PM on decision to turn down regional help: "We've been coping well"

Al­though T&T is fac­ing a dif­fi­cult pe­ri­od fol­low­ing dev­as­tat­ing flood­ing last week­end, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley ad­mits he felt com­pelled to turn down help from Cari­com coun­tries be­cause "we have been cop­ing .... and cop­ing very well."

Row­ley said he said noth­ing wrong by not ac­cept­ing help from our Caribbean neigh­bours.

The PM made the com­ment ear­li­er to­day as he de­liv­ered the fea­ture ad­dress at the sod turn­ing cer­e­mo­ny for the $49 mil­lion Diego Mar­tin Health Cen­tre.

PM: Economic uncertainty brought about with scrapping of Aluminium Smelter

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has said this country brought the recent years of economic uncertainty upon itself when the Aluminium Smelter plant in La Brea was scrapped a decade ago.

"We did this to ourselves," said Dr Rowley at the launch of the Alutech project at the Tamana InTeck park this morning.

PM offers condolences on passing of 'Professor' Philmore

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has offered condolences on the passing of pan extraordinaire Ken 'Professor' Philmore.

The Office of the Prime Minister issued the following statement Sunday afternoon.

"Today I join with the national community and the worldwide steelpan fraternity in mourning the untimely passing of legendary pannist and arranger, Ken “Professor” Philmore.

Mr. Philmore, a beloved son of South Trinidad, began honing his skills on the national instrument at a very early age and went on to establish himself as one of the premiere names in pan.

PM: La Brea drydocking facility creating 5,000 jobs

Promising to bring jobs for re­trenched Petrotrin work­ers, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley says the new dry­dock­ing fa­cil­i­ties to be built in La Brea will bring 5,000 jobs.

Speak­ing at the sign­ing cer­e­mo­ny of a co­op­er­a­tive agree­ment be­tween the Gov­ern­ment and Chi­na Har­bour En­gi­neer­ing Com­pa­ny Lim­it­ed for the con­struc­tion of a dry­dock­ing fa­cil­i­ty in La Brea, Row­ley said the fa­cil­i­ty will pro­vide job op­por­tu­ni­ties for skilled work­ers.

PM meets with Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley received a courtesy call from Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell, Charles O. Holliday today at the Diplomatic Centre, St. Anns.

Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, Franklin Khan and Minister of National Security, Minister of Communications and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Stuart Young were also at the meeting.

PM heads to London on Sunday for CHOGM

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will leave for London on April 15, 2018 to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

The accompanying delegation will include Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Dennis Moses and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister and the Attorney General and Legal Affairs, Stuart Young.
In addition to attending this forum the prime minister will engage in a series of meetings with energy companies during this period.

PM off to a week's vacation in New York

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is proceeding on a week's vacation in New York from today.

The Office of the Prime Minister issued the following statement today:

"Please be advised that the Prime Minister, Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley, will proceed on one week’s vacation starting today, May 18th 2017.

He leaves the country today for New York with his family to attend the graduation of his daughter, Sonel, which takes place on Saturday. Dr Rowley is expected to return on May 23rd 2017.