Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 18th 2014 Contents SHARLENE RAMPERSAD
Members of the South Business
Association (SBA) are hoping
come budget day this September,
the city of San Fernando will
finally get the allocation it needs
to bring it up to city standards.
So said president of the asso-
ciation, Daphne Bartlett, in an
interview with TG Business on
Thursday. Bartlett said for far too
long the southern city has been
forgotten and ignored.
"We have seen great develop-
ment taking place in several areas
across the country," she said. "But
San Fernando has been ignored
for the past four years."
Although San Fernando is the
second city in T&T, Bartlett says
there is no parking and no real
development taking place.
"We need desperately need a
public car park in south. We have
even identified a location on Pen-
nington Street that would be
ideal," said Bartlett. "We are not
demanding impossible things
without any real thought on it."
She reiterated calls for an
administrative building in San Fer-
nando so southerners could do
their business with dignity.
"There are government offices
in people s home. There is traffic
and a run-around to get things
done. If we had an administrative
building, we could get everything
done under the same roof and get
it done with dignity."
Bartlett is cautioning the Gov-
ernment to keep a tight reign on
their ministers and hold them
accountable for their spending.
"There needs to be accounta-
bility. When you have a scandal
in a ministry like the Life Sport
programme and a minister saying
even though it was under his min-
istry, he is not accountable, we
need to ensure we are getting
value for our money."
Also on the SBA s list are CCTV
cameras, installed and monitored
across the country and a more
effective and safer method of stor-
ing evidence at police stations.
"We don t want just lip-service.
We want CCTV cameras installed
and properly monitored and the
National Security Minister must
take a close look at how evidence
is handled in police stations."
Sahid Hosein, president of the
Penal/Debe Chamber of Com-
merce, echoed Bartlett s calls for
accountability, also citing the Life
Sport programme as an example
of the lack of accountability.
"We want to see an increase in
the resources to the Auditor Gen-
eral s Department because we are
spending considerable funds in
this country and not getting value
for our money."
Hosein said he expects the
Finance Minister to bring a bigger
budget as elections are next year.
"We should see an increase in
spending as next year is an elec-
tion year, I am not sure if that is
sustainable, we need to look at
Hosein said the chamber wants
a nature park in Penal, among
"We want the establishment of
national nature park on 100 acres
of state land on the Penal Quinam
Like the SBA, the chamber is
calling for CCTV cameras in Penal,
Debe and across the country. Sev-
eral roadways and bridges have
also been earmarked for widening
and other infrastructural works,
which Hosein hopes to get allo-
cations for come September.
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Community (Caricom) has started
work towards creating a harmonised
framework within which companies
and other businesses can be estab-
lished and operate in the Caricom
Single Market and Economy (CSME).
To fulfil this mandate, BKP Devel-
opment Research and Consulting in
consortium with AESA, has been
awarded the contract to strengthen
the CSME Regulatory and Market
Caricom heads are striving to en-
sure that the rules for establishing
and operating businesses in one
country apply throughout the
The two year consultancy started
last month, with funding through
the tenth European Development
Fund and is expected to be com-
pleted by July 2016. (CMC)
Caricom to harmonise business rules
San Fernando wants fair
share of upcoming budget
"There needs to be accountability. When
you have a scandal in a ministry like the
Life Sport programme and a minister
saying even though it was under his
ministry, he is not accountable, we need to
ensure we are getting value for our money."
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