Earlier this year, expressions of interest were invited to assess willingness to put in place alternative arrangements for the St Helena Government Printing Office.
After doing so, SHG received interest from three parties and, out of these three, one decided to submit a detailed proposal. The proposal came from Mr and Mrs Wolf in Namibia, South Africa and after an initial exchange of correspondence, the couple will be visiting St Helena from 15 to 22 September to discuss their proposal in detail with SHG and the St Helena Development Agency.
During their visit, Mr and Mrs Wolf will be given the opportunity to present their proposal to various stakeholders and potential market groups.
Acting Deputy Secretary, Gillian Francis said that the St Helena Government wants to withdraw from providing services that can be provided by the private sector, and the Printing Office is one of them. SHG wants the private sector to operate the Printing Office, even it this is done jointly with SHG in the first instance.
For the Printing Office, SHG is looking for someone to develop the current service and to bring the operation on par with international standards. The demand for printing on St Helena is quite great, particularly within the St Helena Government, and whilst this demand is met mainly by the Printing Office with small amounts of printing being done in departments some printing jobs, for example, brochures and posters, are undertaken overseas. Colour printing is also in great demand particularly from members of the public and the private sector.
Gillian said that: "subject to satisfactory negotiations with Mr and Mrs Wolf it is hoped that there will be an agreed plan of action for alternative operational arrangements for the Printing Officer prior to Mr and Mrs Wolf’s departure on 22 September."
Public Relations/Information Office
Office of the Chief Secretary
10 September 2003