The situation in Venezuela has over the last few months grabbed worldwide attention, as the citizens there face hunger and economic challenges that seem to be overwhelming them. Ruben Smith a Venezuelan citizen living in Trinidad and Tobago spoke to us about the conditions in the country.
Financial Analyst Subhas Ramkhelawan says citizens must take a serious and realistic look at the country’s economy. Ramkhelawan spoke to Good Morning Trinidad and Tobago host Ria Roopchandsingh on a range of economic issues today including the status of the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund and Trinidad and Tobago being downgraded by Standard and Poor's and Moody’s.
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.
Nicole Dyer Griffith, the Host of Oxygen with Nicole, speaks about the Response a civic reaction to public safety and security. Dyer-Griffith, a former Senator, says she believes there needs to be a non partisan approach to dealing with crime in Trinidad and Tobago and she is hoping that her event could start that movement.
Vishnu Charran, President of the Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce, speaks about some of the issues facing businessmen in the Borough Chaguanas. Charran also spoke about the issue of property taxes and his chambers call on government to defer implementation of the property tax until next year.
Shedron Collins, the General Manager of Youth Business Trinidad and Tobago, and Inshan Meahjohn discuss YBTT’s upcoming event "Connect and Sign” on June 30TH, 2017. The event, which will be held at the VIP Lounge of the Hasely Crawford Stadium, will focus on helping entrepreneurs solve many of the issues the face when starting their businesses.
With social media abuzz with rumours of Wyclef Jean coming to headline the World Music Night at the Tobago Jazz Experience our reporter Patricia Nicholson spoke to John Arnold about the event. Aronld is the Tobago House of Assembly’s Events Manager and has promised the new headline act would serve as an able replacement for neo-soul singer D’Angelo, whose appearance was cancelled due to the death of his grandfather.
Nehilet Blackman and Dereck 'OC' Blackman talk about plans for the upcoming Jamoo Praise Festival with Good Morning Trinidad and Tobago host Ria Roopchandsingh. The concert will serve as a tribute to the late great Ras Shorty I and their mother, the late Claudette “Moms” Blackman. The Blackman’s say this was the only way they could think of celebrating the lives of their parents.
Professor Patrick Watson, the current Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social & Economic Studies at UWI ST Augustine, speaks about his Institute’s 18th Annual Conference. This conference is held annually and is rotated among the 3 campuses. It is used as a platform to showcase scholarly and other products related to Caribbean development. The theme for this year’s conference is 'Small Nations, Dislocations, Transformations, Sustainable Development in SIDS'.