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Chicago State University
SoleSource #0831IP
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award InfoPublished Friday June 27, 2008
Awarded to:
Vendor: International Book Bank, Inc., Baltimore,, MA
Amount: $64,250
Terms:  One-time transaction
This organization is used for other shipping of additional items by USAID for Africa programs. Organization is non- profit company.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Thursday, June 12, 2008
The University awarded a contract for Shipping Educational materials to Accra, Ghana. , to International Book Bank, Inc., Baltimore,, MA, for $64,250.
Text Books for Ghana Announced (from US AID's November 2007 FrontLines, attached) US AID Administrator Henrietta Fore announced Sept. 18 that Chicago State University (CSU) will receive a $2 million grant to develop, produce, and distribute textbooks for schoolchildren in Ghana. The award comes two years after CSU received $3 million under President Bush?s African Education Initiative to fund its Textbooks and Learning Materials Program (TLMP) in Ghana, part of an overall Administration effort to provide 15 million textbooks and other learning materials to Africa?s children by 2010. The new funding will allow the university to provide additional textbooks for children at the kindergarten level and grades one through three. ?We are proud of our extensive association with American colleges and universities, such as Chicago State University, where we tap into the resources and know-how of the best and brightest of this country,? Fore said. ?This is the first time in Ghana?s history that books have been created in partnership with the United States which has countrywide distribution and sustainable impact,? said Adama Conteh, executive director of CSU?s Office of International
This purchase is only economically available from a single source because the The vendor offers turn-key service in receiving, assessing, re-packing for ocean freight, obtaining best-rate quotes, and managing entire shipping process from domestic origin to final foreign destination. In addition, the vendor has recent and frequent experience specifically shipping goods to Accra, Ghana, including 16 shipments in their fiscal year 2006-07, for other charities such as World Vision Canada and CODE Canada. Finally, the vendor has in the past worked with the Africa Education Initiative of U.S. AID to ship books and educational materials to African countries and therefore has familiarity with the goals and concerns of the Textbook Learning Materials Program.

For additional information, contact:
Nate Tindall
Chicago State University
Cook Administration Building, Rm. 111
9501 South King Drive
Chicago State University
Chicago, IL 60628-1598
Phone: (733) 995-2424

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