STANDARD PREQUALIFICATION SPECIFICATION FOR THE WORKS PROCUREMENTS THROUGH THE RESTRICTED TENDER PROCEDURE
I - SUBJECT MATTER OF PROCUREMENT
Article 1- Information About the Contracting Entity
1.1. Contracting Entitys;
a) Name :
c) Phone Number:...
d) Fax Number:...
f) Name- Surname/ Title of the Contact Person: ....................................................................
1.2. The candidates may get information about the prequalification by contacting the contact persons from the addresses and numbers given above.
Article 2- Information about the subject works of procurement
Works, which constitute the subject matter of the procurement;
b) Investment project no/code:.................................................................................................
c) (Physical) Quantity and type:...............................................................................................
d) Place of performance:...
e) Other information (if any) about the works:
Article 3-Information about the procurement
Procurement procedure: Restricted Tender Procedure
Article 4- Information about evaluation of prequalification
Information about evaluation of prequalification:
a)Place of evaluation of prequalification:
b)Date of evaluation of prequalification:
c)Time of evaluation of prequalification:
d)Place of meeting of tender commission:
Article 5- Viewing and obtaining the prequalification document
5.1. The prequalification document may be viewed at the address specified above free of charge. However, those who shall apply for prequalification shall be liable to purchase the prequalification document approved by the Contracting Entity.
a)The place where the prequalification document can be viewed:.......................................
b)The place where the prequalification document can be purchased:.....................................
c)Sales price of prequalification document (including tax if any):
5.2. The prequalification document shall be provided along with a memorandum indicating the documents in the content. The candidate shall check whether the documents comprising the prequalification document are true copies and the documents are complete. The Contracting Entity shall receive the declaration of the candidate indicating that he has received all true copy documents comprising the prequalification document with a signature affixed on the said memorandum.
5.3. The candidate shall be deemed to accept the conditions and rules within the prequalification document by purchasing the said document.
5.4. (Annex: 08/06/2004 25486 Official Gazette / Art. 48) If the papers comprising the prequalification document are issued and sold to the candidates in other languages besides Turkish, the Turkish text shall be taken as basis in understanding and interpretation of the prequalification documents as well as the disputes that may arise between the Contracting Entity and candidates.
Article 6- The place where the prequalification applications shall be submitted, deadline date and time of application
6.1. The place where the prequalification application shall be submitted, deadline date and time of application:
a) The place where the prequalification applications shall be submitted:.................................
b) Deadline date of application (date of evaluation of prequalification):
c) Deadline time of application (time of evaluation of prequalification):
6.2. The prequalification documents can be submitted to the place specified above until the deadline date and time of application or sent via registered and prepaid mail. The prequalification documents that are not received by the Contracting Entity until the deadline time of application shall not be taken into consideration.
6.3. The applications for prequalification submitted to or received by the Contracting Entity shall not be withdrawn for any reason other than for issuing addendum in accordance with Article 19 of this Specification hereby.
6.4. In the event that the date determined for the evaluation of prequalification is holiday, the evaluation for qualification shall be made on the next business day at the time specified above at the same place, and the applications for prequalification submitted up to that time shall be accepted.
6.5. The evaluation of prequalification shall be held at the time specified above in the event that working hours change later.
6.6. National time setting of Turkish Radio Television Authority (TRT) shall be taken as basis for time settings.
Article 7- Viewing and obtaining the tender document
7.1. The tender document may be reviewed at the address specified above free of charge, and the candidates can also purchase the tender document at the stage of prequalification. Furthermore, the candidates found qualified as a result of evaluation of prequalification shall be notified where and on which terms the tender document can be obtained with a letter of invitation.
a) The place where the tender document can be reviewed:
b) The place where the tender document can be purchased:
c) The sales price of tender document (including tax):
Article 8- Scope of prequalification document
8.1 The prequalification document comprises of the following documents:
b) Standard forms:
8.2. In addition, addenda to be published by the Contracting Entity as well as the written clarifications to be made by the Contracting Entity upon the written request of the candidates shall be an integral part of the prequalification documents in accordance with the relevant provisions of this Specification hereby.
8.3. The candidates shall be liable to carefully examine the content of all document listed above. The candidate shall be liable in the event that the candidate does not fulfill the requirements of application for prequalification. The applications that are not in compliance with the requirements set forth in the prequalification document and the procedure described in the prequalification document shall not be taken into consideration.
