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PM: Inaccurate reports affecting T&T growth

Published: 
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pose for an official photo after the Commonwealth Business Forum in London yesterday, where he is attending the Commonwealth heads of Government (CHOGM) conference. PICTURE OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER

Ahead of this morning’s official meeting of Commonwealth leaders, T&T Prime Minister Keith Rowley has expressed concerns that inaccurate international reports on T&T have adversely affected this country’s ability to stimulate growth and development.

The development was confirmed by a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister highlighting latest aspects of his current London trip to attend the Commonwealth heads of Government (CHOGM) conference

The formal CHOGM opening took place this morning at Buckingham Palace.

Speaking yesterday at one of the functions leading up to the CHOGM meeting— the Commonwealth Business Forum— the OPM stated Rowley raised the issue of countries making inaccurate pronouncements on T&T, “saying that this practice has an adverse effect on the nation’s ability to stimulate growth and development.”

The OPM added, “The Prime Minister noted T&T pursues tourism as a viable industry for growth and development. However, when some nations issue negative travel advisories on incidents of crime, efforts made in the industry are stymied.”

Rowley also complained about the categorisation of several Caribbean nations - including T&T- Tobago, as tax havens.

“This, even though T&T continues making significant steps towards fulfilling the requirements of the European Union and is FATCA compliant,” OPM added,

The remarks were among those made by other leaders at the Commonwealth Business Forum which allows the business community to provide feedback directly to leaders in order to inform discussions at the formal CHOGM meeting.

Earlier yesterday, Rowley - and his Government team - paid a courtesy call on Prince Andrew, the Duke of York at Buckingham Palace.

Rowley also attended a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau where leaders of Commonwealth Small Islands and Coastal States discussed the subject of oceans, coastal resilience and climate change.

Issues raised by leaders included the need to increase capacity of small island and coastal states to respond to climate change and the significant cost associated with protecting the environment.

T&T delegation member Stuart Young (OPM legal adviser) also had meetings yesterday concerning national security matters of mutual interest to T&T and the United Kingdom.

Discussions were held with the National Crime Agency (NCA), the Counter Terrorism Command of the Metropolitan Police (SO15) and other agencies. Young also spoke at a session on the Commonwealth’s countering of violent extremism . Presentations were also made by Pakistan, Nigeria and Kenya. 

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