Vice-chairman of the Roadmap Recovery Team Robert Le Hunte.

SHALIZA HASSANALI

In a few hours, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will receive the first interim report by a 23-member Roadmap Recovery Team to tackle the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vice-chairman of the committee and Public Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte told Guardian Media the team has been working around the clock to meet today’s deadline of the interim report with a view of transforming T&T’s economy following the effects of coronavirus.

The team, chaired by Rowley, comprises government members, businessmen, economists and activists who have been tasked with the responsibility of creating a post-COVID roadmap to recovery for T&T.

The committee was divided into 16 sub-sectors to deal with agriculture, construction, trade, manufacturing, businesses, energy and banking.

Others have been mandated to look into Government’s capital expenditure, revenue enhancement and cash flow management.

Le Hunte said a sub-sector committee was recently added to the team to deal with environment and education.

Health has also been slotted into the social services subcommittee.

“We have looked at our committees and tighten them up a bit to ensure that we have resources looking at all areas that will create the foundation pillars under which answers will emerge.”

On Monday, Le Hunte said the committee along with its second vice-chairman Gerry Brooks held its third meeting with the PM.

“We sat for over five hours and most of the presentations were very detailed. A lot of work was done in all of the areas. We have been meeting repeatedly with the team and going through all the reports that have been done and looking at different recommendations.”

He said the team had issued a call to citizens to submit their views on issues affecting their communities and coming out of this, the team began brainstorming their suggestions, ideas and recommendations.

Le Hunte said the committee focused on digitisation of the public service, developing e-identification cards, using technology in the ease of doing business and execution capabilities of the government.

“The time for these projects is now. The PM has already signalled that.”

Having collected a report from each subcommittee, Le Hunte said vital points and information were sifted out and used in the PM’s interim report.

“As we speak, there are aspects of the report that we have already been able to finish. It’s a tight deadline. I expect to get a completed document somewhere between Thursday night and Friday morning.”

The report will contain an executive summary, major findings and details of the committee’s recommendations.

The team, he said has begun putting together details for the final report due on June 2.