Andrew Howard has been doing fireworks for a long time and has been involved in some of the biggest displays in Australia and around the world. One of those was the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and he was quite impressed with the production company who delivered the Delhi promo piece at the end of the Melbourne closing ceremony and figured he wouldn’t mind working with them again.
So he put in a bid for the Delhi Commonwealth Games – little did he know then that he (and other international suppliers) would experience the worst business dealings imaginable.
At a recent Sydney ISES networking event Andrew told the story of “The Shame Games”
Andrew started with a background on his involvement with the Commonwealth Games and how he pursued his bid for Delhi over four years.
The pyrotechnics tender was not released until 27th March 2010 and a requirement that the tender be presented within 7 days. Following representations from Andrew the committee extended the deadline to 14 days.
Andrew picks up the story…
This video has been edited into two 10 min segments to fit to YouTube requirements – so there has been a bit of editing.
As of 22nd December the suppliers have still not received their final payments and they are still awaiting release of millions of dollars worth of equipment.
Would you do business in India?
Story updates –
21st January 2011
Times of India – Australian firms threaten to sue OC for Games dues
The Australian – Delhi evades officials over debts
Sydney Morning Herald – Delhi Games organisers deny duping Oz
Herald Sun – Rudd joins Delhi games cash fight
20th January 2011
Hindustan Times – Australia takes up issue of non-payment of dues
News.com.au – Aussies owed millions from Delhi Commonwealth Games
Herald Sun – Delhi bellyache over Commonwealth Games debts