Saturday 26 May, 2018

Opposition leader hopeful for better T&T

Despite Trinidad and Tobago being in crisis, citizens should not despair.

That’s the message from Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who in her greetings to the nation on the occasion of Independence Day said in spite of the number of challenges T&T currently faces, there is reason to hope.

In the face of crime, economic declines and uncertainty within the job market, the Opposition leader said she believes that the people of Trinidad and Tobago are capable of greatness in every area, and will soon be firmly back on track for further development.

Persad-Bissessar shared her vision for of a better quality and standard of living for all citizens.

“I have always aimed at ensuring that every citizen is given equal opportunity, and I have maintained a steadfast, unwavering commitment to the development of the people of Trinidad and Tobago.  

My team and I remain focused on these goals, and we are developing policy proposals to build our economy, create sustainable jobs and to continue to develop our nation’s human capital.  

We want to realise a knowledge-driven diversified and growing economy; one that is no longer dependent only on oil and gas, but is also strong in the areas of tourism, agriculture, maritime, and information and communication technology.”

Acknowledging the country’s multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious society, she urged citizens to find strength in diversity and continue to build a sense of patriotism and nationhood.

“Let us work together to build a society that upholds human rights - a society of acceptance, tolerance and equality,” she said.

She stressed the importance of remembering that there is hope that will put the country on the path to greatness, “once we have faith and we demonstrate the same conviction, the same patriotism and the same progressive spirit that our forefathers showed fifty-five years ago”.

“Strong leadership is required to confront the challenges we face. It is up to each of us to continue to work towards advancing our national development, and building a prosperous future for all Trinidadians and Tobagonians.

We must be determined and unwavering in our efforts to take our country forward, and take whatever steps are necessary to secure the best possible future for Trinidad and Tobago, and I believe that together, we can live up to our nation’s motto: Together we aspire, together we achieve,” Persad-Bissessar concluded.