With talks of a possible third rating agency being introduced to rate this country, AMCHAM VP Mitch DeSilva believes it may be a better move to understand what corrective measures could be taken to restore T&T to a favourable investment grade level rather than to get the third rating.
The recent downgrades by Standard and Poor’s, and Moody’s cannot be attributed only to the decline in the energy sector but also to the “lack of responsible spending over the last decade.” This from Economist Vaalmiki Arjoon. As for his thoughts on the property tax he says taxes are not necessarily bad but citizens do expect value for their money which has not always been the case in years gone by.
“Agriculture has been treated as a bastard child” in the past and will be put on the back burner again once the price of oil goes up. That’s the view of the president of the T&T Farmers Union, Shiraz Khan.
Political Analyst Ancel St. Hillaire expects government to implement growth measures in 2017 as he believes government used 2016 to steady declining economic growth.
2016 was a very difficult year for T&T’s energy sector due to falling oil and gas production says Dr. Thackwray Driver, CEO of the Trinidad and Tobago Energy Chamber.
Although he's had a busy year, the man of many hats, Rembunction, visited Good Morning Trinidad and Tobago and spread his Christmas cheer. He even got host Dike Rostant to join in spreading the cheer on set.
UWI Guild President Makesi Peters says a better life is what many students who pursue tertiary education hope to achieve. He says however they are "very worried" about whether or not they'll get a sustainable job afterwards. National scholarship recipient Keston Perry says economics are one of the chief reasons that 75% of tertiary educated students emigrate.
"We've become politicians of convenience" says Political Analyst Shane Mohammed when commenting on the progress of politics in T&T for the past year. Whereas Amilcar Sanatan of the UWI Socialist Student Conference says the two party system in T&T isn't as "poisonous" as it is thought of but is a system that is also present in other Caribbean countries, the USA and Australia.