II. MATTERS CONCERNING APPLICATION FOR PREQUALIFICATION
Article 9- Documents required for application for prequalification and prequalification criteria
9.1. The candidates are required to submit the following documents within their applications for prequalification:
a) Declaration of address for notification as well as phone and, if any, fax number and e-mail address for contact,
b) Certificate of Chamber of Commerce and/or Industry or Profession registered as per the legislation;
1) In the event that the candidate is a physical body, the certificate received within the year when the first announcement with regard to the procurement is made and indicating registration to the Chamber of Commerce and/or Industry or Profession,
2) In the event that the candidate is a corporate body, the certificate received from the registered Chamber of Commerce and/or Industry within the year when the first announcement with regard to the procurement is made and indicating the registration of the corporate body,
c) Signature statement or signature circular indicating the authority of the candidate to make application for prequalification,
1) Signature statement certified by the notary public in the event that the candidate is a physical body,
2) Original or notarized copy of Trade Registers Gazette indicating the shares of the shareholders of the company and their position within the company or the documents evidencing such issues as well as the signature circular of the corporate body certified by the notary public in the event that the candidate is a corporate body,
d) (Amended: 08/06/2004 25486 Official Gazette/ Art. 49) Written letter of commitment evidencing that the candidate is not in the cases listed under items (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (g) and (i) of Article 13 of this Specification hereby.
e) Application Letter, form and content of which are described in the Specification,
f) Qualification Certificates specified in Articles (9.2) and (9.3) of the Specification, and form and content of which are stipulated in Regulation on Implementation of Works Procurements,
g) If the candidate is represented in the procurement, the power of attorney indicating that the representative is authorized to participate in the procurement for and on behalf of the candidate and signature statement certified by the notary public,
h) In the event that the candidate is a joint venture, the joint venture statement or consortium declaration, form and content of which are described in the Specification hereby,
i) Certificates set forth in the Regulation on Implementation of Works Procurements evidencing that the tenderer is a domestic tenderer if so specified in Articles 10 and 11 of this Specification,
j) Certificate indicating that the prequalification document has been purchased,
k) (Annex: 08/06/2004 25486 Official Gazette / Art. 49) The certificates indicated in the last paragraph of Article 34 of Regulation on Implementation of Works Procurements if it is required under VI- MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS of this Specification,
l) (Annex: 08/06/2004 25486 Official Gazette / Art. 49) Letter of commitment stating that that the work experience certificate shall not be made available to another corporate body if the work experience submitted by the tenderer, who is a corporate body, belongs to the shareholder of the same corporate body holding more than half of the shares,
m) (Annex: 08/06/2004 25486 Official Gazette / Art. 52) The declaration concerning the corporate bodies, of which the tenderer is partner or shareholder.
(Amended: 08/06/2004 25486 Official Gazette / Art. 49) In the case of joint ventures, each partner shall be liable to submit the documents listed under items (b), (c), (d), (i) and (m) separately.
9.2. The documents required for the economic and financial qualification and the criteria that these documents have to meet1
9.3. The documents required for the professional and technical qualification and the criteria that these documents have to meet.
9.4. The works that will be accepted as similar works are specified below:
9.6. Way of Submitting Documents (Amended: 08/06/2004 25486 Official Gazette / Art. 49)
9.6.1- The Candidates shall be required to submit the originals or notarized copies of the documents listed above.
9.6.2- The notarized documents have to bear the expression this is a true copy certifying the true copy of the original document, otherwise the documents certified in witness of copies or photocopies of the same with the expression this is the same copy of the document issued or any expression with the same meaning shall be rejected.
9.6.3- The Candidates may also, instead of originals, include into their tenders the copies bearing the expression Original copy seen by the Contracting Entity or any expression with the same meaning after the Contracting Entity sees the same prior to the procurement.
