UDeCOTT responds to Hilton Hotel allegations

Contact: Corporate Communications Unit, 627-0083

June 9, 2008: UDeCOTT at no time took a lead role to construct 50 presidential suites at the Trinidad Hilton and Conference Centre, St Ann’s.

UDeCOTT’s role was simply that of assisting in the determination of capacity and capability of contractors available locally.

UDeCOTT cooperated in the provision of this information and is aware that the France-based firm, Bougyues Batiment International, which undertook the Waterfront Project for UDeCOTT and is very experienced in hotel construction, is urrently undertaking works at Hilton Hotel.

Statements that UDeCOTT had gone to e-Teck other than to gather information in order to assist in assessing the scope of works and critical timelines are inaccurate.

The renovation of the Hilton Hotel to accommodate Heads of State for the upcoming Summit of the Americas and Commonwealth Heads of Government in 2009 is the responsibility of e-Teck and any questions on this should be directed to them.

Public Affairs Department

UDeCOTT

UDeCOTT is developing the structures that form part of the innovation for lasting
prosperity; the development plan of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.