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Mottley on team for energy talks

Published: 
Friday, May 4, 2018
Wendell Mottley

Government’s team at talks with energy giants BP and Shell on improving T&T’s oil and gas revenue will include former PNM Minister Wendell Mottley, acting Attorney General Stuart Young announced at yesterday’s post-Cabinet media conference.

Last week, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said an “empowered” T&T team will be delegated to continue talks he started with BP and Shell executives in London.

The team, led by Energy Minister Franklin Khan, includes Mottley, NGC President Mark Loquan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance Vishnu Dhanpaul, Energy Ministry consultant and adviser Leroy Mayers, Richard Jeremie and attorney Richard Beckles.

Mottley, an economist, became a government minister in PNM administration of George Chambers in 1981, serving as Minister of Industry and Commerce. He served as Finance Minister in the Cabinet of Patrick Manning from 1991 to 1995. A former managing director and senior advisor of Credit Suisse New York, he has been a member of the Chairman’s Advisory Board of Credit Suisse IBD.

Mottley represented T&T at the Olympic Games in 1964, where he won silver and bronze medals. He holds a degree in Economics from Yale University a Masters in Economics from Cambridge University.

Young said at the energy talks, two international law firms with energy sector experience, White and Case and Poten and Partners, will assist.

He also said that during the London talks BP and Shell presented proposals on improving the country’s energy revenues which are now being analysed.

T&T’s foreign attorneys will be in the country next week to began strategising for the talks, he added.

Commenting on T&T’s five point drop in the Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders, Young said Government had nothing to do with one of the reasons for the drop—an alleged attack on a photographer by AV Drilling officials.

On other reasons—the pending CyberCrime and Data Protection Bills—he said there is need for legal safeguards against materials being posted that may involve illegal agendas. He stressed that Government never had a fight against the media.

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