One month the delivering a letter to the Finance Minister in which they requested priority focus be placed on the settlement of outstanding salary negotiations to all public servants, the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) today delivered a “gentle reminder” to Colm Imbert that 2020 may not begin as smoothly as the government is anticipating.
Finance Minister Colm Imbert says he will be asking the banks to waive their service fee for changing the $100 bills, especially for elderly citizens, but noted that the state cannot compel them to do so by law.
The minister told Parliament this morning that under the current law the central bank is empowered to fix bank charges and fees with respect to loans, deposits and credit finances, but it does not apply to over the counter transactions.
He said they may need to consider changing that.
The Trinidad and Tobago Lotto Agents Association (TTLAA) is calling on the Minister of Finance Colm Imbert to intervene in the running of the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) or their members would desist from selling lottery tickets and return the machines to the control board.
In a press conference today, the TTLAA president, Allen Campbell, described the lotteries governing agency as a" runaway horse". He said the NLCB continues to give agents conflicting information and unilaterally suppressing their machines.
“Knock on every door and get every vote out!”
That was the command from PNM lady Vice-Chairman Camille Robinson-Regis to the sea-of red-clad PNMites who showed up for Sunday’s party convention and Local Government campaign launch.
Themed Getting It Done! the PNM yesterday released its campaign song at the Queen’s Park Savannah which attracted a large crowd from all constituencies, including youth delegates.
The United National Congress has made it clear that the party did not file any lawsuit seeking an injunction to block the sale of the Pointe-a-Pierre Refinery.
The political party has issued an official statement, in which it explains that concerned citizens are the ones who’ve filed the constitutional claim.
The lawsuit has been filed against the Chairman of the Joint Select Committee on Energy Affairs—Finance Minister Colm Imbert—over his failure to convene a meeting for close to two years.
“I’m like the Hulk.”
That was Finance Minister Colm Imbert’s grinning confession yesterday as he responded to UNC MP Fazal Karim’s queries during yesterday’s Standing Finance Committee (SFC) scrutiny of 2020 Budget items for the Tobago House of Assembly (THA).
The United National Congress (UNC) is seeking an injunction temporarily blocking the sale of Petrotrin’s Pointe-a-Pierre refinery.
The party, through its former senator Wayne Sturge, filed the injunction application yesterday as part of a constitutional motion lawsuit over the failure of Finance Minister Colm Imbert to hold a Joint Select Committee (JSC) on Energy Affairs for the past 19 months.
Circumstances “permitting,” there will be no cuts in the CEPEP labour force or contractors, said Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein yesterday.
Hosein said if the need arises, it may be reviewed, “but as of today there will be no cuts”. He stressed this during yesterday’s Standing Finance Committee scrutiny of the 2020 Budget.
The political leader of the Congress of the People says Monday’s budget failed to address urgent measures needed to transform the country's economy.
According to Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, the fiscal measures announced only appear to achieve short term political gains, as opposed to sustainable development.
She said the government's macroeconomic position was out of sync with reality.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has questioned whether or not Finance Minister Colm Imbert personally benefitted from tax exemptions on a 55-million-dollar housing project resulting from a bill he passed.
At the United National Congress Monday Night Forum in St Helena, Persad-Bissessar said Minister Imbert and his wife Suzanne Williams Imbert became the directors of a company called Belgrave Properties Limited in 2012, which owned properties at 61, 63 and 65 Picton Street, Port-of-Spain.