The Cricket World Cup woes loom large

We are not alone
Dr Gonsalves is however not alone in the economic quandary relative to the preparations for CWC2007.
We have heard the stories reverberating across the region, whether it be Barbados, Guyana or Jamaica, countries that are larges and possessive of more resources to meet the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) established requirements.
In almost every case the truth about the cost of the preparatory exercise is only just beginning to emerge. This in itself is a sad indictment on the way we do business in this Caribbean of ours.
In Barbados, for example, that country’s Prime Minister, Owen Arthur, has perhaps cast himself in the mould of his Vincentian counterpart, Gonsalves, as a micromanager.
It is perhaps a means of coming to terms with the embarrassing overruns attendant to that country’s airport expansion and his fear of the CWC2007 adding fuel to the smouldering embers of economic discontent.
Cement shortages in the Caribbean at present have created immense problems in the construction process across the region as we all strive to meet established deadlines. This may well cause us to raise many questions about the quality of the product being made available to us at this juncture.
This may therefore cause us all to appeal to our respective governments to insist on consistent, independent and highly professional evaluation of quality standards in the ongoing construction derby to satisfy expectations.
In the Caribbean the reality is that we build nothing fast.
Witness the length of time taken for example, to rebuild the Hilton Hotel in Barbados, or the airport expansion in that same country.
Witness too the difficulties in our own construction projects and the tardiness experienced from time to time and their implications for our development thrust.
In the region we are renowned for incurring cost overruns in many of our undertakings.
Even with the best of intentions we are tardy in the construction process.
We are not good at multi-tasking in the construction industry.
This writer remains stunned by the apparent failure of the Grenada government to insist on an investigation into the national stadium constructed at the Queen’s Park, St George’s, and completed in 2000; and this despite the aggressive wrath of hurricane Ivan. Many seemed to think that such an investigation was overdue prior to the passage and impact of hurricane Ivan.