Government approves proposal to import Sinofarm vaccine

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday approved a proposal from the Health Services Division to import the Sinofarm Covid-19 vaccine.

Dr Shahida Aktar, additional secretary of the Cabinet Division, revealed this when briefing reporters after a committee meeting.

However, she did not provide any details on the price of the Chinese vaccine and its quantity. “It’s just an approval in principle. Details of the proposal will be known when it is again approved by the Cabinet Committee on Public Procurement. ”

Dr Shahida said the proposal was instantly put on the table during the virtual meeting.

She said the CAMC approved another Health Services Division proposal to import 40 oxygen generators to use for the treatment of patients with Covid.

The Central Medicine Store Department (CMSD) will import the oxygen generators.

Another proposal from the Ministry of Industries has received approval from the CCEA to sign a contract to import 1.28 million tonnes of fertilizer from three countries for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

Of the bulk fertilizers, 500,000 tonnes will be imported from Muntajar Qatar, 500,000 tonnes of Sabic from Saudi Arabia and 250,000 tonnes of Fertiglbe from the United Arab Emirates.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet Committee on Public Procurement (CCPP) approved nine proposals, including importing LNG and awarding a contract for the installation of a 400 MW power plant to a contractor. Chinese.

According to the proposal, state-owned company Petrobangla will import 3.360 million MMBtu of LNG (liquefied natural gas) from AOT Trading of Switzerland at a cost of Tk 340.62 crore – $ 10.199 per unit.

The state-owned Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) will award an EPC contract to Chinese contractor SEPCO-III Electric Power Construction Company Ltd, at a cost of Tk 1,796.72 crore to install a power plant in 400 MW gas at the Raozan power station in Chattogram.

The plant will be installed to replace the existing one.

A proposal from the Bangladeshi Police received committee approval to award a contract to a joint venture of (1) Smart Technologies (BD) Ltd, Dhaka and (2) Digicon Technologies Ltd, Dhaka to introduce surveillance systems on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway.

Under the contract, the contractor will set up CCTV surveillance systems and other infrastructure on the highway.

Two other proposals from the Directorate General for Food (DGF) received the approval of the CCPP.

DGF will award a Tk 261.70 contract to the joint venture of (1) Beximco Computers Limited, Bangladesh, (2) Bangladesh Export Import Company Ltd. Bangladesh, (3) Tech Mahindra Ltd. India, and (4) Tech Valley Networks Ltd Bangladesh to install software, set up data centers and monitoring systems in all food warehouses in the country as part of the No-GD-27 package of the “Modern Food Storage Facilities (MFSP) ”.

DGF will award another contract of Tk 330.86 crore under the No-W-21 package of the same project to the joint venture of (1) Confidence Infrastructure Limited, Bangladesh and (2) The GSI Group LLC, USA to implement places a silo foodstuff for rice in Barisal.

Payra Port Authority’s tender proposal to award a contract for Tk 5,629.18 crore to Jan De Nul (JDN), a Belgium-based dredging company, to carry out dredging and maintenance of the canal of Rabonabad from Payra port received committee approval.

Another proposal from the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) under the Ministry of Navigation received approval from the CCPP to award a contract to Karnaphuli Ship Builders Ltd., to build and supply four coastal passenger vessels at a cost of Tk 230.95 crore.


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