PM invited to visit Cuba

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has been invited to visit Cuba, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said Tuesday.

The OPM said in a statement President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez has extended an invitation to the prime minister for an official visit to Cuba at a mutually convenient date.

President Diaz-Canel used the invitation as an opportunity to convey a desire to continue strengthening the historic bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two nations, the OPM said.


Tobago Chamber expresses "great sadness & regret" over Sandals exit

The Tobago Business Chamber says it is saddened by the decision of Sandals Resorts International to pull out of Tobago.

The Chamber says the potential loss of associated projects would be catastrophic for the economy of Tobago.

The Tobago Chamber issued the following statement today:

"It is with great sadness and regret, that the Tobago Business Chamber notes the announcement of the withdrawal of the Sandals group from its proposed investment in the development of two major Brand Name Hotels in Tobago.

PM meets with officials of Chinese companies

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has met with a high-level team from CIC Capital Corporation (CIC) and China ZhenHua Oil Company.

CIC is the largest Sovereign Wealth Fund in the People’s Republic of China with over US$1 trillion in assets and investments under its management.

CIC is a 10 percent shareholder in Train 1 of Atlantic LNG and is considered an important strategic partner.

Imbert: PM’s speech, a campaign launch

It’s official—the Prime Minister’s televised presentations on Sunday and Monday have kickstarted the ruling PNM’s political campaign for the three elections ahead, starting with Local Government polls expected by year end.

Finance Minister Colm Imbert confirmed this on CNC3’s Morning Brew while referring to Prime Minister Keith Rowley’s addresses.

He emphasised it was not a campaign launch in the sense of a “rally” but, “the fact is, this is an election year”.

Moses attends Maduro's inauguration

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, National Security and Communications Stuart Young has confirmed that Foreign Affairs Minister Dennis Moses today attended the inauguration ceremony of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Maduro was sworn in for a second term today.

Young confirmed Moses' attendance at today's post-Cabinet news conference.

He told the media that Trinidad and Tobago is a sovereign country that continues to have good relations with Venezuela.

Venezuela is Trinidad and Tobago's closest neighbour, just seven miles away.

Imbert defends PM's presentation

Finance Minister Colm Imbert says prime minister Dr Keith Rowley had a right to give background information on the economy during his two-part address to the nation earlier this week.

The prime minister was criticised for spending too much time talking about previous years as opposed to the government's plans for the country going forward.

Speaking on the Morning Brew, Minister Imbert says the last three years have been difficult.

However, he was asked whether the prime minister's address was the launch of the PNM's election campaign. 

Mitchell tours work at Maracas Bay

Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell, visited Maracas Beach today to get a first-hand view of works underway following Monday’s commencement of Udecott’s administration and management of the facilities there, a statement by the ministry said.

A Facilities Management Contract (FMC) between the Ministry of Tourism and Udecott was signed on December 24, 2018.

Minister Mitchell said he was confident the restoration and upgrades to the beach facilities will be completed to the satisfaction of all.