AUDIO: Interview on MORE 104.7 FM on Sandals Tobago “pull out”

Afra Raymond is interviewed by David Walker on 104.7 MORE FM on the debacle of the collapse of the projected Sandals managed luxury resort in Tobago. The MoU details and the actions of the State in its negotiations towards the MoU are discussed. Audio courtesy MORE 104.7 FM Programme Date: Thursday 17th January 2019 Programme … Continue reading AUDIO: Interview on MORE 104.7 FM on Sandals Tobago “pull out”

VIDEO: Sandals Tobago and You: What you Need to Know – An analysis

Afra Raymond was at the Scarborough Public Library in Tobago on 13 December 2018 to speak on his successful Freedom of Information request to see the Memorandum of Understanding between the T&T government and the Sandals Group to develop and run a Sandal/Beaches resort in Tobago. His analysis of the MoU was discussed and Q&A … Continue reading VIDEO: Sandals Tobago and You: What you Need to Know – An analysis

Property Matters – Sandals Tobago?

The recent official statements about a proposal for a Sandals Resort in Tobago are significant, given both the convulsions in the Tourism portfolio and the urgent need to diversify our economy away from its long-term dependence on energy earnings. This is a preliminary view of some of the relevant considerations, since the sparse details now … Continue reading Property Matters – Sandals Tobago?

Property Matters – More Tobago Love

In this article I continue to examine the PPPs in Tobago against the role of the responsible elites or officials for these important matters. Before returning to those large-scale, misbegotten PPP schemes, it is important to give the background in terms of learning and the institutional framework. The Finance Ministry’s PPP Unit was established in … Continue reading Property Matters – More Tobago Love

Property Matters – Tobago Love

Tobago Love n. Trinidad & Tobago 1. The act of beating one’s partner to prove one’s love… from TriniMummy.com [Via http://www.skettel.com/ an online Caribbean dictionary.] This article uses the threads I have been exploring in relation to the two large-scale Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Tobago to discuss the risks which are likely to arise … Continue reading Property Matters – Tobago Love

Property Matters – Sandals Shuffle

Property Matters – Sandals Shuffle

“…we are running a Country, not a Company…” —Mia Mottley QC MP, Barbados PM – from her inaugural budget Wednesday, 20 March 2019   This title occurred to me due to the quiet backsliding of the main supporters of the Tobago Sandals project. This is the kind of situation where people thought they were operating … Continue reading Property Matters – Sandals Shuffle

VIDEO: Panel discussion on Sandals “pull out” on CCN TV6 – 15 January 2019

On the evening of Tuesday, 15 January 2019, Political Editor at CCN TV6 Juhel Browne (Right) spoke with (L-R) CCN’s Head of the Multimedia Business Desk, Anthony Wilson, UNC Senator Saddam Hosein and Chartered Surveyor and Transparency Advocate Afra Raymond on the turn of events following the withdrawal by the Sandals Group from the deal … Continue reading VIDEO: Panel discussion on Sandals “pull out” on CCN TV6 – 15 January 2019

VIDEO: The Morning Brew interview re Sandals pull out – 16 January 2019

Afra Raymond was interviewed on The Morning Brew on CNC3 Television regarding the pull out of the Sandals Group from the proposed deal to manage a new Sandals and Beaches resort in Tobago. The publication of the details of the memorandum of understanding is questioned as a catalyst for the pull out decision. Video courtesy … Continue reading VIDEO: The Morning Brew interview re Sandals pull out – 16 January 2019

Property Matters – The Sandals Re-MoU

— Winer, Lise. Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago: On Historical Principles. (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2008) p. 758 Many years ago, in an earlier life, I was taught about the perils of the short-lived ‘remou’ and that word snapped back into my mind when considering the current position with this Sandals MoU, … Continue reading Property Matters – The Sandals Re-MoU