Gov't not accepting international support for Venezuelans

Finance Minister and acting Prime Minister Colm Imbert says the government has not accepted any financial aid from any international organisation to deal with the Venezuelan migrants.

Imbert said accepting foreign aid has foreign policy implications that Trinidad and Tobago does not want to get involved in at this time.

He says right now the government does not need it.

It's costing the state $5 million to conduct the registration but that's apart from the $620 million that the Central Bank estimates it will cost this country per year to host the migrants.

Minister Imbert is disputing that figure.

He believes the Central Bank is working with inaccurate statistics.

The Central Bank said it is using the United Nations estimates which put the number of Venezuelans here at 40,000. 

 

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