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Secretaries Answers to Questions


4.      The Minority Leader asked the Chief Secretary and Secretary of
Finance, Trade and the Economy the following question:

         As it relates to Retreats held across the Divisions of the Tobago House of Assembly post December 6th, 2021, will the Chief Secretary please provide the following:

        a) Which Divisions and Agencies of the Tobago House of  Assembly have held retreats post December 6th, 2021?

        b) What is the breakdown of the cost incurred to the Assembly to host these retreats, including the rental cost of the venue?

       c) What was the procurement process engaged in the selection of      the venue to host these various retreats?



       Thank you, Madam Presiding Officer.

           Upon coming into office in December 9th2021, two (2) Divisions held retreats. The Office of the Chief Secretary held a retreat which catered for all of the new Members of the House on the majority side, and that is all fourteen (14) of us in addition to the three (3) Councillors. That retreat was held at Rovanel’s Resort.

           We had three (3) hotels providing us with quotations - three (3) entities. They were:

  •        Magdalena Grand Hotel at a cost of two hundred and twenty-six thousand, eight hundred and sixty-eight dollars and eight cents ($226,868.08);

  •       Mt. Irvine Bay Hotel - two hundred and ninety-one thousand,thirty four hundred dollars and sixty-two cents ($291,034.62); and

  •      Rovanel’s Resort - one hundred and thirty-seven thousand,eight hundred and fifty dollars ($137,850.00).

 Naturally, we went with the cheapest which was Rovanel’s - one hundred and thirty-seven thousand, eight hundred and fifty dollars ($137,850.00). The total cost of that retreat came up to two hundred and twenty-three thousand, eight hundred and ninety-four dollars and eighty-eight cents ($223,894.88) was expended for the retreat and that is inclusive of accommodation, meals and decour.

    We had supplemental band with capacity from B-mobile at two
thousand, two hundred and forty-eight dollars and eighty-eight
cents ($2,248.88).

  • Rental of screens, multi-media, microphones, public address (PA) system twenty-nine thousand, seven hundred dollars ($29,700.00).

  • Sip and paint evening - six thousand dollars ($6,000.00).

  • For the facilitators, we had broken down by facilitators Odessy Consult Ink Limited - six thousand, seven hundred dollars ($6,700.00).

  • Bindley Benjamin - twenty thousand dollars ($20,000.00).

  • Dr. Lena Williams - one thousand dollars ($ 1,000.00).

  • Lenore Dorset - three thousand, seven hundred dollars ($3,700.00); and we also had to pay Caribbean Airlines for return flights of three (3) facilitators - nine hundred dollars ($900.00) in total.


         For the other Division of Food Security, Natural Resources, the Environment and Sustainable Development, they had a two (2) day retreat. This was not a sleep-in retreat, but a day retreat and the retreat was aimed at breaking down the policy mandate for the Division with the Division’s Heads.

        They sent out requests to four (4) enterprises:

  • They got no response from Tropikist Beach Hotel Resort.

  •  Rovanel’s gave them a cost of thirty-six thousand, three hundred dollars ($36,300.00).

  •     Mt. Irvine Bay Hotel gave a cost of forty-nine thousand, fourd hundred and ninety-three dollars and twenty-five cents ($49,493.25).

  •    Magdalena Grand Beach and Gold Resort gave them a quotation of fifty-one thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine dollars and three  cents ($51,999.03).

They went with Rovanel’s Resort at thirty-six thousand, three hundred dollars ($36,300.00).

4th Plenary Sitting Tobago House of Assembly 2021 - 2025 Session


24 March 2022
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