India's PM invites Dr Rowley to visit; offers to help train T&T helicopter pilots

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 09:45

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says he has been invited by India's prime minister Narendra Modi to visit India to continue building the ties between the two countries.

The prime minister was speaking at today's post-Cabinet media conference following his return from the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, where he held a bilateral meeting with prime minister Modi.

He said Prime Minister Modi has offered to help in the training of helicopter pilots which Dr Rowley described as "a tremendous expense to T&T" at this time.

He said Prime Minister Modi offered to discuss and finalise an arrangement to have some of T&T's pilots trained in India at the cost of the Indian government.

He said they also discussed the Couva Hospital, which the prime minister announced will take on a new role as an offshore medical school run by the University of the West Indies with the support of InterHealth Canada.

He said this will also help T&T to settle a debt owed to the university, which amounts to around TT$200 million.

He said the government will be able to give details on the hospital in a few weeks but said it would provide cutting edge service to Trinidad and Tobago, the region and the world, and provide services not now available in health care in T&T.

He said he took the opportunity to raise this with PM Modi, who indicated he would have a team communicate with T&T on how India can also play a role in the Couva hospital.