The Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs is seeking to clear the air on a substantial refurbishment recently effected to the Official Residence of the Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations (PRUN) in Geneva, Switzerland.
The ministry says that on September 8 2011, Cabinet approved the refurbishment of the official residence of the Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, at an estimated cost of $13.7 million.
The ministry says that on May 14 2015, Cabinet agreed, subject to the availability of funds to approve the revised cost of $27.3 million for the refurbishment of the Official Residence of the Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
The ministry adds that works commenced at the Mission in January 2014 and was largely completed by mid-September 2015.
Payment at this stage amounted to $22.9 million.
The ministry's statement notes that to date, all told, $26.5 million has been disbursed to the contractor.
It notes that the refurbishment included restoration of the structural integrity of the building and electrical and plumbing upgrades to ensure conformity with the building codes of the jurisdiction.
Unanticipated additional work such as aged lead pipes and issues relating to asbestos were also involved in the refurbishment exercise.
It says the installation of a professional kitchen and other improvements considered as quality upgrades, formed part of the exercise.