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guardian.co.tt Sunday, July 2, 2017
Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
MINISTRY OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Tenders are invited for the following:
A mandatory site visit will be held on July 6th 2017. Tenderers are asked to
assemble at No. 80 Independence Square at 10:00 am.
envelopes addressed to:
The Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Planning and Development
Level 14, Eric Williams Financial Complex,
Independence Square, Port Of Spain.
“Tender for the Demolition, Removal, Fencing
and Paving of the old CSO Building”
1:00pm on Wednesday,
19th July 2017.
of the tender.
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All requests for information should be addressed to:
Tel: 612-3000 ext. 2126/2130/2064
Please visit www.planning.gov.tt/careers for further tender details.
one year later
Today marks a year since the country’s fourth
and sixth prime minister, Patrick Manning died.
For the Manning family it has been both a chal-
lenge to deal with the loss of a man who played a
major role in their lives and also an opportunity
to seek ways to preserve his legacy.
In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Guardian,
the family’s spokesman, Brian Manning said the loss
has led to he and his brother spending more quiet
time reflecting, while his mother has thrown herself
into her consulting work that includes working with
He said, “It’s difficult to lose a father and to lose
someone who was a focal point in our lives. I think it’s
the most private we have been in a long time.
We needed time for ourselves, to focus on taking
care of our lives and our emotional needs. It moti-
vated us to focus on his legacy and the vision he had
for all of us.
“I found solace in having some more quiet time. I
spent more time by myself, not letting a lot of peo-
ple in for a while because I needed to be alone with
my thoughts and my feelings; my mother has really
poured herself into her private consultancy. That
includes working to improve the lives of others, es-
pecially young people, that is what I think brings her
comfort and peace.”
Brian said his mother was now a certified life coach
and worked with organisations in improving produc-
tivity and leadership among young people to help them
improve their self-esteem and achieve their goals.
Manning died on July 2 at the San Fernando Gen-
eral Hospital, where he was admitted for treatment
of acute myeloid leukaemia, a rare form of cancer.
Brian said while it had been a challenging year,
the family was now clear on what it wanted to do to
preserve Mr Manning’s legacy.
He said there were four major projects that the
family planned to roll out in honour of Mr Manning.
Brian said his father never wrote a book and the
plan was to now launch a book that would look at the
former prime minister’s life and career.
The family also wants to have a Distinguished
Lecture Series in which the lectures will be based
on development issues and ways that T&T can di-
versify the economy.
Brian said the third initiative was the establish-
ment the Patrick Manning Regional Development
Fund with the aim being to work with international
bodies to deal with extreme poverty in the region and
also to promote a regional recycling project to assist
The Manning family also wants to have an exhibition
that focuses on Mr Manning’s legacy as politician,
husband, father, and a son, while maintaining an
updated web page on Mr Manning.
Manning’s focus was on development
Brian said his father’s main focus was on the devel-
opment of the country and that his father understood
that the oil and gas sector would have faced challenges
because of the advent of shale gas and tight oil.
He said the idea was to use the country’s natural
gas to go downstream into heavy industry including
aluminium, plastics, iron and steel and out of it forge
a manufacturing and services economy. He pointed
to the International Financial Centre and Tamana
InTech Park as examples of his father’s vision to move
away from a dependence on oil and gas.
“We had lengthy discussions about policy about
vision 2020 and about where he saw the country going.
The plan was about diversifying the economy. If we
are using the gas to develop downstream energy-in-
tensive industries then we can produce and become
competitive at producing any good.”
Brian said his father’s greatest focus was on the
development of the country’s human capital and that
is why Mr Manning saw Gate as one of his greatest
“His focus in my mind was in developing people.
We cannot become a country of people who are all
doctors and lawyers and engineers. That does not
develop a society.
Patrick Manning’s sons.
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