Afra Raymond asks: Who will benefit from the expenditure of public funds at Invader’s Bay?

Updated August 4, 2012

Trinidad & Tobago government negotiating with businessmen for Invaders Bay Development Project

Just like in Barbados where politicians sometimes use the most elaborate schemes and deceptions to transfer public lands and other assets to the private sector without transparency or lawful process, the government of T&T is about to provide private interests with public assets at Invaders Bay. Will the public interest truly be served? And how are the people of T&T to be assured that there is nothing happening ‘on the left’ ???

Govt green light for talks on Invaders Bay

Cabinet yesterday gave approval for negotiations to begin with businessmen Derek Chin and Jerry Joseph for the Invaders Bay Development project.

Planning Minister Dr Bhoe Tewarie, speaking at the post-Cabinet news conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s said that D Chin Commercial Development Ltd’s proposal to lease a portion of the State land to construct a Streets of the World entertainment and shopping complex was accepted and negotiations will commence with market determined commercial lease rates…

… read the latest at the Trinidad Express Govt green light for talks on Invaders Bay

BFP’s original story first published April 25, 2012…

Do citizens have a right to know where and how public funds are being spent?

The land at Invader’s Bay, Trinidad was reclaimed at public expense about 10 years ago. Now Afra Raymond and the Joint Consultative Council for the Construction Industry are trying to determine who owns the lands, and under what laws the lands were created and transferred.

Simple questions, to be sure… but the answers have not been forthcoming from the Trinidad and Tobago government.

Golly! I wonder why!

Afra and his JCC friends are joined by the Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry & Commerce, the Trinidad & Tobago Manufacturers’ Association and the Trinidad & Tobago Transparency Institute. Numerous Freedom of Information requests have been made but the responses have not been as they should be in a free and democratic society.

Hey… what is the T&T government afraid of? What is the government hiding?

Stay tuned folks… this isn’t over yet.

Joint Consultative Council for the Construction Industry: Invader’s Bay Development Questions


Filed under Consumer Issues, Corruption, Freedom Of Information, Trinidad and Tobago

4 responses to “Afra Raymond asks: Who will benefit from the expenditure of public funds at Invader’s Bay?

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    Its not that the Government does not have an answer, its just that they have not come up with a good one yet. I am sure that they have several, such is the extent of their brilliance.

  2. Name that tune.

    We have the same type of scandal all the time in Barbados. This week it is with a scrap metal business that received government ‘assistance’ without it going through parliament. The environment minister is in doo-doo over it but nothing will come of it.

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