Local engineers and contractors are being advised to get prepared for global competition.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has given the advice ahead of a parliament debate on the draft Contract and Procurement bill and in the midst of much discourse on the hiring of foreign contractors for local projects.
At Monday’s contract-signing ceremony for the Pointe Mitchel sea defense and road project, awarded to Barbados-based C.O Williams Construction Limited, Skerrit cautioned that competition will get tougher as regional integration moves ahead.
“In our commitments under the single market and economy at the Caricom level, there will be nothing called local contractors as opposed to regional contractors,” he said, emphasizing that all companies in the region for instance, will be given similar privileges “and therefore there’ll be no disparity in terms of the conditions you can set on any of these companies”.
Dominica has meanwhile been affording contracts to local contractors in order to boost their skills and by extension gain greater experience, according to Prime Minister Skerrit.
It is hoped the draft Contract and Procurement bill will be passed at the next sitting of Parliament.