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EXTENSION OF DEADLINE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS FOR
THE CHAGUARAMAS HOTEL, CONVENTION CENTRE AND MARINA
The Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) wishes to advise that on the 5th day of February 2013 it issued a
Request for Proposals (the RFP) seeking proposals from qualified and experienced developers/investors for the refur-
bishment/reconstruction and operation of the Chaguaramas Hotel and Convention Centre and the construction and oper-
ation of a Marina (the Project) at Chaguaramas, Trinidad on lands comprising approximately 15.4 acres with sea frontage.
The RFP and the original advertisement of same provided May 31st 2013 as the deadline for the submission of propos-
Qualified and experienced developers/investors are invited to submit proposals for the Project. Submission of proposals
is open to all proponents who can demonstrate that they have the qualifications, financial resources and the technical
experience in projects of similar size and type as outlined in the RFP.
The hotel and convention centre must meet 4 star standards and the marina must be of a world class standard as pro-
vided in the RFP.
A proponent may assemble a team to submit a proposal as a joint venture or a consortium. Joint venturers will be joint-
ly and severally liable for the performance of the Successful Proponent's responsibilities.
A proponent (or in the case of a joint proposal, at least one member of the consortium or joint venture) must have, with-
in the last ten (10) years, undertaken one or more elements of a project(s) of a similar nature (the entire consortium or
joint venture must as a whole comprise members who collectively satisfy this requirement). A project of a similar nature
means a project of comparable size and complexity involving the refurbishment or reconstruction and operation of hotels,
convention centres and marinas.
Evaluation of proposals will be based on requirements including: Qualification and Experience, Financial Capability and
The CDA invites suitably qualified entities to subscribe for a copy of the RFP and all addenda issued for a non- refund-
able fee of US$1,000.00 or TT$6,430.00 payable by cash, certified cheque or direct deposit or wire transfer to the CDA
and thereupon register as proponents.
Proponents are asked to contact the CDA's Corporate Secretary at the telephone numbers listed below for details on
direct deposits or wire transfers.
Copies of the RFP are available at the office of the CDA at Airway Road, Chaguaramas, Trinidad, Tel: (868) 634-4413;
Fax: (868) 634-4311 during the hours of 8am -3pm except weekends and public holidays. Before collecting the RFP pack-
age proponents will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement the form of which can be viewed on the CDA's web-
site www.chagdev.com or at the CDA's head office, Airway Road, Chaguaramas.
Proposals in response to the RFP may be submitted by registered proponents only, and must be received by 12 noon on
in accordance with the requirements of the RFP.
was held on 14th March 2013 and a
will be held on 27th June, 2013 at 10.a.m.
A site visit was held on 15th March, 2013 and a
will be held on the same date immediately following
the pre-submission briefing which is 27th June, 2013.
The CDA will not be responsible for any cost incurred by any proponent in preparing its proposal and reserves the right to
cancel the RFP process or vary its terms without liability for any cost incurred by any proponent in submitting a proposal.
GUATEMALA CITY---Former dictator Efrain Rios
Montt s conviction of genocide is a historic moment
in a country still healing from a brutal, three-decade
civil war and his trial offered Guatemala s oppressed
indigenous communities their first chance to be
heard, human rights activists said.
Relatives of those killed and activists celebrated
the 80-year sentence handed down by a tribunal to
Rios Montt on Friday, a sweet moment in their long
struggle to punish the former dictator who presided
over one of the bloodiest chapters of a war that killed
some 200,000 people, mainly indigenous Mayans.
During the trial Ixil Mayans, who have long suffered
discrimination, stood up and testified about mass
rapes, the killings of women and children, and other
atrocities that authorities had often denied took place.
"It s important that victims were given a voice,
that they were given an opportunity to be heard, to
feel vindicated, to show they are not crazy and that
what they went through did happen," said human
rights activist Helen Mack, whose sister Mirna was
killed in 1990 while documenting abuses against
indigenous communities during the war.
"It s a painful process for Guatemala but we need
to go through it if we want to heal our wounds as
a society," said Mack.
But she warned that it remains to be seen if justice
will be served in the case, despite the conviction of
the 86-year-old ex-general for genocide and crimes
"This sentence is still not firm because Rios Montt s
lawyers have already said they will work to nullify
it," she said.
The ruling was the state s first official acknowl-
edgment that genocide occurred during the 36-year
civil war that ended with peace accords in 1996. It
was also the first time such a sentence for genocide
was ever handed down against a former Latin Amer-
ican leader in his own country.
For Guatemalan Nobel Peace laureate Rigoberta
Menchu the unprecedented trial was an opportunity
for Ixil Mayans to show other indigenous communities
how to exercise their rights.
"This was achieved by the Ixil people. This could
mean that everyone, all indigenous people all over
the planet who have been treated with hatred, who
have been branded as liars, could hopefully start
living in harmony," Menchu said.
When the guilty verdict was announced, the crowd-
ed courtroom erupted in cheers. Some women who
lost relatives in the massacres wept.
"This is a verdict that is just. This brings justice
for the victims, justice for the people of Guatemala,"
said Edgar Perez of the Association for Justice and
Reconciliation, one of the groups that originally
brought the criminal complaint against the ex-dictator
a dozen years ago.
"Judge, Judge! Restore order!" Rios Montt shouted
as cameramen and photographers swarmed him after
the verdict was announced.
In delivering the verdict by the three-judge tribunal,
Presiding Judge Yassmin Barrios said, "he knew about
everything that was going on and he did not stop
it, despite having the power to stop it from being
The proceedings suffered ups and downs as the
trial was suspended for 12 days amid appeals and at
times appeared headed for annulment.
The 80-year sentence was somewhat symbolic,
given Rios Montt s age and the fact that Guatemala s
maximum sentence is 50 years. His lawyers vowed
to appeal the ruling. (AP)
women and men
killed in the
the judge's guilty
Jose Efrain Rios
Montt after his
genocide trial in
Friday. AP PHOTO
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