Wire transfer of funds made to UWI students in Jamaica, Barbados
Wire transfers were made to students at the University of West Indies (UWI) campuses in Jamaica and Barbados on Monday, to bring much needed financial relief to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The students are unable to return home, as T&T's borders remain closed until May 15.
Finance Minister Colm Imbert made the announcement while addressing the Parliament on Monday, as he made a statement on the economic effect and financial response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Trindiad and Tobago.
Imbert said the funds are being sent to the University Bursars at the two campuses for distribution to students.
"We have also today initiated a wire transfer of funds in the amount of TT$2,000, or US$300, to our Trinidad and Tobago students at the UWI campuses at Mona, Jamaica and Cavehill, Barbados, who are not on national scholarships (national scholars at the two campuses have already received their personal maintenance allowances through our Unit Trust facility up to May, and in several cases up to June) to assist them with the purchase of food in April and May, in the first instance," he said.
He added that other students at regional universities, such as students in Cuba, will also be assisted in due course.