The American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad & Tobago (AMCHAM T&T) has joined in the congratulations of Paula-Mae Weekes, who has become the nation’s 6th President – and the first female to hold this office.
"It is indeed significant as the inauguration comes on the heels of International Women’s Day and during the world’s celebration of Women’s History Month – the event being a history-making occasion in itself. Having clearly recognized and articulated the challenges that we face as a nation, and the need for concerted action to remedy these, we remain hopeful that Her Excellency’s tenure will be one of purposeful action toward the betterment of our country and society," AMCHAM T&T said in a statement.
It says this defining moment in our nation’s history should be met with reflection as citizens look back on where we have been; take stock of where we are; and chart a course forward to, in the words of the President, “bring light to the darkness”.
The statement adds: "The cooperative approach adopted by members on both sides of the political divide to elect our first female President is noteworthy. AMCHAM T&T has been calling for more bi-partisanship to confront the challenges or country faces. It is our hope that this collaboration endures not only in the Parliament or in the sphere of politics, but across all sectors of society for the benefit of Trinidad and Tobago."
The Amercian Chamber says the task before President Weekes is not an easy one, but adds that if her career is any indication, it expects that she would be a faithful servant of Trinidad and Tobago, executing her duties impartially and valiantly.
"We take heed of Her Excellency’s call and stand ready to do our part to walk with our new President toward and into the proverbial light," the statement said.