Economist Dr Indera Sagewan says diversifying the Trinidad and Tobago economy beyond oil and gas, has become an absolute imperative in the next decade.
As she looked ahead to 2020 and beyond, Dr Sagewan warns that an over-reliance on any one particular sector can no longer continue.
She notes that the political administrations which governed over the past decade did make a start at diversification, but those efforts have not borne fruit, nor did they get the kind of support they needed.
Member of Parliament for Cumuto Manzanilla, Christine Newallo-Hosein, says the most vulnerable citizens have once again been forgotten by the PNM Government.
In an official statement released by the Parliament today, the Cumuto Manzanilla MP called on the Minister of Social Development and Family Services to immediately respond to the plight of citizens who were severely affected by Wednesday’s heavy rainfall and flooding, particularly in South Trinidad.
Some 3,000 students across Trinidad and Tobago have benefitted from a special initiative that provides free vision screening and testing and spectacles.
The Brighter View initiative, carried out by Courts Optical, was launched in 2017 in Trinidad as a wider part of Unicomer’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programme. It was then expanded to the wider Caribbean region to the tune of USD$50K and has reached the islands of Jamaica, Guyana, St Lucia, St Vincent, Grenada, Dominica, Antigua, St Kitts and Belize last year.
Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Robert Bermudez, has declared that Trinidad and Tobago is not a failed state.
Mr Bermudez was, at the time, delivering the feature address during the Couva Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce (CPLCC) annual end of year function on Wednesday ( 27, November, 2019), at the chamber’s auditorium at Camden Road.
The ministry of health is doubling down on its insistence that there is no flu outbreak in Trinidad and Tobago.
In an official statement, the ministry is reasserting that suspected influenza cases for the last three years have been on the decline.
The ministry said there were 6,500 cases in 2016, but that dropped to just over 2,000 for this year, so far.
One hundred thousand doses of the influenza vaccine will be given to all hospitals and health centres throughout Trinidad and Tobago. The ministry says that process should be completed by Friday.
The TTMA's Ryan Lewis says it's becoming more difficult to do and get business done in Trinidad and Tobago, and government needs to work towards creating a more enabling environment.
According to Ryan Lewis, increased taxes are hurting businesses, and this is combined with the reality that government's business-related processes and procedures are not as efficient as they should be.
The TTMA head is urging government to start doing what is required to create the enabling environment business needs to reignite the T&T economy.
Prime Minister Doctor Keith Rowley says business owners, as well as ordinary citizens, will simply have to do their best with what foreign exchange is available to them.
PM Rowley, who was speaking on I-95 this morning, says this country must work to sustain the availability of foreign exchange.
“We have to manage our consumption of foreign exchange,” the PM says, “because if we spend it out and we cannot earn it back, then that is a kind of bankruptcy, which makes us a pariah in the international community.”