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Contracts have been
awarded in a TT$1.2 bil-
lion investment in the
rehabilitation of T&T s
waste water treatment
plants to allow for a cen-
tralised sewerage system.
This was announced at
a press conference yes-
terday at Radisson Hotel,
Wrightson Road, Port-of-
The funds, which have
been acquired by the
Water and Sewerage
through two loans from
(IADB), will go toward
constructing new plants
in Malabar, San Fernando
T&T already has over
200 waste water treat-
ments plants but head of
Wastewater Projects at
WASA Denise Lee Sing-
Perreira said "quite a few"
of those were not func-
tioning properly and
would be decommis-
"A lot of the facilities
we have are non-func-
tioning or not operating
effectively as in some
cases waste water will
enter the site before being
released into the open
environment," she added.
Lee Sing-Perreira said
that did not comply with
Authority s Draft Pollution
"The new system will
be better for the environ-
ment and align itself with
the EMA s rules," she said.
T&T had not seen any
improvement in waste
water plants in over 50
The project, which is
essentially a complete
restructuring of the coun-
try s current system, will
take between five and
eight years to complete
and will be completed in
According to WASA
CEO Gerard Yorke more
than 200,000 people
would benefit from the
He said the projects
would seek to expand
T&T s sewerage system
to satisfy the increasing
demand by citizens.
"With respect to san-
itation, it is estimated that
AmCham T&T is calling on the
Government to take appropriate
action to ensure speedy passing of
the public procurement legislation
and to establish the necessary infra-
structure to implement it effectively.
That, AmChan said, was central to
the notion of good governance.
The call was made by the organ-
isation s president Hugh Howard at
AmCham s post-budget panel dis-
cussion at the Hilton Hotel, Port-of-
He said the issue of public pro-
curement also lent itself to discussions
on institutional strengthening, par-
ticularly targeting white-collar crime.
He said AmCham was pleased that
the Miscellaneous Provisions (Pro-
ceeds of Crime Anti-Terrorism,
Financial Intelligence Unit of T&T))
Bill had been unanimously passed in
the Senate earlier this year.
AmCham was also encouraged by
the MOU signed among the T&T
Securities and Exchange Commission
(TTSEC), the Financial Intelligence
Unit (FIU) and the Central Bank in
the absence of a formalised protocol
for the sharing of information, dealing
with arbitrary and unauthorised
requests for information and the pro-
tection of confidential information
and resulting liability.
He added: "AmCham is, however,
of the view that further strengthening
of the FIU is of urgent necessity, given
the fact that there have been 1,115
suspicious transaction reports, to the
value of $1.12 billion, made to the
FIU over the past three years, and
yet, to our knowledge no prosecutions
or convictions have emerged there-
He said an important tool in tack-
ling white-collar crime was data-
collection methodology to provide
the public with statistics on cases
and conviction rates.
He also urged that priority atten-
tion should be given to the develop-
ment of human capital, including the
promotion of continuous on-the-job
training, acquiring new competencies
to develop world-class skills, speedy
adoption of new technologies, includ-
ing information technology and com-
munications, and aligning skills train-
ing with current and projected
only 30 per cent of T&T s
population is serviced by
centralised waste water
facilities, with the remain-
ing 70 per cent being
serviced by on lot systems
which are mainly septic
tanks and pit latrines,"
already been chosen to
execute the work which
is expected to begin by
the end of the year.
Head of WASA s strate-
gic planning and invest-
ment Alan Poon King said
the nature of the work to
be conducted would entail
excavation and under-
He anticipated that
while work continued,
residents in some areas
would be negatively
affected by disruption to
traffic but added part of
the process would be to
consult with residents.
Head of WASA's waste water projects, Denise Lee Sing- Perreira, addresses
members of the media. Others at the head table are, from second left, director of
customer care Doodnath Bhola, head of strategic planning and investments Allan
Poon-King and the authority's CEO Gerard Yorke during WASA's press briefing
yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
WASA to spend $1.2b
to beef up waste plants
Phase one of loan 2890/OC-TT of US$246.5
million will focus on the construction of two
new plants in the Malabar and San Fernando.
Phase two will continue integration and
expansion of the sewerage network for
connection to the new regional plants and
phase three would expand the wastewater
collection in communities to cover the
population in catchment areas.
The other loan---2600/OC-TT of US$50
million---will be used to facilitate the takeover,
refurbishment, upgrade or decommissioning of
the plant in Maloney.
Chinese company Sinohydro Corporation
Limited has been chosen for construction of the
Malabar wastewater treatment plant and
collection system at a total cost of US $96
Spanish firm Acciona Agua SAU and Mexican
company Atlatec SA de CV will construct the
San Fernando plant at a cost of US$101.6
AMCham to Govt:
Pass procurement law now
In AmCham's 2014/2015 budget
recommendations he said issues
highlighted represented the core
challenges that confronted the country
and were critical to inspiring confidence
in the development of trade and
investment locally and within the
The issues were:
• Law and order.
• Agriculture and food security.
• Health care services and hospitals.
• Economic growth.
• Job creation.
• Competitiveness and innovation.
• Poverty reduction.
• Human capital development.
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