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President of the JCC Afra Ray-
mond has also raised concerns about
ments, saying they were detrimental
to the economy.
A source who requested anonymity
claimed when tenders were adver-
tised for the Arima Hospital, China
Railway Construction put forward
the highest bid of $1.6 billion, while
two other contractors bid $1.4 billion
and $850 million.
"It is strange that China Railway,
which had the highest bid, got the
nod," the source said.
Udecott has denied those claims.
Housing Minister Dr Roodal
Moonilal could not be reached for
comment yesterday, as calls to his
cellular phone went unanswered.
Last week, Arima MP Rodger
Samuel announced that Cabinet had
agreed that Udecott would execute
a Memorandum of Understanding
with China Railway for construction
of the new hospital.
He said the same company was
also contracted by the PNM admin-
istration to complete the Scarborough
Hospital, Tobago, several years ago.
Samuel said the agreement resulted
from bilateral talks Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar held with
Chinese President Xi Jinping during
his June visit.
Trade Minister Vasant Bharath also
said China Railway Ltd was also
among four Chinese companies in
the running for construction of six
new business parks to be done with
Chinese loan-financing assistance.
The new parks, scheduled to be
completed by December 2014, will
be at locations including Reform,
Connector Road, Dow Village, Fred-
erick Settlement, Preysal and will
utilise 775 acres.
Continued from Page A1
In an interview, Jearlean John
said no contract has yet been
signed with China Railway. She
said, "There is no contract, no
memorandum of understanding
and no signing of framework
agreement. Nothing is cast in
stone. We are now going through
Udecott's media events manager
elaborated on this in an e-mail.
She said given bilateral
agreements between the
governments of T&T and the
People's Republic of China, which
were "further enshrined" by the
recent visit by Chinese President
Xi Jinping, the Chinese
government indicated an interest
in the China Railway Construction
Company building the hospital.
Stapleton-Whyms also said
Udecott has since been instructed
to do a due diligence review on the
China Railway Construction
Company and to determine
whether it is a viable entity to
construct this project.
She said the Arima Hospital
project had been tendered twice:
The first tender closed in July
2009 and the second in July 2012.
In 2009, she said, three
contractors bid for the Arima
• Bouygues Batiment
• China Railway Construction
"This process was terminated," she
explained, "since all three bids
were above Udecott's estimated
cost for the then existing scope of
The bidders in 2012 were:
• Kier Infrastructure
• China Railway Construction
This time there were wide
disparities between the bids, so
the Udecott board decided the
process should be quashed and the
tender re-issued with bridging
documents or more detailed
"This would ensure that the
proposals received were closely
based on the requirements of the
Ministry of Health," Stapleton-
"The scope of works has been
redefined/changed by the Ministry
of Health given the growing needs
of the populace."
She said the claim that the China
Railway Construction Company's
bid was $1.6 billion was totally
inaccurate, as was the statement
that it was the highest bidder.
In April, former Chinese railway minister Liu Zhijun was charged with
corruption and abuse of power. The Bloomsberg newsletter said Liu
presided over the ministry at a time when millions of yuan were wasted
"In one case, at least 187 million yuan was misappropriated by
individuals or companies involved in building the high-speed rail line from
Beijing to Shanghai, the National Audit Office reported in March 2011.
The auditor, which also investigated the railway from June to September
2011, also found that 491 million yuan was embezzled in land deals tied
to the railway project," the report said.
Chinese govt picks China Railway but...
John: No agreement
signed with Udecott
China Railway Construction is
one of the largest construction
companies in China and one of
the top 500 enterprises in the
world. Although it specialises in
construction, the company also
has operations in surveying,
design, and consulting;
manufacturing of road
maintenance machinery; and real
estate development and logistics
services related to its main
In addition to railway systems,
the state-owned corporation
works on highways, airports,
marine ports, hydropower and
water conservancy facilities,
industrial plants, and municipal
projects both at home and
CHARLES KONG SOO
Members of the St Ann s
Cascade Hololo Committee
Group (Stach) are upset that
the Ministry of Sports has
given permission to the
Hilton Trinidad to hold its
sports day function at Pres-
ident s Grounds today.
Today, Stach is also hosting
its prize-giving ceremony
which was scheduled for the
Secretary of the group
Derek Johnson, speaking with
the Sunday Guardian yester-
day, said, "It s total disrespect
by the Ministry of Sports
because we re using the
grounds every weekend and
the ministry is fully aware of
"Now they have gone and
given the Hilton permission
to use the grounds (today) for
their sports day, bearing in
mind the ministry has even
given us trophies to be used
for our prize-giving ceremony.
"We ve been using the
grounds for the past four
months for cricket and football
every Saturday and Sunday
and we keep the ministry
informed of our activities."
Stach said it was the second
time the ministry had done
this to them.
Johnson said on the previ-
ous occasion the group had
to reschedule its games for
two weekends to accommo-
date the National Lotteries
Control Board for its sports
day without being notified by
the Sports Ministry.
He said the prize-giving
ceremony and final game to
be played today was the cul-
mination of three months of
Johnson said the group had
asked the ministry to upgrade
the grounds, provide lights at
the venue for night games and
to provide water to no avail.
He said yesterday the hotel
already had its tents on the
Johnson said Hilton was
trying to accommodate them
but believed that it would be
impossible for the hotel to
wrap up its sports day early
for the group to hold its prize-
Calls to Sports Minister Anil
Roberts and Hilton Trinidad
remained unanswered up to
late last night.
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