9th June 2008
Vaz demands an independent assessor to monitor diversity in the Olympics
A meeting took place today with Tessa Jowell, Minister for the Olympics, Keith Vaz MP and members of Emost, an organisation striving for diversity in the Olympic Games. Emost have been trying for years to gain Olympic games building contracts for Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority businesses with little success.
An external body is needed in order to monitor the involvement of diversity groups in gaining contacts for the Olympic Games to ensure that a satisfactory number of contracts are awarded to diversity businesses.
Keith Vaz MP said “I think it is extremely important that diversity businesses are properly involved in the construction of the Olympic Games. An independent monitor is needed to ensure that diversity businesses are aware of and can fairly compete contracts.”
“London won the bid to host the Olympic Games because of it’s diverse multiculturalism and this should be reflected in the contractors used in the Olympic Games.”