Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis is condemning the illegal encroachment of forest spaces.
In a press release issued, Robinson-Regis expressed concern over recent media reports on the threat to tree-cover and water-ways in east Trinidad as a result of squatting and illegal quarrying. She said she would not condone the reckless action of a few to the detriment of many.
Attorney-at-law Michael Quamina has sent a letter to the Express Newspaper on behalf of Minister of Planning and Development, Camille Robinson-Regis, warning the newspaper not to publish any further articles on allegations that Robinson-Regis did not disclose the source of funds to First Citizens Bank.
It follows a front-page article in the Sunday Express which alleged that Robinson-Regis failed a bank query.
The Government has acquired a US$25 million loan from the IDB.
The following is a statement from the Ministry of Planning and Development on the matter:
"The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago today signed a US$25 million dollar loan that will assist Trinidad and Tobago in enhancing its trade facilitation processes.
This IDB loan is an effort to boost economic development, encourage innovation and growth, and open new pathways to economic diversification for the country.
Planning Minister Camille Robinson-Regis has raised an alarm over the increase in cases of teenage pregnancy.
She highlighted her concerns at a meeting with a delegation representing the United Nations Population Fund.
The UNFPA confirmed the Minister's assessment and also revealed that HIV infections among young females have also increased.
They say early sexual initiation of children in our society is contributing to the problem.
The UN representatives commended T&T saying it has taken the lead in implementing measures to address the social issues.