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Network Infrastructure Assessment - Request for Proposal

Published: Wednesday May 16th, 2018

Purpose and Background

Purpose
The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to solicit proposals from qualified firms to perform a Network Infrastructure assessment, for the Central Bank of The Bahamas (the Central Bank or the Bank). The intent of this RFP is to provide interested firms with the information, requirements, and specifications necessary for the preparation of a professional and comprehensive proposal. This Request for Proposal (RFP) states the overall scope of the initiative, current technology footprint, outcomes desired, as well as, desired vendor qualifications, bid criteria and evaluation process.

The Bank seeks a firm with a proven track record of delivering the services outlined herein, a demonstrated awareness of the spectrum of solutions available in the market and, a demonstrated capacity to manage timelines and deliverables.

Any decision to award a proposing firm shall be based on the demonstrated ability to understand and deliver the services desired by the Bank. Other factors that shall contribute to the selection of a proposing firm include, but are not limited to, price, accessibility, and a proven track record in performing network and information technology assessments for institutions that host mission critical data sets.

Background
The Central Bank is responsible, in its role as regulator of banks and trust companies licensed in The Bahamas, for ensuring monetary stability and ensuring a sound and stable financial system for The Bahamas. The Bank is currently modernizing its information systems and infrastructure to ensure efficiency in the delivery of its service. The enhancement of the network, both core and distribution, have been identified as keys areas of improvement necessary to support the broader modernization objectives.

Types of Proposals
Bidders are limited to one proposal as the prime bidder. Bidders shall be allowed to collaborate with others and may be included as subcontractors on multiple proposals. The result will be one contract between the Bank and the prime bidder. The prime bidder shall be wholly responsible for meeting the requirements of the RFP, for submission of the proposal, and for performance of the entire contract. The Bank will consider the prime bidder to be the sole point of contact with regard to all contractual matters, including payment of all charges resulting from any contracts.

Contract Terms
The term of service requested is anticipated to commence over a duration of six (6) weeks from the mutually agreed project start date. There will be no extension to the terms of service in this agreement.

Contract Award
A contract awarded by the Bank will be based upon criteria, standards, and weighting identified in this RFP as applied to the total service proposal. Each bidder’s proposal will be considered as a whole solution, without limitation, including all services proposed and qualifications of the bidder and any subcontractors, and cost.

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