Public Procurement collapse, Part Four

So, the campaign to save the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Act (The Act) failed. The government achieved its objective of greatly reducing the oversight of the Office of Procurement Regulation (OPR). This is the final article in this series — I, II and III — so I pose two important questions arising … Continue reading Public Procurement collapse, Part Four

Property Matters: In-Dependence? Part 4

Sad to say, but this bitter, bizarre HDC/CGGC contract and its reported cancellation requires that my Season of Reflection closes with further, more blatant, counterfactuals.  Last week I quipped about the amazing scenes we were witnessing in this episode, but the more recent statements denote a sharp descent. This recent barrage was an epic of … Continue reading Property Matters: In-Dependence? Part 4

Property Matters – In-Dependence? Part three

The previous article opened with news of the unexpected and welcome cancellation of the huge HDC/CGGC contract to design and build 5,000 new apartments. The barrage of stories on this issue in the last week has left one phrase ringing in my mind, VS Naipaul’s sardonic wit in his ‘independence novel’, A House for Mr … Continue reading Property Matters – In-Dependence? Part three

Property Matters – In-Dependence? Part two

On Thursday, 5 September 2019, the PM announced at the post-Cabinet media briefing that the large-scale HDC contract with China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC) for 5,000 new apartments was now ‘cancelled’- …That contract was reviewed extensively by the Cabinet and it has been stopped. HDC has been instructed to go back out to tender because there … Continue reading Property Matters – In-Dependence? Part two

Property Matters – In-Dependence?

  “Local contractors and consultants who compete with foreign companies should be provided with the same or equivalent benefits as enjoyed by those foreign companies and should be protected from unfair competition through matters such as soft loans.” —The Uff Report‘s 43rd recommendation, on the benefits awarded to foreign contractors.   This article will delve … Continue reading Property Matters – In-Dependence?

Property Matters – New Public Housing

“…that this is “a defining moment for the housing construction industry in Trinidad and Tobago”, the Minister stated that “the Government through agencies like the HDC, remains committed to providing affordable, well-designed housing accommodation and adequate infrastructure and amenities for the various low and middle income citizens…” —Statement by Housing and Urban Development Minister, Major-General … Continue reading Property Matters – New Public Housing

VIDEO: Interview on The Morning Brew on new Chinese housing contract

Afra Raymond sits with Hema Ramkissoon on the Morning Brew to discuss the newly revealed public-private agreement to finance and build 5,000 apartment units in Port of Spain and San Fernando with China Gezhouba Group International Engineering Co Ltd (CGGC). Opinions on whether this is a good deal or not. Video courtesy CNC3 Television. Programme … Continue reading VIDEO: Interview on The Morning Brew on new Chinese housing contract