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06BRIDGETOWN2237
2006-12-22 19:21:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Bridgetown
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PETROCARIBE UPDATE #29: A COMEDY OF ERRORS IN

Tags:   ENRG  EPET  EINV  PGOV  PREL  VE  DO  XL 
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DEPT FOR WHA/CAR
SOUTHCOM ALSO FOR POLAD

E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/29/2016
TAGS: ENRG EPET EINV PGOV PREL VE DO XL
SUBJECT: PETROCARIBE UPDATE #29: A COMEDY OF ERRORS IN
DOMINICA

REF: BRIDGETOWN 1931

Classified By: DCM Mary Ellen T. Gilroy for reasons 1.4(b) and (d).



1. (C) In a recent conversation with PolOff, Dr. Joseph
Bannis, Permanent Secretary for Public Works and Public
Utilities, grinned as he shared how humorous he found the
myriad of logistical struggles surrounding Petrocaribe.
According to Bannis, Petrocaribe is proving to be only a
political program and no one under Chavez has efficient
control over the logistics of delivering on Petrocaribe. As
examples, Bannis cited two previous fumbles as Venezuela
attempted fuel deliveries to Dominica. In one incident, the
captain of a ship delivering fuel was unhappy with the
proposed docking site so headed down the coast. Shortly
after, he was unhappy with the second site so simply returned
home. In the second example, the captain begin a fuel
delivery, pumped less than half of the expected delivery and
then said he was out of time, cut the pump, and left. Bannis
marveled at the lack of planning in both cases, of which he
asked, "Who's calling the shots?"



2. (C) PolOff followed up on the "mid-November shipment" that
both the Minister of Public Works and Public Utilities
Ambrose George and acting Permanent Secretary of Housing,
Lands, Telecommunications, Energy, and Ports Lucien
Blackmoore attested to in previous meetings (reftel). Bannis
smirked and stated that it did not arrive, that no oil would
be delivered this year, and quite possibly not next year
either. Bannis countered Blackmoore by saying that any oil
delivery is unlikely until the Mahaut storage facilities are
complete. Futhermore, he said that the storage tanks
components have been cut for some time, and the pieces are
just laying around waiting to be welded together.



3. (C) BIONOTE: Bannis is an engineer by trade with extensive
government service working directly for former prime minister
Dame Eugenia Charles and as permanent secretary for both
Public Works and for the Ministry of Health. He received an
undergraduate degree in Trinidad and then a master's degree
from Cambridge in England. Bannis took a two-year break
(1988-90) from his work for Dame Eugenia to earn a doctorate
in engineering management at the University of Missouri.
Shortly after returning to Dominica, Bannis was politically
"knocked down" and "bruised" when Edison James took power.
Following this setback, Bannis became jaded with politics,
but still enjoys his work in the civil service. A technocrat
rather than a bureaucrat, Bannis is more interested in the
efficiency and practicality of government projects than the
political manueverings.
OURISMAN