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Chairman Allison Demas: NCC has new procurement policies
The chair of the National Carnival Commission (NCC) Allison Demas is satisfied with Carnival 2014 and believes it is as a result of better financial management by the NCC.
“It was a reasonable success in the areas of financial management as for the first time, the NCC came in within budget. The infrastructure was up two weeks before Carnival and the feedback from the mayors of Port-of-Spain and San Fernando is that it was adequate. The regional carnivals were a success. There was attendance of the Carnival Village. But the biggest challenge was the Carnival route,” she told the Business Guardian on Monday in an interview at the NCC’s office on St Clair Avenue, St Clair.
She said NCC’s Government subvention for fiscal 2014 amounted to $168 million, which includes year round recurrent expenditure, but $98 million was the budgeted figure for actual Carnival expenses.
Demas gave an idea of how some of the money was spent.
Of its 2014 allocation, $30.7 million was spent on contracting services: electrical, plumbing and transportation, erecting booths for vending and cleaning. Some $33.6 million was spent on short-term labour and with just over 1,000 labourers being hired.
Security cost about $5.1 million. Construction -- putting up the stages in Queen's Park Savannah, Skinner Park, Victoria Avenue and South Quay -- cost $23.3 million. The regional carnivals cost about $8.6 million.
The special interest groups -- the National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA), Pan Trinbago and the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) -- got $62.1 million.