No Company Qualified To Host Miss. Liberia …As New Bidding Process Opens

The Steering Committee of the Miss. Liberia Beauty Pageant has announced the opening of a new bidding process for the acquiring of franchise to organize and host the 2013-2014 Annual Miss. Liberia Beauty Pageant.

The committee made the disclosure yesterday, March 10, at the Ministry of Gender and Development (MGD); at which time they indicated that none of the prior bidders during the previous bidding process met the requirement to obtain permission to organize the country’s national pageantry.

The new process was opened yesterday, March 10, 2014 and it is expected to run for two weeks.

At a well attended press briefing, the Steering Committee further disclosed that following the announcement requesting companies to bid for the franchise to host the Miss. Liberia, the Steering Committee received three letters of intent from interested companies with their respective bid documents.

According to the committee, the franchise bidding process was opened to the public from September 10th up to October 31, 2013; and as a result of the limited number of applicants the process was extended by a month. For them, the extension was to create more awareness on the process and to develop public interest respectively.

The committee however revealed that the three companies fell delinquent on the requirements set by the Steering Committee to obtain qualification for the franchise to host the 2013-2014 Miss. Liberia Beauty Pageant.

Applicants, according to the committee, were required to present a police clearance of all staffers, be a registered business in Liberia with at least 51% Liberian ownership, must have an office space, must be able to demonstrate their capacity to host the pageant and must have a bank account containing 50% of the cost of the event as well as must have obtained a license from the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT), to host pageantry event in Liberia, amongst others.

MAD MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT, SHIRLEY BUSINESS PLUS and LETIA ASSAF. BATES/COSMETOLOGY BEATUTY/FASHION ACADEMY, were the three previous applicants.

MAD MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT: Had no experience in hosting Miss. Liberia Pageants, Had no license from MICAT to host pageants and Did not have the capacity to undertake the Miss. Liberia Pageant.

SHIRLEY BUSINESS PLUS: Did not have Bank Account, Had no experience of hosting pageants, Lacked the financial and skill capacity to host the Miss. Liberia Pageant and Had no license from MICAT to host pageants

LETIA ASSAF. BATES/COSMETOLOGY BEATUTY/FASHION ACADEMY: lacked the financial capacity to host the Miss. Liberia Pageant, did not have any experience of hosting a Miss. Liberia Pageant and had no license from MICAT to host pageant.

Meanwhile, bid documents for the new bidding process are now available at the Ministry of Gender & Development in the Public Affairs office. Interested companies have been urged by the committee to carefully analyze the bid documents before applying.

It can be recalled, sometime last year the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT), suspended the hosting of the Miss. Liberia Beauty Pageant. The decision was reached by MICAT following an investigation into the 2012-2013 Miss. Liberia Beauty Pageant which ended in confusion. Upon submission of the investigative committee’s report, MICAT turned over the responsibility of scouting reputable companies for the hosting of the Miss. Liberia Beauty Pageant to a new Steering Committee headed by the Ministry of Gender & Development. Writes D. Webster Cassell.

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