GOVERNMENT is still non-committal about launching an investigation into the Jack Grynberg affair which is now in arbitration before the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes in the United States.
The question was asked of Economic Development Minister Guy Joseph at the weekly Cabinet press briefing on Monday — and just like Prime Minister Allen Chastanet before him, Joseph effectively dodged it by claiming that “There are certain things government can do and there are certain things government cannot do.”
“How can you go into a man’s mind and find out what he did,” Joseph said, referring to former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony, who first signed the Hydrocarbon Exploration Agreement with Grynberg to explore the country’s seabed in the year 2000.
That same question was asked of Prime Minister Chastanet last month and while he could not say when such an investigation or inquiry would start, he nevertheless said that “a council” must first be put in place to get the proper documentation before deciding on the way forward.
“We are looking to assign a specific council to review the process that was required and to put together all the documentation — and then to determine what action can be taken afterwards,” Chastanet said at the time.