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Proposals for soybean oil, sugar import get cabinet body nod

Food 2023-05-24, 6:46pm


Proposals for soybean oil, sugar import get cabinet body nod.

Dhaka, May 24 - The Cabinet Committee on Government Procurement in a meeting on Wednesday approved some 11 proposals including one for the import of soybean oil and sugar.

Soybean oil will be imported from the United States.

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal presided over the meeting held virtually.

Additional Secretary of the Cabinet Division Sayed Mahbub Khan briefed reporters about the outcomes of the meeting.

Three proposals of the Commerce Ministry received the nod of the committee.

As per the approval, the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB), a subordinate body of the Commerce Ministry, will import 1.10 crore liters of soybean oil through an international open tender system.

The US-based supplier Accentuate Technology Corporation (Local Agent: OMC Limited Dhaka) will supply the product at a cost of Tk 129.58 crore with each litre of edible oil costing Tk 117.90.

The supplier will provide the edible oil through per bottle each containing 2 liters of oil.

Under separate proposal, the TCB will also import another 70 lakh litres of soybean oil through open tender at a cost of Tk 127.85 crore from local supplier City Edible Oil. Each litre of edible oil will cost Tk 182.85.

The TCB will import 12,500 metric tons MT of sugar on emergency basis through direct purchase method (DPM) from Brothers Brandashi Midas Ltd at a total cost of Tk 131.25 crore. Each kilogram (kg) of sugar will cost at Tk 105.

The committee approved a proposal of the Dhaka WASA to extend the cost of the consultant for its package No-03.5 of the “Dhaka Water Supply Network Improvement” project.

As per approval, the consultant—Joint Venture of (1) DOHWA; (2) STUP; (3) Dev Con; (4) DDC and (5) IWM—will get an extra payment of Tk 12.86 crore while its contract will extend till December 31, 2023. The original cost was 25.86 crore. After extension, the total cost will go up to Tk 38.73 crore.

Two proposals of the Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC), placed by the Agriculture Ministry, received the nod of the committee for the fertiliser import.

Of these, the BADC will purchase 30,000 MT of TSP fertilizer from OCP, S.A of Morocco under a state-level agreement at a cost of Tk 120.03 crore. Each MT of fertiliser will cost $368.

The BADC will import 50,000 MT of MOP fertilizer from Canadian Commercial Corporation under a state level agreement at a cost of Tk 226.68 crore. Each MT will cost $418.

Three proposals of the Prime Minister’s Office received approval of the committee to appoint two contractors and a consultant for three separate works of the Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA).

Of these, BEZA will appoint Joint Venture of (1) Cheil Engineering Co., Ltd., Korea; (2) Yooshin Engineering Corporation, Korea; and (3) Engineering and Planning Consultants Ltd., BD as consultant for its Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Industrial City Development Project at a cost of Tk 53 crore.

The BEZA will award contract to Joint Venture of (1) CCECC, China; (2) CRCC, China at a cost of Tk 237.99 crore for construction of 10.70 km road and 16.557 km drainage at Mirsarai-2B Economic Zone area under the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Industrial City Development Project.

The BEZA will award another contract to National Development Engineers Ltd. At a cost of Tk 219.93 crore for construction of 12.10 km road and 12.861 km drainage at Mirsarai-2B Economic Zone area under the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Industrial City Development Project.

A similar proposal of the on cost extension of a project under the Water Resources Ministry received approval of the committee.

A per proposal, as a consultant of the “South-West Integrated Water Resources Planning and Management (Phase 2)” of the Bangladesh Water Development Board, the Joint Venture of (1) Haskoning DHV Nederland BV, Netherlands; and (2) Dev Consultants Ltd., Bangladesh will receive additional Tk 9.55 crore as extended cost for extension of its project time till June 30, 2023.

After extension to the original cost of Tk 79.32 crore the total will go up to Taka 88.88 crore. - UNB