Port-of-Spain: The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts (MCDCA) wishes to clarify the misleading story in today’s, June 18, 2020, Guardian Newspaper. The Auditor General’s report states that the budgeted figure for CARIFESTA XIV was $28 Million TT. However, what the report does not capture, is the Cabinet’s subsequent budgetary approval of $43 Million TT dollars on July 4th, 2019 for the hosting CARIFESTA XIV. This fact has been communicated by the Ministry on multiple occasions, is available on the Hansard records of the Parliament of T&T, but has been omitted from the Guardian’s article.

Auditor General reports are routinely done and received by the MCDCA and any queries, which are accounting or procedural in nature, are addressed by relevant staff of the MCDCA.

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