Sunday 29 November, 2020

Rowley: T&T sure to head to the IMF if UNC wins

Dr Keith Rowley

Dr Keith Rowley

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said that he’s made good on his promise to ensure that, despite Trinidad and Tobago’s economic challenges, going to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) would never be an option. 

He added that if the United National Congress is successful in their bid to win the August 10 General Election, that fact will drastically change. 

“If you put God out of your thoughts and allow those jokers on the other side to have the responsibility for Trinidad and Tobago’s affairs and they put together their mishmash and their stupidity that they’re promising you in their popularity quest, you will be guaranteed to end up at the IMF,” he said. 

Speaking at the People’s National Movement (PNM) campaign launch in Diego Martin West on Saturday night, the Prime Minister assured that the life citizens have benefitted from will also change; particularly the grants and allowances given to citizens during the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“When you go to the IMF to get support to take us out of where we are in now, the one thing the IMF if guaranteed to do; you see that shopping list of expenditure that Camille Robinson-Regis mentioned tonight in all those households who are receiving that? The IMF is not going to fund that. You see the 87,000 people on the government payroll that I have kept there, largely to keep people in jobs? The IMF is not going to fund that. You see the water rate and the WASA rate and the GATE that we are funding now while we’re borrowing the way we’re borrowing now? The IMF is not going to fund that,” he said. 

Dr Rowley says that to him, solving the country’s issues are not about popularity.  

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