Conflict of Interest in Award of Contract to Minister King's Family Firm?
Posted: Sunday, May 8, 2011
Minister's family firm awarded Govt contract, but King says all was above board
By Camini Marajh
May 8, 2011 - trinidadexpress.com
Questions have been raised as to whether Planning, Economic and Social Restructuring and Gender Affairs Minister Mary King breached the law when she failed to disclose her pecuniary and family interest in a software engineering company, Ixanos Ltd, which won a Government website development contract from her ministry last November.
Minister King, an economist and a former independent senator, is the corporate secretary on record and a joint shareholder with husband Dr St Clair King of Ixanos, which is Greek for excellence.
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STATEMENT OF PRIME MINISTER THE HONOURABLE KAMLA PERSAD-BISSESSAR
8 May, 2011
Media reports published today, attributed to Minister of Planning, Economic and Social Restructuring and Gender Affairs, Mary King, which state that I as Prime Minister had been informed of the whole tendering process on the Government website development contract, are entirely and categorically erroneous.
The matter was brought to my attention recently after the process had been completed and I made it clear that, on the basis of the information provided me, it was highly inappropriate.
At this time I am awaiting a report on the matter so that I may be better informed to make a decision which ensures that the integrity of the Government remains intact.
Until that time I wish to make no further comment on the issue.
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