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BATT Comments on Fees & Service Charges

Anya Schnoor, the President of the Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT), and BATT’s Treasurer Karen Darbasie speak to Good Morning Trinidad and Tobago host Ria Roopchandsingh about Fees and Service Charges and their impact on the profits of local banks.

Recently members of BATT appeared before a Joint Select Committee of Parliament, where an inquiry into commercial banking fees was done. During the JSC and our interview, BATT officials dispelled the notion that price fixing exists within the local banking. The organisation’s president also used the interview to urge members of the business groups, who called for a boycott of banks and credit card services, to meet with BATT.

Author Brigette Hyacinth speaks about the need to develop purpose-driven leadership with Good Morning Trinidad and Tobago host Dike Rostant. Hyacinth, who has written two books on leadership, has written a third book and explains the value of real leadership in every organisation.

Hannif Benjamin, the Head of the Centre for Human Development, spoke to Good Morning Trinidad and Tobago host Dike Rostant about the importance of making a conscious effort to engage in positive conflict resolution in workplaces across the country. Benjamin also expressed concern about the rapid rise of contract workers in Trinidad and Tobago, which he says is a breeding ground for uncertainty in the minds of employees.

Attorney Colvin Blaize spoke to Dike Rostant about the much-debated Property Tax system. During the conversation, Blaize urged citizen to be prudent and to ensure that they file the necessary paperwork to facilitate the payment of these taxes.

He explained that there are provisions in the Property Tax Act that hold property owners accountable for making payments. He also noted that under Section 23 of the Act, one could apply for a deferral of payment, on the grounds of impoverishment.

The Local Organising Committee for the official opening of the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba is putting together final plans for the venue’s first event. Dike Rostant spoke with Anthony Blake and Kairon Serrette of the organising committee about the opening. Tickets for the event are priced at $100.00 and will be available from Tuesday 9th May at NCLB outlets across the country.

Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Road Coordinator, Brent Batson, and Denise Caesar, Corporate Communications Manager of NP, speak to Ria Roopchandsingh about UN Road Safety Week. The Week will focus on speed and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries. Speed contributes to around one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high-income countries, and up to half in low- and middle-income countries.

Three valuation officers from the Valuation Division of Ministry of Finance spoke to Good Morning Trinidad and Tobago host Ria Roopchandsingh about the reimplementation of property tax in Trinidad and Tobago. The valuators - Emeris Howell, Dinelle Ramkoon and Shiva Kissoon – gave an in-depth explanation of the documents citizens are required to fill out and explained to callers how their properties would be valued.

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.

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