Pan Trinbago owing auditors $640,000

TT – Pan Trin­ba­go of­fi­cials were un­able to present au­dit­ed fi­nan­cial state­ments at the steel­band body’s An­nu­al Gen­er­al meet­ing yes­ter­day be­cause of an out­stand­ing debt of $640,000 owed to its au­di­tors. The AGM was held at the Queen’s Park Sa­van­nah.

This was the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year au­dit­ed fi­nan­cial state­ments were not pre­sent­ed at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s AGM.

The debt to PKF Char­tered Ac­coun­tants & Busi­ness Ad­vi­sors forms part of a $60 mil­lion debt the Bev­er­ley Ram­sey-Moore led Pan Trin­ba­go ex­ec­u­tive were faced with when they took of­fice. This bill has since been re­duced by $18 mil­lion.

Trea­sur­er Ger­ard Mendez re­port­ed that mon­ey was owed to steel­bands, lawyers, staff and ser­vice providers, in­clud­ing au­di­tors.

“By let­ter dat­ed Ju­ly 31, 2018, PKF Char­tered Ac­coun­tants & Busi­ness Ad­vi­sors, our au­di­tors, in­formed us that they would re­quire the pay­ment of all out­stand­ing feeds for the 2016 and 2017 au­dits in or­der to com­mence work on the 2018 au­dit,” Mendez said.

“So far, this debt has been one of those which we have been un­able to liq­ui­date. As a re­sult, I ask you to please ac­cept our sin­cere apolo­gies, as we are again un­able to present au­dit­ed ac­counts for 2018, es­pe­cial­ly as those for 2017 have not been com­plet­ed as yet. All ef­forts are be­ing made to ad­dress this sit­u­a­tion, with a view of hav­ing it rec­ti­fied as soon as we are able to liq­ui­date our debt.”

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