sealed envelopes clearly marked “Bid for the Santa Elena Government Preschool Substitution, Santa Elena Town, Cayo District, Belize”, must be received at the address below not later than 10:00 a.m. on 8 th July 2024. Bid opening will take place immediately after the deadline for submission at the address below in the presence of bidders representatives who choose to attend.

All bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security of BZD $5,000.00. Late bids will be rejected.

A Pre-bid meeting with interested eligible bidders will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11th 2024 at Santa Elena Government Preschool, Santa Elena Town, Cayo District, Belize Bidders can participate in the meeting; whereby, queries will be addressed. Bidders are urged to attend.

The Government of Belize reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, and to annul the process and reject all bids, at any time prior to award of contract, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected prospective bidder(s) or any obligation to inform the affected prospective bidder(s) of the grounds for the Government of Belize’s action. The Government of Belize will not defray any costs incurred by any bidder in the preparation of bids.

Address for Correspondence:

Contact: Angeles Itzab
Senior Procurement Officer
Social Investment Fund
3rd Floor, #1902 Constitution Drive
Belmopan Cayo District
Tel: 822-0239/822-0508

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