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