Sinckler fires back at Mottley
Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler has hit back at Opposition Leader Mia Mottley for suggesting that all was not above board in the tendering process for the second phase of work on Berth 5 at the Bridgetown Port.
While explaining that the work was the second phase of a project that started under the former Barbados Labour Party Government, the Finance Minister said he was aghast and flabbergasted by the innuendos.
“The honourable member said that the Port Authority gave a contract without a transparent tendering process and I am saying today . . . that an RFP (request for proposal) was put out and that bids came in, and from those bids a committee sat down, evaluated them and selected,” Sinckler insisted.
Earlier this month, the Barbados Port Inc announced that it was adding an additional 75 metres of berth space that would extend the current berth to 150 metres.
It said this would complete work that started in 2000, when only half the length was installed because of financial constraints and the expansion of port storage capacity by land reclamation.
Sinckler argued, though, that the company from Ireland that was selected for the first phase of the project had cost overruns and the matter ended up in court.
He made the comments during his wrap up of debate on a resolution to borrow US$25 million from First Citizens Bank Limited to fund its membership in the Development Bank of Latin America.