Tuesday 20 August, 2019

Chamber laments focus on comments made at post-budget forum

The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce is lamenting the focus on a comment made from the floor during its post-budget discussion on Tuesday morning. 

During the discussion, Gillian Wall, head of the Professional Ladies of Trinidad and Tobago (PLOTT), told off Finance Minister Colm Imbert for what she considered his condescending attitude towards the membership present. 

The comment was highlighted on CNC3 during its newscast and became the subject of discussion for the rest of the week. 

"The forum, which traditionally hosts the Minister of Finance as its Feature Speaker, provides an opportunity for sharing of contextual information further to what is presented in the national budget.  This is augmented with critical analysis from respected professionals drawn from various fields.  This year the Honourable Minister Colm Imbert was again present, along with panellists Ms. Marla Dukhahran, Mr. Wade George and Moderator Mr. Jason Julien. Minister Imbert, in particular, provided forthright and detailed responses to questions and gave insight to Government’s objectives and plans for fiscal 2018. The information was well received by the audience and feedback has been positive," the Chamber said in a release.

 "It is unfortunate that much national attention is being focused on a comment made from the floor, rather than on the substance of what was shared at that forum."

To that end, the Chamber is making available the entire discussion available for public viewing at no cost. 

Interested persons may view it on the Chamber's On Demand page by clicking HERE.


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