9.6.4- The documents except for the ones listed under Article 188.8.131.52 hereunder that will be submitted by the domestic or foreign candidates have to be issued according to the legislation of the respective country and approved by the Consulate of the Republic of Turkey in the country where it is issued or the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. However, official documents issued from the countries that are party to the Convention on Abolishing the Obligation to Certify Foreign Official Documents and included in the scope of Article 1 of this convention shall be exempted from the approval of the Consulate of the Republic of Turkey in the country where it is issued or the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided that they bear the Apostille seal. Provided that there is an agreement or convention containing provisions that require certain proceedings in respect of certifying the signature, seal or stamp on the documents between the Republic of Turkey and any other state or states, the approval of documents issued from such countries shall be subject to the provisions of this agreement or convention.
9.6.5- In the event that the Turkish translations of the documents are required in this Specification, translations of official documents issued abroad as well as the documents listed in the prequalification document by the Contracting Entity have to be approved by the Consulate of the Republic of Turkey or the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Translations of documents that bear the seal of Apostille as well as the translations of documents that are not required to be approved by the Consulate of the Republic of Turkey or the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs must be rendered by the sworn translators and notarized.
9.6.6- The documents and translations thereof issued by the certification bodies accredited by the national accreditation bodies included in the International Accreditation Forum for Mutual Recognition Agreement shall be exempted from the approval by the Consulate of the Republic of Turkey in the country where it is issued or the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided that it is confirmed with a letter obtained from the Turkish Accreditation Authority that such bodies have been duly accredited according to the international rules.
Article 10- Openness of procurement to foreign candidates4
Article 11- Application of price advantage in favor of domestic tenderers5
Article 12- Those that cannot participate in the procurement
12.1. Those listed below shall in no way be able to participate in the Procurement directly or indirectly, or as a subcontractor for themselves or on behalf of third persons;
a) Those that are prohibited temporarily or permanently to participate in public procurements as per Laws No. 4734 and 4735, and provisions of other laws, and those charged with the offenses within the scope of Anti-Terrorism Law No. 3713 and organized crimes.
b) Those that have gone into false bankruptcy as determined by the relevant authorities.
c) Authorized persons of the Contracting Entity in procurement and those persons employed in the boards having such authority.
d) The persons in charge of preparing, executing, concluding and approving any procurement procedures in relation to the work which is the subject of this procurement.
e) Wives and close relatives up to third generation as well as relativesinlaw up to second generation, and adopted children of the persons specified in paragraphs (c) and (d).
f) Partners and companies of the persons specified in paragraphs (c), (d) and (e) (excluding the incorporated companies in which such persons are not within the Board of Directors or do not have more than 10% of the capital).
g) Candidates of the foreign countries determined pursuant to the resolutions of the Council of Ministers as per sub-item 8 of paragraph (b) of Article 53 of Law No. 4734.
12.2. The contractors that provide consultation services in relation to the works, which constitute the subject of the procurement, shall not be able to participate in the procurement. This prohibition shall be applicable for the companies in partnership and management affiliation as well as the companies, which hold more than half of the capital of such companies.
12.3. Furthermore, any bodies such as foundations, associations, unions and fund under the body of the Contracting Entity or established for any reason related to the Contracting Entity as well as the companies that are partner to these organizations cannot participate in the procurement.
12.4. The candidates that participate in the procurement irrespective of the prohibitions above shall be disqualified from the procurement and the respective bid bonds shall be registered as revenue. Furthermore, if the contract is awarded without determining the case at the stage of consideration of tenders submitted, the relevant performance bond shall be registered as revenue and the procurement shall be cancelled.
Article 13- Reasons of exclusion from the procurement
The candidates that are in the following cases shall be excluded from the procurement if such situations are determined;
a) Candidates that go into bankruptcy, that are in the process of dissolution, whose transactions are executed by a court, that declare concordat, that suspend works or that are in similar situations as per the legislative provisions applicable in their own countries.
b) Candidates whose bankruptcy has been declared, for whom compulsory dissolution is resolved, that are under the management of a court due to their debts to the creditors or that are in similar situations as per the legislative provisions applicable in their own countries.
c) Candidates that have any outstanding debt due to social security premiums as per the legislative provisions of Turkey and those applicable in their own countries.
d) Candidates that have any outstanding debt due to taxes as per the legislative provisions of Turkey and those applicable in their own countries.
e) Candidates that are charged with any offense due to their business activities within five (5) years prior to the date of procurement (evaluation of prequalification).
f) Candidates that are proved to act against business or professional ethics during the performance of works for the authority which holds the procurement within five (5) years prior to the date of procurement (evaluation of prequalification).
g) Candidates that are prohibited against any business activity by the registered chamber as per the relevant legislation by the date of procurement (evaluation of prequalification).
h) Candidates that do not furnish the data and documents specified in this Article or that furnish misleading data and/or counterfeit documents.
i) Candidates that participate in the procurement even though they are prohibited to participate in the procurement pursuant to Article 12 of the Specification.
j) Candidates that are determined to enter into prohibited deeds and actions as specified in Article 14 of the Specification.
