The Humqadam- School Construction and Rehabilitation Programme is starting to gain recognition as a leading infrastructure development programme. This was reflected in the Orientation for Contractors in Peshawar on Wednesday where representatives from more than 87 construction companies attended a session organised by the team. These sessions present a golden opportunity for prospective contractors and construction partners to understand the School Construction and Rehabilitation Programme, its values and the process of selection of partners.
The participants were welcomed by the Programme’s Provincial Director for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mr. Rafique Khattak. Speaking to the gathered contractors, Mr. Khattak introduced them to IMC Worldwide’s work in infrastructure development around the world. He also touched upon IMC Worldwide’s zero tolerance towards corruption and child labour, and the organisation’s emphasis on transparency and accountability.
The orientation covered important ground on the Prequalification Criteria and the Bidding Process. The Programme’s Prequalification Criteria considers Relevant Experience (35%), Financial Capacity (30%), Personnel and Management (25%), and Equipment (10%). The participants were also taken through the prequalification paperwork to facilitate their application and preparation for bidding.
In the lively presentations and question-answer sessions it was explained that Humqadam-SCRP presents a unique opportunity for construction companies to involve themselves in one of the largest education infrastructure projects in Pakistan.
Humqadam’s existing partners in KP also spoke about their experience of working with the SCRP team.
“This project has been a great opportunity for us to improve our capacity by working closely with the Humqadam team. It is not a project that is only on paper – the Humqadam team literally work with us in the field,” said Zulfiqar Ali of Zarak Khan and Co. who have just finished work on the construction and rehabilitation of a school in Ziarat Talash in Lower Dir.
These sentiments were shared by Mr. Imran Jamshed who was representing Zainul Abideen & Co. – a partner organisation that has been rehabilitating GHSS Manga in Mardan.
“I’m delighted to be back home in Pakistan after 8 years abroad, and then to work in such a good project. This is more than just construction – we feel the happiness of the children, the respect of the community and the teachers. We need projects like this in every district of the country.”
A similar orientation session was organised in Lahore last month attended by construction companies from all over Punjab. The Orientation for Contractors sessions are part of the Programme’s efforts of widening the pool for prospective partners and construction contractors. This will help reach the highest levels of quality in the construction and rehabilitation process.