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Canadian firm SNC-Lavalin Constructors Inc was
paid TT$2.2 million by the T&T Government to design
the Penal hospital, despite receiving a ten-year ban
from the World Bank from bidding on contracts which
So said Udecott s media events and community out-
reach manager, Roxanne Stapleton-Whyms, yesterday.
In an e-mail, Stapleton-Whyms said there were no
ongoing negotiations between Udecott and the Canadian
Commercial Corporation (CCC) over the contract. The
$1 billion hospital is expected to be built at Clarke Road,
A due diligence review is ongoing for the construction
phase of the project.
Stapleton-Whyms could not provide any details on
the review. However, once it was completed, the CCC
would decide whether SNC-Lavalin qualified for the
project, it was stated.
However, Minister of Housing Dr Roodal Moonilal
said Government still reserved the right to reject the
contract if the CCC failed to explain on what grounds
SNC-Lavalin was chosen.
The project is divided into two phases: Design and
Udecott s CEO Kurt Ramlal said the design phase
of the project was almost completed. However, he said,
payment terms have not been finalised as tenets were
still being negotiated.
Ramlal added that CCC and Udecott were working
on the development of a contract for phase two.
A letter sent to Ramlal from Luc Allary, the regional
director of the Caribbean and Central America of the
Canadian Commercial Corporation, said SNC-Lavalin
Constructors International Inc was retained for the
The letter, dated November 1, 2012, read: "As stated
in the Framework Arrangement between our respective
governments, CCC confirms that it has engaged SNC-
Lavalin Constructors International Inc, one of the
leading engineering and construction groups in the
world, as its Canadian supplier to design, engineer,
procure, construct and commission the hospital in the
town of Penal."
When questioned about the nature of the review,
High Commissioner for Canada Gerard Latulippe said
the contract for the construction phase would be pro-
posed to the T&T Government for its signature once
the CCC had completed a review of SNC-Lavalin s
financial, managerial, technical, corporate social respon-
sibility capabilities and its commitment to ethical busi-
Asked why the due diligence review on the second
phase of the contract was taking so long, Latulippe
"The CCC carries a strong due diligence review of
the firms it works with prior to the signature of a con-
tract. The review involves an assessment of the firms
financial, managerial, technical, and Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR) capabilities to ensure the success
of the project.
"The CSR assessment includes a review of governance
and processes to ensure ethical business practices,
commitment to sustainable environmental practices
and knowledge transfer to the local population."
Latulippe added: " CCC takes very seriously and
considers the due diligence process as key commitments
to its government partners.
"These reviews are always complex and CCC must
therefore take the time to ensure all parties are assured
the contract will meet any level of scrutiny."
T&T s Commissioner to Canada Philip Buxo held
the position of director of the Caricom Region Energy
and Infrastructure Division of SNC-Lavalin.
However, he has distanced himself from the project,
saying he was never involved in the choice of con-
The CCC is a federal crown corporation mandated
to facilitate international trade on behalf of Canadian
industry, particularly within government markets.
The corporation s business lines are structured to
support Canadian companies contracting in a variety
of industries and sectors.
It represents Canadian interests while Udecott is
supervising the contract for the T&T Government.
$2.2m to design
hospital in Penal
...despite ten-year World Bank ban
BEST OF MORIAH
Zoo keepers were
called out yesterday to
assist the police to
remove a seven-foot
snake from a residence
at Andalucia in Maraval.
Police said one of the
residents came home and
found the boa constrictor
at the entrance of their
notified the police.
Constables Horne and
Wickham of the Maraval
Tactical Police Patrol
responded and called the
Emperor Valley Zoo.
Acting president of the
Zoological Society of T&T
Benjamin De La Rosa said
the zoo is usually called
to remove animals.
"We usually keep it in
quarantine and decide if
we keep it or let it loose
somewhere," he said.
"There are lots of
those snakes in the wild.
They will not attack peo-
ple like that. They feed
on rats or vermin. I am
sure it had been there
controlling the rat pop-
ulation unless it was
brought out by the rain.
They are around and co-
exist with people quite
well. They are not aggres-
sive to people and try to
De La Rosa said it was
unfortunate that people
look to kill the animals.
'Big snake' found
at Maraval home
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