Saturday 19 January, 2019

Imbert defends Twitter updates on new ferry

Finance Minister Colm Imbert has defended his choice to provide updates on the arrival of the new passenger ferry, M.V. Galleons Passagevia his Twitter account.

In recent times, Minister Imbert has tweeted about the impending arrival of the vessel to Trinidad and Tobago's shores.

In a response published in the Trinidad and Tobago Express Newspaper, Imbert explained why updates about the ferry were provided on Twitter rather than in Parliament.

He said the following:

"Firstly the details about the enhancements to the vessel, such as additional canopies, and its journey from China to Trinidad were not finalised until February 2018 and the question about the vessel in Parliament was asked in early January 2018."

"Secondly, the question about the vessel in parliament was an urgent question and not a question on notice. For your information, an urgent question (a feature of the new standing orders) can only be 15 seconds long and the answer is limited to two minutes."

"Accordingly, the reply to an urgent question is very limited in scope and not every aspect of a matter can be fully ventilated with these types of parliamentary questions."

"This is the reason why Twitter is being used to give regular updates and to provide further information on the new ferry as it becomes available."

The latest update from the National Infrastructure Development Company Limited ( NIDCO) noted that the M.V. Galleon's Passage was on its way to Hong Kong on Wednesday where it was expected to bunkered as it's currently making its way to T&T.

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