GRAMMATICAL ERROR COST JA US$1BILLION INVESTMENT
Dennis Chung, the chairman of the National Solid Management Waste Authority (NSWMA), which manages the Riverton landfill, said, regarding the divestment of the landfill, “We had received more than 30 responses, and people are still interested, but I don’t know if the interest is as high as it was before because so much time has passed.”
He explained that information reaching him was that the initial expression of interest that was done for the divestment was stopped by the contractor general at the time because of some grammatical error in the request for proposal.
“That set the whole thing back by about two years,” he added.
A committee was subsequently expected to be established with respect to the divestment, and “the matter of the privatisation was transferred to an enterprise team at the Ministry of Local Government, and they just didn’t do anything with it,” said the NSWMA chairman.
“So you [are] talking about four to five years waiting [for] an investment that, because of bureaucratic issues, we could have had, when you look at impact and everything over the time, maybe US$1 billion worth of investment in the economy and better garbage collection happening already, and that itself has a cost,” said Chung, an accountant. “It’s a significant cost to the
country,” he said.