Article 14- Prohibited acts and behaviors
14.1. It is prohibited to enter into the following acts and behaviors in the procurement process:
a) To plot mischief or attempt to do so in procedures related to the procurement through trick, promise, threat, use of influential forces, false competition, agreement, corruption, bribe or other means.
b) To drift the candidates into hesitation, to hinder participation, to offer or encourage agreements with the candidates, to enter into actions affecting competition or resolution of the tender commission.
c) To issue, use counterfeit documents or guarantees, and attempt to such actions.
d) To submit more than one tender personally or by proxy directly or indirectly for himself/ herself or on behalf of others.
e) To participate in the procurement even though the candidate is prohibited to participate as per Article 12 of the Specification.
14.2. Candidates that enter into the said prohibited deeds or actions shall be subject to the provisions in Chapter Four of Law No. 4734 according to the nature of such act and behavior.
Article 15- Expenses for application for prequalification
All costs arising from the preparation and submittal of the applications for prequalification shall be borne by the candidates. The Contracting Entity cannot be held liable for such costs incurred by the candidates irrespective of the progress and conclusion of the procurement.
Article 16- Visiting the place of work
16.1. It shall be under the responsibility of the tenderer to obtain all necessary information to visit the place and surrounding areas of the work, make inspections, prepare tenders and enter into contracts. All costs arising from visiting the place and surrounding areas of work shall be borne by the tenderer.
16.2. The tenderer shall be deemed to have information about the type and nature of work, climatic conditions, the activities and the quantity and type of materials to be used as necessary for performance of the work, access to the workplace and the necessary items to establish the site in respect of cost and time, and to learn everything necessary in relation to the risks that may affect the tender, extraordinary cases and similar issues.
16.3. The contracting entity shall allow the people to access to the building and/or land where the work shall be carried out when such a request is made for visiting the place of work.
16.4. In evaluation of tenders, it shall be assumed that the tender has visited the place of work and prepared the tender accordingly.
Article 17- Date of work commencement and completion
17.1. The work shall commence within
. (in figures and words)
.. calendar days following the notification of the proceed to work to the contractor or the address indicated for notifications by the Contracting Entity following the execution of the contract (in respect of works subject to registration by Court of Accounts, following such registration).
17.2. The duration of work shall be
(in figures and words)
.. calendar days following the hand-over of the site.
17.3. The days when works cannot be carried out scientifically have been taken into account in calculation of this period. Therefore, the contractor cannot claim extension of time on the grounds that he has not carried out works during such period.
Article 18- Clarification in the prequalification document
18.1. The candidates shall be able to request a clarification to be made with regard to the points they need in the prequalification document with a written application until twenty (20) days prior to the deadline date of submitting applications at the stage when the applications are prepared. The requests for any clarification following this date shall not be taken into consideration by the Contracting Entity.
18.2. In the event that the request for such a clarification is approved, the clarification by the Contracting Entity shall be sent in writing to all candidates that purchase the prequalification document until the said date with a registered and prepaid letter or delivered personally against signature. This written clarification by the Contracting Entity shall be made to ensure that all candidates are informed at least ten (10) days prior to the deadline date of submitting applications.
18.3. The clarification shall cover the description of the problem and detailed answers of the Contracting Entity. The identity of the candidate that requests for a clarification shall not be disclosed.
18.4. The written clarifications shall be given to the candidates who receive the prequalification document after the day when the clarification is made within the prequalification document.
Article 19- Amendment to prequalification document
19.1. It is essential that there is not any amendment to the prequalification document following the announcement. However, in the event that substantial or technical mistakes or deficiencies that may adversely affect the preparation of applications or performance of work are determined by the Contracting Entity or notified in writing by the candidates, an amendment may be made to the prequalification document by issuing an addendum.
