Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 21st 2014 Contents The Private Sector/Civil Soci-
ety Unit of Unions and Business
Groups, headed by Winston
Riley, has encouraged parliamen-
tarians to complete work on the
procurement bill and support it,
lest it be lost when Parliament
goes into recess at monthend.
The unit said so in a statement
as debate on amendments to the
bill remain on hold, pending
debate in the Lower House.
The bill was passed with
amendments in the Senate. These
must be examined and approved
by the Lower House before the
bill can be assented to and pro-
claimed. Parliament prorogues by
August 3 for a month-long break.
Uncompleted bills or unsaved
committee work, all lapse at ses-
sion s end.
The amendments were expect-
ed to have been debated in the
Lower House last week, but dis-
cussion focused on the Securities
Bill and the Midwives Bill.
The Private Sector/Civil Society
unit of Union and Business
Groups comprises the T&T
Chamber, T&T Manufacturers
Association, T&T Transparency
Institute, Amcham, Local Content
Chamber of T&T, Federation of
Independent Trade Union and
Expressing concern that the
work done to bring the legislation
to this point would be lost if Par-
liament recesses before passage
of the bill, the unit stated, "We
encourage members of the Lower
House to complete their consid-
eration of the bill and give it their
"To do anything else would be
to step back into systems that
"We re quite aware the bill isn t
perfect and the group will con-
tinue to advocate for a role for
civil society in the legislation as
an adviser and watchdog and not
a participant in the process."
"We again thank the current
administration for giving its sup-
port to this critical and long out-
standing piece of legislation. We
also thank the Opposition for its
contributions and the Senate as
a whole for tremendous effort
and sincerity of purpose displayed
in getting the bill to this stage,"
Communication Minister Vas-
ant Bharath said the bill will be
debated before the session s end.
PNM whip Marlene McDonald
said Friday s Parliament session
was (PNM s) Private Members
day, when debate on a Life Sport
motion would continue.
She couldn t say ahead of
today s PNM caucus if the Oppo-
sition would support the bill.
Monday, July 21, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
A reported proposal for
cable cars to take people
up to Fort Picton in Laven-
tille is only an idea and is
not on the table for con-
sideration or approval,
Planning Minister Bhoe
Tewarie said in Parliament
Replying on an Opposi-
tion question, Tewarie said
he had only spoken about
the idea recently and it made the head-
Tewarie said the idea came from an
IDB-supported plan for such facilities
in certain parts of the hemisphere after
an IDB-funded vist to T&T, by Swiss
students, who did a study on the issue.
UWI and UTT students were also
It was proposed that cable cars could
ferry local and foreign visitors as well
as residents between those
hilly parts of Laventille near
Fort Picton and City Gate.
The proposal was received
and accepted for further
consideration to improve
access to the heritage site.
To date the IDB has con-
tracted a feasibility study
by a consultant and draft
terms of reference for a pro-
posal are being reviewed by
a local technical team.
But, he said, "To date no
specific cable car projections are on the
table for consideration nor for approval
After expressing an interest in such
a system, financial, economic and tech-
nical studies are to be done. Tewarie
said as a result there is no estimated
date for the start of infrastructural work
until studies are done and a decision is
made whether or not to pursue imple-
menting the system.
Senate President Timothy
Hamel-Smith will act as President
while President Anthony Car-
mona is out of the country on
A release from President s House
yesterday said Carmona, his wife
Reema, and children Christian and
Anura, are vacationing in the UK.
The four left yesterday and are
expected to return to T&T on
Pass procurement bill before
Parliament recess, says Riley Tewarie:
Cable car for
only an idea
Carmona on one month's vacation
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