the main cabin of the Bombardier Global Express XRS executive
jet to be bought by Caribbean Airlines.
and KYLE JEREMIAH
WORKS and Transport Minister Colm Imbert is denying that
Government has already paid for the controversial $63 million
Bombardier Global Express XRS executive jet to be bought
by Caribbean Airlines (CA).
On Monday, CA confirmed plans to establish a private jet
leasing company and buy an executive jet, which it said
would be used by government officials and business executives.
CA said it had already identified an aircraft for the service.
Speaking yesterday during the weekly post-Cabinet press
conference at White Hall, Imbert said Government had not
yet paid for the aircraft, because CA had not yet signed
a contract for the purchase.
Imbert said there were several contractual matters still
to be resolved.
In addition, Imbert Government wanted to make sure there
was no impropriety in the purchase of the jet.
we are insisting on the insertion of a standard anti-corruption
clause in the contract where, if it is discovered that any
person has somehow benefited from this transaction, the
contract will be void and the seller would have to refund
He said the parties were still negotiating the wording of
the anti-corruption clause.
As he tried to dispel recent media reports that the purchase
of the jet was a done deal, he added:
to the time I went to the Cabinet meeting this morning,
the aircraft had not been paid for.
He insisted that the contract had not been consummated,
and would not be signed until the wording of the clause
had been finalised.
Reached by telephone yesterday evening, Imbert said up to
the time he left office for the day, the wording had not
been agreed upon, and the contract was still not signed.
He told the Guardian: That clause must be watertight.
Imbert said the $63 million support promised to CA by the
Government had been raised, but the money was in an account
and would not be paid until a contract was signed.
and Transport Minister Colm Imbert at yesterdays post-Cabinet