Six Firms Pre-qualified by BPE to Concession Calabar, Kano FTZs

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Six firms have been pre-qualified and issued with the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the concession of the Calabar and Kano Free Trade Zones (FTZs) by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE),

The six firms are: Diamond Stripes Consortium, BUA International Limited and Northwest Petroleum and Gas Company Limited for Calabar Free Trade Zone, and Diamond Stripes Consortium, Urban Shelter Infrastructure Limited and BUA International Limited for Kano Free Trade Zone.

The BPE Director General, Mr. Alex Okoh announced the pre- qualification at the bidders’ pre-bid conference for the concession of the two FTZs in Abuja; adding that the bidders were expected to submit their proposals on or before December 2, 2022

He said: “Thereafter, the technical proposals will be publicly opened the same day and evaluated subsequently. The bidders are also expected to submit, along with their proposals, the draft Concession Agreement that has been reviewed or tracked with each page signed or initialled.”

Mr. Okoh said that the pre-bid conference was a part of the federal government’s ongoing efforts to diversify the country’s economy and fast-track its industrialisation by unlocking the potential of the two FTZs, with the aim of transforming them into world class facilities by including private sector capital and technical capacity.

“Specifically, the purpose of this meeting is to engage with the prospective bidders, financing institutions and contractors, to elicit discussions and address key concerns with respect to the transactions. We also seek to use this event to provide clarifications on vital issues around the bid documents which we believe should allow bidders to better contextualise and understand the bidding process and prerequisites”, he said.

However, he regretted that efforts to replicate the success of the FTZ model in Nigeria have not been successful; owing to many reasons such as deficient and obsolete infrastructure, over reliance on the treasury for funding, amongst others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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