Thursday 9 July, 2020

Jearlean is UNC’s pick for La Horquetta/Talparo

Photo via Facebook, United National Congress.

Photo via Facebook, United National Congress.

Former Managing Director and UDeCOTT Chairman Jearlean John has been selected by the United National Congress (UNC) to contest the La Horquetta/Talparo seat in the upcoming general election.

The seat is currently held by Maxie Cuffie of the People’s National Movement (PNM). Early on in the election race Cuffie announced that he would not be seeking reelection.

At the UNC’s virtual political meeting – On The Ballot, Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar made the announcement on the party’s pick for the constituency.

She said: “Our dynamic Deputy Leader Jearlean John is the UNC’s Candidate for La Horquetta/Talparo.”

She noted that John has professional experience marked by entrepreneurial and management excellence for over 25 years.

John has served as the Managing Director of HDC, Chairman of UDECOTT, CEO of the Pizza Boys Group, Minister of Transport, Tourism and Tobago Affairs, Director of VMSTT (VMCOTT), CEO of PTSC and the Business Development Manager of the UWI St. Augustine along with Board Memberships of T&TEC and YTEPP.

She is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Professional Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. She holds an MBA from the Edinburgh Graduate School of Business and a Chief Executive Training Certificate from the National University of Singapore.

Persad-Bissessar defended the party selection of candidates for the upcoming polls, saying she was bringing into the UNC “a new generation of leaders”.

She said the future of the country depended on grooming a new generation of leaders to meet the challenges now defined as the new normal.

“Sustainable economies will not be built on the ideas of the past. The need for creativity, the need for competitive minds, the need for human energy to create our own global niche is especially important, as our economic and financial dependence on oil and gas will be severely challenged.

Our answer has to be with our new generation. Our young people must not be left to stand as onlookers.  Our young people must become involved in the process of governance.”

The UNC leader made it clear that the party intends to walk the talk and demonstrate that accommodation and inclusion are its watchwords.

She said: “I see my role and my job is to have people rise in a future of their own making, for in that way we will build a nation where people will enjoy the freedom and contribute meaningfully, without being afraid of discrimination because of the views that they may hold.

It is in this context that I take full responsibility for the changes that you are seeing and will see in the composition of the UNC’s slate of candidates for the elections.”

She said it can’t continue to be business as usual, adding that the party’s candidates have been carefully selected to support the UNC plan for the country’s economic transformation.

“The mix of skills and resources amongst this group has been aligned to our economic transformation plan, where they can find a space and a place where they can all contribute.”

Persad-Bissessar said citizens can rest assured that these candidates are right for the job as they are equipped to deal with the “critical problems” facing the country.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: