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BANK NEWS RELEASE NO. 82/28 Contact: Ciro Gamarra
December 17, 1981 (202) 477-8034
S-JAMAICA TO IMPROVE VOCATIONAL TRAINING
tJ. WITH WORLD BANK ASSISTANCE
A project aimed at increasing the supply of skilled manpower in
Jamaica will be assisted by a World Bank loan of $6.8 million. This is the
third project supported by the Bank in Jamaica's education sector.
The project, to cost a total of $11.3 million, will increase the
economic impact of Jamaica's technical and vocational education system
through selective expansion, quality improvement, and improved management.
The government has decided to emphasize educational investments
that will have a direct impact on the medium-term economic recovery of
Jamaica. The project therefore supports efforts to upgrade the quality of
the labor force, both to increase production and to reduce unemployment.
The project is expected to train an estimated 1,500 technical
teachers between 1985 and 1995. Consequently, about 35,000 students will
receive substantially better training for employment in the same period.
The institutions to be improved through the project will be the
College of Arts, Science and Technology and the Vocational Training Develop-
ment Insitute, both in Kingston.
Two pilot Industrial Production Centers will be established in
Kingston and Montego Bay, and a National Industrial Training Board will be
created to undertake overall coordination for all industrial training acti-
vities. Finally, a planning and evaluation division will be established at
the Ministry of Youth and Community Development.
The World Bank has made two previous loans to Jamaica for education,
totaling $23 million. The projects together added about 52,000 places in
secondary and post-secondary Institutions.
The $6.8 million World Bank loan to Jamaica is repayable in 17 years,
including four years of grace, at 11.6% a year.
NOTE: Money figures are expressed in U.S. dollar equivalents.
:ORM NO. 1121
Third Education.'(Vocational and Technical)
$6.8 million, repaid in 17 years, including a grace
of 4 years, at .11.6 % per annum.
Government of Jamaica, $4.5 million
National Development Agency, Ltd.
Office Centere Building
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: It consists of: (a) construction, equipment and furnishing
to: (i) expand the departments of Technical Education,
Computer Science and Science of The College of Arts, Science and Technology to provide
an additional 245 student places; (ii) expand the Library/Resource.Center of CAST; and
(iii) expand the capacity of The Vocational Training Deyelopmen.t..ns.titute to provide
an additional 70 student places; (b) construction, equipment and furnishing for two new
pilot Industrial Production Centers with a total of 260 student places; (c) provision
of technical assistance comprising about 84 staff-months of specialist services and
about 207 staff-months of fellowships; and (d) a pre-investment study for the development
of learning materials for primary education.
PROCUREMENT: Construction contracts will be awarded on the basis of
competitive bidding advertised locally. While foreign con-
tractors are not expected to participate in the tenders, they will not be precluded from
submitting bids. Contracts for furniture, equipment, and educational materials will be
awarded on the basis of international competitive bidding .(ICB) in accordance with the
Bank's guidelines. However, furniture, equipment and educational materials that cannot
be grouped into packages of at least $100,000 will be procured through local competitive
bidding procedures (LCB) acceptable to the Bank. Procurement under LCB is not expected,
in aggregate, to exceed $800,000 equivalent or about 20% of the total cbst of furniture,
equipment and learning materials to be procured. For orders of furniture, equipment, and
materials estimated to cost less than $100,000, but not exceeding a total of $100,000,
at least three quotations will be solicited from suppliers. Contracts for procurement
of furniture and equipment of less than $50,000 will not require Bank approval prior to
the award of the contracts. In the case of procurement under ICB procedures, domestic
manufacturers will receive a margin of preference of 15% of the CIF cost or the appli-
cable customs duty, whichever is lower.
ECONOMIC RATE OF RETURN:
ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE:
About 84 staff-months of specialist services to help the
MOY to establish the National Industrial Training Board,
and a Planning and Evaluation Division.
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