Wednesday 2 December, 2020

PM slams 'inaccurate' travel advisories to T&T at Commonwealth meeting

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley alongside Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley alongside Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is raising an issue with countries which make inaccurate pronouncements on Trinidad and Tobago saying that this practice has an adverse effect on the nation’s ability to stimulate growth and development. The Prime Minister made the comment while speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) Heads of Government Roundtable on April 18. 

Dr Rowley says Trinidad and Tobago pursues tourism as a viable industry for growth and development. However, when some nations issue negative travel advisories on incidents of crime, efforts made in the industry are stymied. 

He also raised the subject of the categorisation of several Caribbean nations, including Trinidad and Tobago, as tax havens. This, even though the twin-island state continues to make significant steps towards fulfilling the requirements of the European Union and is FATCA compliant.

The Heads of Government Roundtable is the concluding set piece of the Business Forum that allows the business community to provide feedback directly to Heads of Government in order to inform discussions at the Heads of Government Meeting.

Earlier today, Dr Rowley paid a courtesy call on Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, at Buckingham Palace. He was accompanied by Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Dennis Moses, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister and Minister in the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs Stuart Young, Trinidad and Tobago’s High Commissioner to the UK, Orville London and Press Secretary to the Prime Minister, Arlene Gorin-George.

Dr Rowley also attended a meeting with the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. The meeting saw participation from leaders of Commonwealth Small Islands and Coastal States on the subject of oceans, coastal resilience and climate change.

Some of the issues raised by the leaders at this meeting included the need to increase capacity of small island and coastal states to respond to climate change and the significant cost associated with protecting the environment. They also raised the need for building clear development pathways for small island states. 

The formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will take place tomorrow (April 19, 2018) at Buckingham Palace from 10 am.

 

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