Discusses the legal requirements for selling to the host government, including whether the government has agreed to abide by the WTO Government Procurement Agreement or is a party to a government procurement chapter in a U.S. FTA. Specifies areas where there are opportunities
Last Published: 8/6/2019

Government procurement is generally done through open tenders, direct advertising, or by invitation to registered suppliers.  The GOJ developed a central electronic portal for public tenders, which is mandatory for procurements over J$1.5 million (approximately US$11,500).  Other tenders are listed on the relevant agencies’ websites and advertised in newspapers weekly.  The National Contracts Commission (NCC) is responsible for reviewing and endorsing recommendations for the award of government contracts above approximately US$100,000 in value.  The NCC registers and classifies contractors who respond to government contract tenders according to their size and capabilities.  Water supply and distribution equipment contracts require registration with the National Water Commission, and to supply medicines and medical supplies, potential bidders must contact the Pharmaceutical Division of the Ministry of Health and Health Corporation Limited.  Jamaica does not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States and is not a party to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Government Procurement.

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