Strike Two – OLPF
Strike one, in case you missed it, was the refusal by the Chinese to fund HE‘s “transformational” ICT laptop scheme. This should have been game over but blatant election politics makes it impossible for HE to allow himself to look impotent in the face of the refusal of the Chinese to fund OLPF.
HE already can’t get the LCDS money out of Norway and the World Bank or get Amaila Falls Hydro funded. Sadly, Guyana is in no position to afford such a lavish ICT project. Mark my words, after the election, if there is one, fiscal reality will crash the gates of election politics and the GoG Treasury will be in serious trouble.
OLPF represents a few percent of the national budget of Guyana. There will be some serious cut backs in other areas to cover this little election ploy, after the election, of course.
Strike two is the rejection of the tender responses for laptops. This is no surprise if you are familiar with the ICT industry. Writing the specifications for a laptop tender is a very detailed process of creating a matrix that very narrowly defines the hardware and software required for the project. This is not something to be left to a couple outsiders winging it. Each specification must be boxed in by a series of other specifications to ensure that the bid equipment meets the project requirements. This didn’t happen. Creating their own new laptop drop specification and neglecting critical secondary specifications only demonstrated the ineptitude of the team assembling the tender.
The second challenge that the OLPF project faces is that there is no single organization in Guyana that can fulfill the requirements of such a large ICT project. The capability simply doesn’t exist in Guyana.
Our approach was to work with several suppliers to craft a complete solution across multiple organizations. This would spread revenue across multiple Guyanese companies and reduce the risks for both GoG and suppliers. You can create a hundred tenders but you can’t fill the capability gap. Again, experienced ICT staff would recognize this challenge and build a solution with what exists in Guyana not what they wish existed, if they even recognized the problem in the first place.
Strike three really should be the Office of the President’s resident pedophile using laptops insexchange. Here we all thought HE just wanted to get the PPP re-elected. It appears some of his team have other ideas on how to capitalize on the laptop distribution. While this is a personal and legal problem with HE’s staff, one HE has refused to address in the past, it does demonstrate how staff and party members plan to use the great laptop give-a-way to their personal advantage.
We can only hope that this latest set-back finally shuts down Huey and Duey in the Project Masquerade Office before they spend Guyana into insolvency.
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