As the country braces for a direct hit from Tropical Storm Karen, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced in a statement this morning that he is leaving today to participate in the United Nations General Assembly and has left Finance Minister Colm Imbert to act as prime minister.
Here is his full statement:
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago is working through its various agencies to take all necessary steps to prepare for the impact of Tropical Storm Karen.
Citizens are urged to remain vigilant and heed the warnings and alerts from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management and the Meteorological Office.
Today I will depart for New York where I am scheduled to participate at the United Nations General Assembly.
The Cabinet remains alert to the developing situation and stands ready to respond.
The Minister of National Security and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, the Hon. Stuart Young will host a media conference at 10 am to share pertinent information regarding the projected movement of Tropical Storm Karen.
Minister of Finance, the Hon. Colm Imbert will act as Prime Minister until I return."