Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 24th 2014 Contents are few producers, and therefore real com-
petition is not much of an issue. The markets
are small so the consumer does not have that
much choice, generally they take what is avail-
Asked how is quality measured in the
exporting of goods, Reddock said there are
two hurdles which must be adhered to when
going into any market. One is quality and the
other is competition.
"In the export situation, quality tends to
become an absolute necessity because you
don t want to give a foreign country ad oppor-
tunity to reject your goods because it would
be much more difficult to get back into the
market once you have been rejected."
High quality means higher prices, Reddock
"If we compete on price, we would always
struggle, so we would probably have to look
for high quality outputs to be able to access
different markets because we definitely can t
compete in the low quality market because
our prices are too high.
The TTBS often sends samples of products
like cement abroad for quality testing.
"Areas like cement we tend to send the test
abroad because we don t have accredited facil-
ities, except at Trinidad Cement Ltd, but that
would be himself unto himself," Reddock said.
"Internally, we do tests on things like roofing
sheets, electrical wiring. We do not deal with
food and drug and cosmetics, which is a huge
area. We are sort of statute barred from those
areas. We concentrate on construction mate-
rials, steel bars, reinforcement bars, coatings,
paints, bleach, detergents."
Foreign used tyres
In his October 1, 2012, budget presentation
Finance Minister Larry Howai had said there
would be a 30 per cent increase in import
duties on foreign used tyres, causing conster-
nation from tyre shop owners.
Reddock explained the process for checking
the standard of a shipment of foreign used
"Each set of used goods has its own history.
Whereas you can predict issues with manu-
factured goods, you can t predict the condition
of a used good, and if it is something as func-
tional as a tyre, we needed to develop a system
for looking at every tyre, which is what we
had to do."
Reddock said all foreign used tyres are
checked and each one is inspected for the
depth of its threading.
Asked whether he had enough staff for this
exercise, Reddock said: "Half of our staff is
involved in that activity. I think we manage
to do a reasonable job. There is always room
for improvement. Our figures have shown that
the level of the quality of the imported tyre
has increased significantly compared to days
when we started inspection."
The TTBS began inspection in 1994 and
had to expand to be able to deal with the
amount of imports.
"The amount of imports (of tyres) has
decreased, I think the importers have realised
they need to import decent tyres into the
country and not just any tyre they happen
to come across."
Reddock said the TTBS shies away from
imposing penalties as it tries to educate busi-
nesses rather than create fear.
"As far as penalties are concerned, most of
the times it would be people trying to make
improper imports. There are a number of
things we do before we reach to the courts.
We just don t allow the goods to come into
the country. If we find something that is inap-
propriate, we would partner with Customs
and tell them don t allow it to come into the
country. We would either have the item
dumped or sent back to the manufacturer."
Commenting on the legal framework in T&T
within which the TTBS operates, Reddock
said: "We are still waiting on the proclamation
of the Metrology Act. The Act was passed in
2004. It was originally drafted in 1978. The
thing about an Act like that is while it only
deals with measurement, it seems like it s not
important, but measurements are fundamental
to all the other activities we do. If we are not
guaranteed the best measurements, it is difficult
for anything that depends on measurement
to be of a high quality."
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Rome-based GTech SpA, in a news
release last week, announced that its
subsidiary GTech Latin America Cor-
poration has signed a seven-year con-
tract extension to continue providing
lottery technology, and marketing
services for the National Lotteries
Control Board (NLCB) of T&T.
The seven-year term will auto-
matically extend for an additional
three-year period through March 11,
NLCB is the exclusive legal lottery
operator in Trinidad and Tobago, with
GTech as its sole lottery technology
provider since 1993. This is the fifth
extension of the original contract to
be awarded to GTECH. Up to press
time, GTech press contacts in Italy
did not respond to Guardian queries
about the value of the contract with
the state-owned company.
However, President and Chief
Executive Officer of GTech Americas
Jaymin B Patel told professional gam-
bling news portal Opergame: "Over
the last four years, total sales of the
NLCB lottery gaming has grown
almost 40 per cent, driven mainly
by the development and optimization
of its range of games, including new
titles and characteristics, a new game
matrix, and promotions for users.
"In particular, the NLCB saw its
instant portfolio grow more than 50
per cent in the last three years with
the introduction of new products and
Patel said GTech will continue to
work closely with the NLCB.
Under the terms of the contract
renewal, the company will replace its
current central system with its Enter-
prise Series solution, which is
designed specifically to offer a better
focus on technology to support the
business plan of the NLCB with the
flexible tools necessary for increasing
sales, GTech told Opergame.
New point-of-sale terminals called
Altura GT1200 terminals will replace
the current terminals. The retailer
network is expected to increase from
900 to 1200, Opergame said.
GTech will also deliver 500 Tick-
et-Scan Plus machines which would
allow gamblers to safely identify their
winning tickets, Opergame said.
GTech said it will also display its "ES
MultiMedia" technology which will
allow the NLCB to manage, distribute
and visualize multimedia content
such as games, advertising, transac-
tions and messaging through a single
point of control.
GTech gets seven-year extension...
NLCB sales grow almost
40% over last four years
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