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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.

Although citizens have been presented with an exhaustive list, they can only submit information that they possess when returning the Valuation Return Forms. This from Valuation Surveyor Dr. Sunil Lalloo. Dr. Lalloo stressed however that the valuation forms must be returned as there are penalties attached to not doing so.
 
As to why residential valuations are being done before commercial ones, Dr. Lalloo says valuating commercial properties requires the use of a significant amount of resources so it may be more practical to begin with residential properties.
 

“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.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 16:14

(GMTT) T&T Politics: A Look Back At 2016

"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.

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