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The trinidad government to make 10 million dollars off of saint lucia through a laptop procurement agreement

  1. 1. THE  TRINIDAD  GOVERNMENT  TO  MAKE  10  MILLION  DOLLARS  OFF  OF  SAINT   LUCIA  THROUGH  A  LAPTOP  PROCUREMENT  AGREEMENT.  COULDN'T  A  LOCAL   COMPANY  LIKE  J.E  BERGASSE  BE  CONTRACTED  HENCE  GIVING  A  BOOST  TO  OUR   LOCAL  ECONOMY?         The  Ministry  of  Education  (Trinidad)  has  signed  a   Memorandum  of  Understanding  (MoU)  with  the  Government   of  St.  Lucia  to  provide  laptops  to  the  students  of  St.  Lucia.     Education  Minister,  Dr.  Tim  Gopeesingh  and  St.  Lucian  Minister   of  Education  Human  Resources  Development  and  Labour,  Dr   Robert  K  Lewis  signed  the  MoU  at  the  Capital  Plaza,  Port  of   Spain.     Through  this  procurement  agreement,  Government  of  Trinidad   and  Tobago  stands  to  make  close  to  $10  million.     Gopeesingh  stated  that  the  entire  process  had  been  open  and   transparent  and  ensured  that  the  St  Lucian  Government  stands  
  2. 2. committed  to  pay  for  every  unit,  which  are  priced  at  $2,780.   The  laptops  had  been  purchased  through  the  Central  Tenders   Board  and  had  been  very  "open  and  transparent".     Gopeesingh  was  also  pleased  to  note  that  the  Government  had   saved  as  much  as  $400  per  unit  this  year  for  local  students,   adding  that  there  has  been  a  decrease  in  cost  each  year  over   the  four  year  period  since  the  start  of  the  initiative.     He  noted  that  St  Lucia  was  on  board  with  availing  its  students   of  laptops  right  behind  other  Caribbean  islands  such  as  St   Vincent  and  Barbados.  Other  countries,  such  as  Russia,   Uruguay  and  presently  Argentina  have  made  similar   arrangements  to  equip  their  students  with  access  to  on-­‐hand   individual  technology.     Gopeesingh  assured  that  part  of  the  arrangement  also  included   technical  assistance  when  and  if  needed  by  the  St  Lucian   Government.  In  fact  a  team  from  St  Lucia,  he  said,  had  met  with   his  technical  team  recently.     While  students  here  are  given  the  laptops  in  form  one,  Lewis   noted  that  his  Government  would  distribute  theirs  to  some   3,300  form  four  students.     He  explained  that  form  four  students  are  preparing  for  the   CSEC  examinations  and  would  be  most  in  need  of  access  to  the   laptops,  considering  the  number  of  School  Based  Assessments   (SBAs)  they  are  assigned.     Lewis  said  his  Government  decided  to  procure  the  laptops   through  Trinidad  and  Tobago  as  Trinidad  and  Tobago  as   already  begun  the  process  for  procuring  the  laptops,  as  well  as   the  costs  per  unit  would  be  less  when  bought  in  bulk.  
  3. 3.   He  added  that  while  the  process  was  made  initially  on  an   annual  basis,  further  discussions  between  both  PMs  could   mean  similar  future  arrangements.     Lewis  expressed  hope  that  the  laptops  would  impact  on  the   lives  of  the  entire  family  and  not  just  the  students  receiving   them.       "The  parents,  hopefully,  will  also  make  full  use  of  these  laptops   and  not  just  the  students,  but  the  entire  family,"  noted  Lewis.     It  is  expected  that  the  laptops  will  be  distributed  to  the  St   Lucian  students  within  the  next  coming  weeks.  

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