Friday 3 April, 2020

PM agrees to COVID-19 meeting with Kamla

Photo via Facebook, the Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.

Photo via Facebook, the Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will meet with Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar to discuss the current national crisis caused by the ongoing new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Persad-Bissessar revealed on Thursday that she received a response from the Office of the Prime Minister to her letter on March 16, indicating Rowley’s agreement to her proposed bipartisan talks.

The Permanent Secretary to the Prime Minister, Mr Maurice Suite, in a letter dated March 17 indicated that he was directed by the Prime Minister to advise the Opposition leader that he has set the date for this meeting for midday on Friday at the Office of the Prime Minister, Red House, Port of Spain.

Mr Suite indicated that the Prime Minister also agreed with Persad-Bissessar’s proposed suggestion of a three-member Opposition delegation in attendance at said meeting. 

The Opposition intends to raise key issues and concerns that are deeply affecting citizens of Trinidad and Tobago during this period as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

These matters include:

1. The social services, labour and medical issues currently impacting on citizens lives, with a view to getting from the Government a proper understanding of the State resources available  to them, and how best they can be quickly and efficiently accessed by citizens, and also share our own suggestions therein

2.  Share our own vast expertise and recommendations in the areas of Health and Local Government, which are the key sectors that would be called upon to deal with a crisis of such a particular magnitude and scale comparable to that of a national disaster, and of which, as a party which twice formed Government ourselves, we have considerable knowledge and experience to offer

3.  Share the serious concerns of the various small and medium-sized business entities whose economic viability is severely threatened by the current Coronavirus crisis and our own recommendations therein

4. Discuss any other suggestions from both the Government and Opposition deemed relevant and necessary that will ensure that any adopted bipartisan approach is in fact legally plausible to effectively and efficiently combat the Covid-19 pandemic in our country.

Persad-Bissessar assured that the Opposition will duly inform the population as to the outcome of this meeting.

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