Chaguanas businessman Richie Sookhai, 42, has been elected as the new President of the Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CCIC).
The elections took place on Wednesday night at the Chamber's office at Cumberbatch Street.
Sookhai, who received 90 per cent of the votes, vowed to start working immediately to get the economy of the Central Borough rolling.
He previously held the post from 2014- 2017 and was heralded as one of the best and outspoken leaders of the CCIC.
Speaking to Guardian Media Sookhai said, "It is once again an honour to serve the people at a time like this seeing that SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) are going through a rough period due to the fallout from COVID-19 ."
"My tenure along with my new board and team would carry on from where the last team left. We will be focusing on SMEs and renewing the entrepreneurial spirit of the people to help companies to understand the new norm of doing business. We would focus on educating interested parties on digital media using various social media platforms," he said.
"We must understand the roles played by social media to influence customer choice as it relates to marketing using cost-effective methods. We would be looking at initiatives that can bring government support to SMEs' in the area to help with their sustainability and growth. This can be done by strengthening infrastructure and institutions that would promote an easier way of doing," Sookhai said.
Sookhai graduated with his post-graduate degree specialising in international business in December 2020 from the Florida International University (FIU). He also obtained his degree in Engineering in 2002 from FIU.
He said the CCIC would also be lobbying for better road infrastructure in Chaguanas.
Sookhai said during his last tenure as CCIC president he spoke with Works Minister Rohan Sinanan and some initiatives have since been implemented.
Trade Minister Paula Gopee- Scoon extended her congratulations to Sookhai.
Gopee-Scoon told Guardian Media that she is looking forward to working with the CCIC and Sookhai toward the development of T&T
The new board includes Baldath Maharaj (VP), Economist Valmikki Arjoon, Kyron Regis, DanielAustin, Kevin Ramgoolie and Kareena Sookoo.