19.2. The said addendum shall be sent to all candidates who purchase the prequalification document in writing in a registered and prepaid letter or delivered in hand in return for a signature, and the candidates shall be ensured to be notified at least ten (10) days prior to the deadline date of application.
19.3. In the event that additional time is needed to prepare applications for prequalification due to such an amendment, the Contracting Entity may postpone the date of procurement for maximum twenty (20) days only once with an addendum. It shall be continued to sell the prequalification documents and receive the tenders during the term of postponement.
19.4. In the event that an addendum is issued, the candidates that submit their applications for prequalification before such an amendment shall be allowed to withdraw their former applications and submit their new applications.
Article 20- Freedom of the Contracting Entity to cancel the procurement before the time of evaluation of prequalification
20.1. When deemed necessary by the Contracting Entity or in the event that the points which hinder the evaluation of prequalification and impossible to remedy are determined in the prequalification document, the procurement may be cancelled before the deadline time of application.
20.2. In this case, the cancellation of the procurement shall be notified to the candidates indicating the reason of such cancellation. The candidates that submit their applications until such time shall be informed about the cancellation of the procurement separately.
20.3. In the event that the procurement is cancelled, all applications submitted shall be deemed rejected and such applications shall be returned to the candidates without opening them.
20.4. The candidates shall not be entitled to claim any right against the Contracting Entity due to the cancellation of the procurement.
Article 21- Joint ventures
21.1. More than one physical body or corporate body shall be able to submit applications for prequalification through establishing a joint venture.
21.2. Candidates that shall submit applications for prequalification through establishing a joint venture shall submit a Joint Venture Statement, an example of which is enclosed, in which the pilot partner within the joint venture is specified, together with the applications for prequalification.
21.3. In the event that a joint venture is awarded the Contract, the respective joint venture shall be requested to submit the joint venture contract certified by a notary public before signing the Contract.
21.4. The Joint Venture Agreement (Joint Venture Statement) and Contract shall include the provision that physical bodies and corporate bodies comprising the joint venture shall be liable jointly and successively to perform the contract.
21.5. The pilot partner shall have the majority of shares in the joint venture. The percentage of share of the partners shall be indicated in the Joint Venture Agreement (Joint Venture Statement) and Contract.
Article 22- Consortiums6
Article 23- Language of application for prequalification7
IV- EVALUATION OF PREQUALIFICATION AND INVITATION FOR PROCUREMENT
Article 24- Submitting the documents of application for prequalification
24.1. The letters of application of the candidates that will apply for prequalification as joint venture must be signed by all partners or the duly authorized persons.
24.2. The letter of application and all documents required in this Specification shall be put into an envelope (or package) enclosed to the letter of application. Name, surname or trade title of the tenderer, full address for notification, the work related to the application and full address of the Contracting Entity holding the procurement shall be written on this envelope. The adhesive part of the envelope (or package) shall be signed, sealed or stamped by the tenderer.
24.3. The applications for prequalification shall be submitted to the Contracting Entity (the office where the applications for prequalification shall be submitted) in return for receipts with order numbers until the deadline time of application stipulated in the prequalification document. The applications for prequalification submitted after this time shall not be accepted, but returned to the candidates without opening them.
24.4. Applications for prequalification may be submitted by registered and prepaid mail as well. The applications for prequalification sent by mail shall reach to the Contracting Entity until the time specified in the prequalification document. The time of receipt of the applications for prequalification, which shall not be put into effect due to delays in mail, shall be written into a minute and shall not be taken into consideration.
24.5. In the event that the duration of submitting applications for prequalification is extended with an addendum, all rights and liabilities of the Contracting Entity and candidates with regard to the deadline time of application shall be deemed extended until the new deadline date of application.
Article 25 Receiving and opening the applications for prequalification
25.1. The applications for prequalification shall be submitted to the Contracting Entity (the office where the applications for prequalification shall be submitted to) until the deadline time of application indicated in this Specification hereby.
25.2. The following procedure shall be applicable for receiving and opening the tenders by the Tender Commission:
25.2.1. The number of applications for prequalification submitted until the deadline time of application shall be written into the minutes by the Tender Commission, and it shall be announced to the participants and then evaluation shall immediately be made.
