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Friday, March 2, 2018
CDB sets up
office in Haiti
dos-based Caribbean Develop-
ment Bank (CDB) will establish its
first country office in the Republic
of Haiti later this year. Minister of
Foreign Affairs Antonio Rodrigue
and the Bank’s Vice-President
(Operations), Monica La Bennett,
signed the agreement on Tuesday
on the sidelines of the 29th In-
tersessional Meeting of the Con-
ference of Heads of Government
of the Caribbean Community in
La Bennett said that the signing
of the Country Agreement further
cements the strong partnership
between CDB and the Republic of
“Last year, CDB, in collabora-
tion with the Government of Haiti,
developed a country strategy plan
for the period 2017 to 2021, with
an indicative resource envelope of
US$100 million to help Haiti meet
its development priorities.
“The strategy focuses on three
main themes: agriculture and
community development, sus-
tainable energy development and
education and training. It is this
deepening engagement between
CDB and the Government of Haiti
that has led us to conclude that
there is a need for a country of-
JTA director laid to rest
JTA director Carlyle Kenneth
Mack, 69, who lost his battle with
cancer earlier this week, was
given a grand send off yesterday,
the highlight of which was a pro-
cession through the C3 Shopping
Mourners turned out to pay
their last respects at a funeral ser-
vice at the St Benedict’s RC Church
In the eulogy, Mack’s nephew,
Curtis, said the late businessman
showed a great deal of courage in
his final months.
“For the past ten months as my
uncle battled an aggressive form
of cancer he fought and fought
and was always optimistic that he
would beat it. He never gave up
even to his last breath.
“He also never complained
about any pain or discomfort. He
was champion to the very end
showing great composure courage
and determination,” he said.
He described his uncle as a
strong, family-oriented, friendly
and down to earth man who al-
ways had a smile on his face.
Another nephew, Christopher,
said Mack was like a father to him
and was his hero.
Fr Christian Pereria, who offi-
ciated at the service, told mourn-
ers: “We realise that people like
him make us feel that life is worth
the effort and that our efforts are
worth the journey we are engaged
He said the experience of the
Mack’s life was a reminder “of
God’s life in more ways than one.”
Pereira added that the love Mack
shared and experienced in his
family was a blessing which will be
cherished by many generations.
Following the service, the fu-
neral cortège drove through the
shopping mall. A private inter-
ment took place at Belgroves Fu-
neral Home on Coffee Street.
The wrong photo was used
yesterday in our story on the
passing of businessman Carlyle
Kenneth Mack. We apologise to
his loved ones and friends for the
New aluminum projects for La Brea
Government has announced plans
for two multi-million dollar alu-
minium projects in La Brea.
As he unveiled the plans to res-
idents and stakeholders during
a meeting at the Vessigny Gov-
ernment Secondary School on
Wednesday evening, Energy Min-
ister Franklin Khan urged them to
avoid labour disputes which could
result in projects and work sites
being shut down.
The two downstreams projects
are a cable and wire plant and
an aluminium flat roll plant Khan
did not give further details expect
to say that the aluminium will be
imported and fabrication will be
done in La Brea. He said the area
has the potential to become the
next Point Lisas.
“La Brea has been on the fringes
for decades. La Brea development
has more been characterised by
opportunities lost than opportu-
nities found,” he said, as he ap-
pealed to residents to support this
third attempt at industrialisation.
Khan recalled that Farmlands
Mischem was supposed to be set
up in La Brea but when the govern-
ment changed, the company was
allowed to move to Point Lisas.
The second industrial attempt
failed when plans to build an al-
uminium smelter were scrapped
because of protests.
“They came and sold you a story
that it will cause cancer,” he said.
“People jump on the band wagon
and start to march and say they
don’t want the smelter.”
Khan said the country suffered
billions of dollars in losses as a
result. The minister told resi-
dents even after protest action
at Trinidad Offshore Fabrication
Company (TOFCO), the Juniper
platform was built and delivered.
However, bpTT decided to build
the Angelin platform in Mexico.
“We cannot continue like that.
Other jurisdictions have learned to
resolve issues without obstructing
development,” he said.
“This government is sticking its
neck out for the people of La Brea.
We have to work out at lot of chal-
lenges and a lot of risks.”
La Brea MP Nicole Olivierre also
appealed to constituents to sup-
port the project. She said a four
week protest had delayed comple-
tion of the Caribbean Gas Chem-
icals Limited (CGCL) methanol
plant by two months.
“Maximizing the benefits of in-
dustrial development is not just
about construction jobs and not
just about jobs on the plants them-
selves, it is about growth for the
entire community,” she said.
Point Fortin MP Edmund Dil-
lion, the Minister of National Secu-
rity, promised to work to ensure a
peaceful and secure environment
for investment but said the resi-
dents need to do their part.
“For too long there has been a
small cadre of individuals who
are preventing development from
happening through strikes and
protests. When we do the analy-
sis we understand that there must
be a calling for the more positive
voices,” he said.
Franklin Khan, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, during his presentation of Energy is your Business on
Wednesday night at the Vessigny High School.
PICTURE TONY HOWELL
Family members of the late JTA director Carlyle Kenneth Mack (inset) in prayer during his funeral service at the
Benedict’s RC Church in La Romaine yesterday. PICTURE RISHI RAGOONAATH
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