Cayman Islands Government Financial Secretary Kenneth Jefferson says they’ll spend $1,000,000 USD on a new track for the Truman Bodden Sports Complex ahead of April 2019’s CARIFTA Games.
Speaking at the Public Accounts Committee Thursday (25 April) Jefferson responded to a question from Committee Chair Hon. Ezzard Miller on the status of government’s current procurement and tendering processes. Government has yet to appoint a procurement committee after passing a new Procurement Law back in May. Jefferson explained.
“We don’t see ourselves as replacing the Public Procurement Committee” said Jefferson. “It was a decision made, in order of the business of the government to continue. We do this to the best of our ability, so the business doesn’t come to a grinding halt.”
Jefferson then referred to April’s CARIFTA Games as an example of government’s interim decision making process, disclosing the cost of the track.
“The CARIFTA Games are scheduled for April of next year. Part of that process requires a re-laying of the track at Truman Bodden. That will take some time. We will told from the Department of Sports that given the lead time necessary, we have to have a decision promptly, if CARIFTA will happen. The value of that project, wasn’t tremendously huge, it was $1,000,000 USD. The IAAF told the Department of Sports, we are only recommending one supplier to lay the track. In that instance, there was not competition to be entertained.”
Speaking at the event’s ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ press conference just a few weeks ago, Sports Minister Hon. Julianna O’Connor-Connolly was reluctant to reveal any information on how much government was spending on the games. At the same press conference, Local Organizing Committee Co-Chair Joel Francis said government was making a ‘significant contribution’ to the event, providing $200,000 upfront for hotel deposits.
The Minister also said a ‘new scoreboard’ was to be installed at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex for the event. No costs, however, have been disclosed to the public. An email to the Sports Ministry requesting the total amount of funds being spent by the government on the 48th CARIFTA Games was not immediately returned.