25.2.2. The Tender Commission shall review the applications envelopes in order of receipt. Name, surname or trade title, full notification address of the candidate, the work related to the application, full address of the Contracting Entity holding the procurement on the envelope as well as the signature and seal (or stamp) of the candidate on the adhesive part of the envelope shall be checked in this review. The application envelopes that do not meet the said requirements shall be written into the minutes, and shall not be taken into consideration.
25.2.3. Then, the envelopes shall be opened in order of receipt in front of the participants together with the candidates. It shall be checked whether the documents of the candidates are complete, and the in compliance with the described procedure. The candidates whose documents are deficient or are not in compliance with the described procedure shall be written into the minutes. The candidates whose application envelopes are opened shall be revealed. The minutes related to these proceedings shall be signed by the Tender commission.
25.2.4. The rejection or acceptance of any application shall not be decided, and the documents comprising the application shall not be corrected and completed at this stage. The session shall be closed for the Tender Commission to evaluate the applications immediately.
Article 26- Evaluation of applications for prequalification
26.1. (Amended: 08/06/2004 25486 Official Gazette/ Art. 50) In evaluation of the applications, it shall firstly be decided that the applications of the candidates whose documents are deficient or are not in compliance with the procedure pursuant to Sub-Item 25.2.3 of this Specification hereby shall be disqualified from the evaluation process.
26.1.1. In the event that the documents that must be submitted within the application envelope as per this Specification and the annexes that must be provided pursuant to the related legislation are not furnished by the candidates, such deficient documents and annexes thereto shall not be completed.
a) In the event that there is lack of information that does not have an effect to change the basis of the application in the documents submitted, the documents to remedy such lack of information;
b) The documents to remedy the lack of information that has the effect to cause hesitation concerning the content of the document and arising from the authorities, agencies or persons that issue the documents except for the compulsory factors that these documents must bear in the documents submitted by the candidates and issued other authorities, agencies or persons shall be completed within the due time.
26.1.3. If the documents submitted by the candidates within the period provided in respect of completing the lack of information are issued on a date later than the deadline date of application, these documents shall be accepted if the candidate evidences that he meets the requirements of application for prequalification as of the deadline date of application.
26.2. The tenders of the candidates whose documents are complete and whose tender letter and bid bond are in compliance with the procedure as a result of these proceedings shall be evaluated in detail. At this stage, it shall be reviewed whether the candidates meet the minimum qualification criteria demonstrating their capacity to perform the work, which constitutes the subject matter of procurement, and the requirements set forth in the prequalification document. The candidates that are found to meet the minimum qualification criteria as a result of the evaluation shall be qualified, and the candidates that are found not to meet the minimum qualification criteria shall be disqualified.
Article 27- Concluding the evaluation of prequalification
The tender commission shall decide on the evaluation of prequalification after completing such evaluation of prequalification. In this decision, the names/ trade titles of the candidates that make such application for prequalification, as well as the names/ trade titles of the candidates that are qualified and disqualified and the reasons of such disqualification shall be specified.
Article 28- Notification of results of prequalification and invitation to procurement
28.1. The reasons of disqualification shall be notified to the candidates that are not found qualified as a result of the evaluation of prequalification via registered and prepaid mail.
28.2. The letter of invitation to procurement shall be sent to all candidates that are found qualified as a result of the evaluation of prequalification. The letter of invitation shall include that the candidate is found qualified as a result of the evaluation of prequalification and where and at what price the tender document shall be purchased as well as the date and time of procurement.
Article 29- Cancellation of procurement
29.1. The procurement shall be cancelled when the number of candidates that can be invited to the procurement as a result of the evaluation of prequalification is less than five (5) or the number of tenderers that submit tender for the procurement is less than three (3).
29.2. If the procurement is cancelled, this shall be notified to all candidates.
29.3. The candidates cannot claim any right from the Contracting Entity for cancellation of the procurement.
Article 30- Settlement of disputes
30.1. All disputes arising during the process until the contract is executed and enforced shall be settled by Administrative Judiciary provided that rules related to the request for review in Article 54 and the subsequent Articles of Public Procurement Law No. 4734 are reserved.
30.2. The relevant provisions stipulated in the contract of work shall be applicable for any dispute arising from the implementation of the contract.
VI- MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS8