Wednesday 16 January, 2019

Young assures public consultation on Sandals will take place

Communications Minister Stuart Young is assuring that a public consultation on Sandals will be held.

However, he said, such consultations cannot be held before there is a concrete agreement in place and there is a project to talk about.

Speaking at the Post-Cabinet Briefing in Tobago on Friday, Young revealed that the board of Sandals has agreed to proceed with the commercial terms of agreement.

“They took the decision that they will go ahead. I am currently awaiting them sending us first drafts of the commercial agreements,” said Young.

He revealed that the White and Case International Law Firm has been contracted to assist the Government in those negotiations.

Young said Sandals Deputy Chairman Adam Stewart is expected to be in Trinidad and Tobago during the week of December 10.

He expressed hope that between now and then they can exchange relevant documents and use that time to conclude the execution of agreement.

Young also took the time to clarify that Government’s discussions with Sandals have only taken place with Stewart and CEO Gebhard Rainer.  

He also stressed that there will be no interference with the No Man’s Land Spit and stated that when it comes to the environment, Sandals has a good track record in preserving the environment with the reconstruction of reefs and relocation of mangroves if necessary.

 

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