Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Minister of Planning and Development, the Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis hands a token to His Excellency Mr. David Newman, High Commissioner designate for the Republic of Botswana.

Diversification, education, renewable energy, financial services and cross functionality of Governmental operations were the key areas of discussion for technical collaboration and support between the Minister of Planning and Development the Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis and the High Commissioner designate for the Republic of Botswana, Mr. David Newman.  Mr. Newman is due to present his credentials to His Excellency Anthony Carmona soon.  Minister Robinson-Regis shared the view that Trinidad and Tobago possesses the capacity in all of the areas mentioned to be a strong partner and is willing to work with the Ambassador to create a solid partnership.  There is a shortage of surface water in Botswana and exploration activities have discovered water in the aquifer deep underground, this opens up opportunities for drilling companies with experience in the energy sector from Trinidad and Tobago.  Ambassador Newman also made note of Trinidad and Tobago’s strong tertiary institutions and is looking for opportunities for sharing in this field.  The Government of Botswana is exploring diversification away from mining and its dependence on fossil fuels, namely coal, and seeks to work further with Trinidad and Tobago in this regard.  There are also opportunities to work together to identify means of developing sources renewable energy.

Diplomatic relations between Trinidad and Tobago and Botswana were established in 1998 and have remained cordial with cooperation over the years remaining primarily in multilateral fora such as the UN.  Possibilities for trade and developmental partnerships do exist and Minister Robinson-Regis is keen on exploring these opportunities.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Ministry of Planning and Development




Programme Sector: Integration and Trade


The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago has received financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) towards the cost of the Global Services Promotion Programme, and intends to apply part of the proceeds to the engagement of an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Consultant to provide substantive expert technical ICT advice and support to ensure that the GSI Hub is outfitted with the leading-edge technology and ICT infrastructure to support the delivery of the expected results and services in accordance with best practices and international standards.


The Ministry of Planning and Development now invites eligible individuals to indicate their interest in providing the Services by submitting their cover letter and curriculum vitae detailing information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services in accordance with the Terms of Reference and using the curriculum vitae format (available at Requests for information can be submitted to the e-mail address below.


Individuals will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the Inter-American Development Bank: Policies for the Selection and Contracting of Consultants financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (GN-2350-9). Expressions of Interest (cover letter and curriculum vitae) from individuals (not firms) must be delivered by 4 pm (local time) on February 15, 2017 to addressed as follows:


Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Planning and Development

Attention: Programme Manager

Global Services Promotion Programme

Ministry of Planning and Development

Level 3, Global Services Internationalization Hub

No. 25 Ramsaran Street Chaguanas

Trinidad and Tobago


To access the supporting documents visit

On January 27, 2014 the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, through the Ministry of Planning and Development (MPD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) entered into a contract for the Global Services Offshoring Promotion Programme (TT-L1038), to support the advancement of Trinidad and Tobago’s positioning as a renowned location for global provision of Information Technology enabled Services (ITeS). The programme, which is currently being executed by the Ministry of Planning and Development, is expected to increase exports and employment in the ITeS sector in Trinidad and Tobago, through sector-specific training and support services, investment promotion and branding and capacity building to improve the business climate and regulatory framework. The direct beneficiaries of the Programme are students, the unemployed and underemployed who will receive training in the Global Services Internationalization Hub; exporting ITeS companies who require additional qualified labour to scale their exports; and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) who wish to increase their export capacity, based on the Program components described below. In order to achieve these objectives, the Program is comprised three main components.
Component I. Global Services Internationalization Hub (GSI Hub)
The establishment of a Global Services Internationalization Hub (GSI Hub) to provide technological infrastructure enabling plug-and-play operations for investors; and workspaces for students and local service providers designed to foster networking, collaboration and research and development, sector-specific internationalization training, career advisement, job placement, technical, export readiness training and support services targeted to companies and entrepreneurs in the ITeS industry as well as space for rent by companies in the ITeS industry.
Component II. Investment Promotion and Sector Branding
Investment promotion and branding with the design and implementation of a sector branding campaign and global services promotion forums to provide Trinidad & Tobago with a unified communication strategy for promoting the ITeS sector internationally including:
                                      i.      Sector branding campaign
                                    ii.      Diaspora Engagement for Internationalization
                                  iii.      Sector Data Collection and Analysis
Component III. Capacity Building to Update Policy and Regulatory Framework
The objective of this component is to improve the Business climate and improve and update the regulatory framework and build capacity for the ITeS sector which includes the implementation of policies, legislation, administrative regulations and best practices that are needed to in key areas such as intellectual property, electronic payments and financial regulations.
To ensure that the targets in relation to the establishment of the GSI Hub are met the Ministry of Planning and Development is seeking to engage the services of an individual to provide expert technical ICT advice to ensure that the Programme’s activities are executed in a manner that is in keeping with international standards and global best practices.
To provide substantive expert technical ICT advice and support to ensure that the GSI Hub is outfitted with the leading-edge technology and ICT infrastructure to support the delivery of the expected results of the Programme and services in accordance with best practices and international standards.
The selected individual will be responsible undertaking an assessment of the available space, project’s objectives, similar projects and facilities globally and provide specialist advice on the Network and ICT requirements (including Internet Bandwidth), Scope of Works and Services required to achieve the expected outputs, whilst satisfying the relevant Standards. The scope of work shall include but not be limited to the following:
       I.            Undertake an assessment of the site, the project’s requirements and international best practices. Review the project’s objectives, research similar concepts globally to understand standards, conduct site visits and stakeholder meetings to understand the project’s requirements, target audience and expected outcomes.
II.        Determine Network and other ICT requirements as follows:
       Based on the needs, market and site assessment propose a Network Design concept and high level ICT plan for the project. Refine the concept based on stakeholder comments.
       Map out detailed Network Design and ICT plan for optimal service delivery inclusive of broad Network Design from an operational level incorporating both functional and non-functional requirements, hardware and software for the fulfilment of the objectives.
       Define requirements inclusive of Scope of Work, detailed Terms of Reference for ICT Infrastructure, Bill of Materials to build out the recommended network including all technical specifications for software and hardware proposed as well as all other requirements to bring the GSI Hub to a state of readiness from an ICT standpoint and to maintain, manage and upgrade the system.
III.       Assist with the Selection of Firm to undertake the work and provide Oversight. Participate in the evaluation process for the selection of a suitable firm to undertake the necessary work, select, procure and install the necessary hardware and software. Provide oversight in the selection, installation and commissioning of the network and ICT equipment at the GSI Hub.
Site, project and market assessment report presenting findings of the research undertaken and informing of the international best practice.
 1 week
Network Design and ICT plan. Submit a network design for optimal service delivery inclusive of broad network design from an operational level incorporating both functional and non-functional requirements to ensure the fulfilment of the objectives.
4 weeks
A detailed report clearly specifying requirements network and other ICT requirements inclusive of scope of work, detailed Terms of Reference for ICT Infrastructure, technical specifications for software and hardware proposed as well as all other requirements to bring the GSI Hub to a state of readiness from and ICT standpoint.
3 weeks
Technical recommendations report.   Based on the evaluation of firms undertaken, prepare a report summarising technical recommendations for inclusion in the evaluation report for the Selection of Firm to undertake the work.
1 week
Progress reports. Provide oversight in the installation and commissioning of the network and ICT equipment at the GSI Hub and prepare weekly progress reports.
3 weeks
The reports and deliverables shall be submitted to the Programme Manager for comments and revision by the consultant before final acceptance. The reports will conform to a format approved by the Programme Manager.
All reports shall be provided in soft copy and become the property of the Ministry of Planning and Development. Additionally, as requested by the Programme Manager, the Consultant may be required to make presentations to the project team and other key stakeholders based on the deliverables.
All payments will be made upon submission review and acceptance by the Client.
i)          Type of Consultant: Individual
ii)         Expected start date and duration: Q1 2017 for a period of 12 weeks.
iii)        Work Location: Trinidad and Tobago, with visits to the Ministry of Planning and Development and the GSI Hub building (25 Ramsaran Street Chaguanas) when required.
iv)       Qualification and Experience:
The Technical Consultant must have a Degree in Business Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Technology or other ICT-related field with a minimum of ten (10) years of experience. A combination of qualifications and practical experience would be considered.
Knowledge, Skills And Abilities Required:
The Consultant must have the following:
At least 8 years of experience in identifying, designing and implementing ICT solutions including business analysis, project management and oversight, supervising consultants, preparing budgets as well as project procurement, etc.
Knowledge and experience in sourcing and installing ICT hardware as well as new and emerging technologies.
The Consultant will report to the Programme Manager and work in collaboration with the Project Team (IDB, Public and Private Sector Entities), stakeholder agencies and the MPD in the execution of the above mentioned responsibilities. The Staff of the Project Execution Unit will provide access to background information, project plans and reports to facilitate the work of the consultant.

ICT Consultant
Position Applying for:
[e.g., K-1, ICT Consultant]
[Insert full name]
Date of Birth:
Country of Citizenship/Residence
Contact information
(e-mail and Phone Contact)
Education: [List college/university or other specialized education, giving names of educational institutions, dates attended, degree(s)/diploma(s) obtained]
Employment record relevant to the assignment: [Starting with present position, list in reverse order. Please provide dates, name of employing organization, titles of positions held, types of activities performed and location of the assignment, and contact information of previous clients and employing organization(s) who can be contacted for references. Past employment that is not relevant to the assignment does not need to be included.]
Employing organization and your title/position.
Contact information for references
Summary of activities performed relevant to this Assignment
[e.g., May 2005-present]
[e.g., Ministry of ……, advisor/consultant to…
For references: Tel…………/e-mail……; Mr. Bbbbbb, deputy minister]
Membership in Professional Associations and Publications:
Language Skills (indicate only languages in which you can work):
Adequacy for the Assignment:
Tasks as outlined in the Scope of Services
Reference to Prior Work/Assignments that Best Illustrates Capability to Handle the Tasks
I, the undersigned, certify that to the best of my knowledge and belief, this CV correctly describes myself, my qualifications, and my experience, and I am available to undertake the assignment in case of an award. I understand that any misstatement or misrepresentation described herein may lead to my disqualification or dismissal by the Client, and/or sanctions by the Bank.

Name                                                                    Signature                                                            Date
(i) This CV correctly describes my qualifications and experience
(ii) I am not currently debarred by a multilateral development bank (If yes, identify who)