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More collaborations with Gov't and private sector necessary

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Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley says collaborations between the private sector and Government are necessary to grow the economy.

The Prime Minister made the statement as Carib Glassworks Limited, a member of the ANSA McAL Group of Companies, formally commissioned a new world class facility at its plant on Wednesday.

Group Chairman and Chief Executive of the ANSA McAL Group of Companies, A. Norman Sabga, believes Government must be the biggest ally of the private sector.

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley agreed, saying such collaborations are necessary.

"The private sector, mobilising its expertise, its experience, its finances and with the support of Government removing impediments and creating facilitating environments, that Trinidad and Tobago will continue to grow, even in the circumstance that is quite different to what we've been accustomed to."

Dr. Rowley said the new CGL plant is a great opportunity for expansion.

"If we confine ourselves even just to the CARICOM region, we will find that very soon that market cannot sustain our own aspirations. We have to look outside. We need to play in a bigger market. We in Trinidad and Tobago ought not to allow our small size and our thinking that the Government is the limit of our accomplishment."

Currently, CGL is the leader in glass production in the region.

Each day, millions of glass bottles are produced at Carib Glass, as they are the only producers of glass in the Caribbean.

Approximately 20 million glass products are produced in one month, and 1.2 million in one day, according to Technical Director at Caribbean Glass Limited, Cyril Coomansingh.

"Annually we will make in excess of 30 thousand tonnes per year for the local market. Because of the increased capacity, it allows us now to look at new markets that we previously didn't have. Because of the new technology, it allows us to go into markets that previously we were unable to make the type of bottles, the size of bottles and capacity."

The furnace is where all the melting of the raw materials takes place. The main raw materials are sand, limestone, soda ash and recycled bottles. Recycled glass makes up at least 55% of the mix.

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