Friday 27 November, 2020

PM appoints 22-member team for COVID-19 ‘Road to Recovery’

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has appointed a committee of well-known businessmen, activists and economist to help Trinidad and Tobago chart its way forward in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking at the weekly post cabinet media briefing, Dr Rowley announced the list of committee members.

Dr Rowley will function as Chairman of the committee, with Public Utilities Minister, Robert Le Hunte as his second in command. Businessman, Gerry Brooks, will also serve as a Vice Chairman.

The PM said the committee’s assignment is no easy task as their suggestions could influence how the government handles the county’s affairs as they navigate the economic future in a post COVID-19 world.

“When that assignment should be completed? I would say I’m hoping that by the end of this month, we should have a rough draft and we work into the month of May. If we’re saying that we’ll not be out of this danger zone until, say, May/June, I will give us until the end of May to draft this roadmap,” he explained.

Dr Rowley says the 22-person team will be broken up into smaller sub-committees based on their areas of expertise in an effort to maximise their output.

“(I) will receive their recommendations and work with them in crafting those recommendations and we’ll pick up, from them in the end, a roadmap for Trinidad and Tobago, post COVID,” he said.

The PM said the report will be made available to the public once completed.


The remaining members are:

Allyson West (Accounting) – Minister in the Ministry of Finance

Wendell Mottley (Economist) – Former Minister of Finance

Robert Bermudez (Businessman) – Chairman, Bermudez Group of Companies

Karen Darbasie (Banking) – First Citizens’ Group CEO

Winston Dookeran (Economist) – Former Minister of Finance & Governor of the Central Bank

Christian Mouttet (Businessman) – Chairman Prestige Holdings Limited

Colin Soo Pin Chow (Accounts and Finance) – Executive Chairman, Ernst & Young Caribbean

Sean Roach (Businessman/Manufacturing) – CEO, Langston Roach Industries

Ronnie Mohammed (Businessman) – Chairman, Caribbean Airlines

Vincent Periera (Energy/Banking) – President, BHP Billiton

Vishnu Danpaul (Finance) – Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance

Allison Lewis (Finance) – Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance

Gregory McGuire – Economist, UWI

Professor Karl Theodore – Economist and Specialist in Health Economics

Dr Selywn Hazel – Economist

Christopher Henry (Labour) – Joint Trade Union Movement

Michael Annisette (Labour) – National Trade Union Centre

Allan Warner (Tobago) – Businessman

Rhondall Feeles (Public Interest) – President, Single Fathers’ Association of Trinidad and Tobago

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