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    Default Brand new suv's for the UN

    I was wondering if someone can tell me why the United nations requires 100+ brand new SUV's and luxury vehicles to service the Haiti situation. I was at a conferance in SD last weekend and i watched them drive these UN labeled SUV's off the peer in the port of Sans Souci. Does anyone have a contact number where i can find out who won the contract to supply these vechicles to the UN.

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    For all large and ongoing purchases the UN has nominated suppliers.
    This decision is taken in New York in the most scrupulous way possible so people do not start calling foul play.
    You have to lobby for the business.

    Speculation -
    They bought them straight from Toyota?
    As to why?
    Haiti will destroy your vehicle in a matter of a few years.
    There are 7000 troops and 2000 managers plus many thousands of local Haitian staff working for MINUSTAH in Haiti - they go through a lot of vehicles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedrochemical View Post
    For all large and ongoing purchases the UN has nominated suppliers.
    This decision is taken in New York in the most scrupulous way possible so people do not start calling foul play.
    You have to lobby for the business.

    Speculation -
    They bought them straight from Toyota?
    As to why?
    Haiti will destroy your vehicle in a matter of a few years.
    There are 7000 troops and 2000 managers plus many thousands of local Haitian staff working for MINUSTAH in Haiti - they go through a lot of vehicles.
    Curious, I never thought you could write "scrupulous" and "UN" in the same sentence, they are like oil & water (or oil for food program ), they don't mix. Wasn't Kofi Annan being paid tons of money while illegally living in an apartment paid by NYC?.

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    Many, if not all, are supplied by these folks, coincidentally from my hometown:
    Toyota Gibraltar Stockholdings Ltd. TGS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vacara View Post
    Curious, I never thought you could write "scrupulous" and "UN" in the same sentence, they are like oil & water (or oil for food program ), they don't mix. Wasn't Kofi Annan being paid tons of money while illegally living in an apartment paid by NYC?.

    They tidied the acquisitions part of the process up after getting busted for lots of shenanigans.

    I was once in a meeting in the UN HQ in Haiti - sitting at one of those huge tables with loads of flags and instant translation systems. Very impressive it was! I was asking the head-honcho bloke why he bought the crap communication towers that he bought. He said that, again, it was a decision made by the big-wigs in New York.
    I do not believe that there is no dodgy dealing going on, certainly - these towers were not cheap and they sucked!
    In my mind there had to be something awry for a telecomms specialist to even consider buying these towers.
    The whole lobbying system is rotten if you ask me.
    It favours the players with the most money, not the best product.


    Personally I have no objection to UN guys driving round in 70k fully kitted out Landcruisers as long as they are actually doing some work in them. You need this kind of vehicle to be safe and comfortable in Haiti, especially outside Port au Prince.
    However, all too often I would slope off for a beer mid-afternoon (I was commercial so that is OK!) and the car park would be choc full of the buggers.

    That was a bit annoying.

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    it looks like the money is going right back where it came from

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    Quote Originally Posted by harry2010 View Post
    it looks like the money is going right back where it came from

    Bingo!

    Aid to Haiti may well pass through Haiti but it almost never goes to Haitians.

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    Looks like we were at the same event! My mouth dropped when I saw the line up!


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    They're just tryin' to keep up with Dominican politicians...

    Just shocking that the esteemed international community as embodieed by the UN would spend $$$ in a self-serving manner.

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    What vehicles should MINUSTAH drive?

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