The responsibility for care and protection for babies with microcephaly should be in the state’s hands since Government was late in responding to preparations for last year’s Zika mosquito epidemic and babies with Microcephaly were later born, says UNC MP Dr Tim Gopeesingh.
Gopeesingh was speaking in yesterday’s 2020 Budget debate in the Lower House.
Microcephaly, a condition where a baby’s head is smaller than normal, is caused by the Zika virus among other conditions.
In her opening salvos of her response to the Finance Minister’s Budget Presentation… Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar S.C., has described the 2020 Budget as an insult to the poor.
She says government should call the general election now.
According to Opposition Leader, the Finance Minister did little more than throw crumbs at the most vulnerable in the society.
The Opposition Leader argues that government’s provisions have meant that CEPEP’s allocation was the lowest in years.
The political leader of the Congress of the People says Monday’s budget failed to address urgent measures needed to transform the country's economy.
According to Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, the fiscal measures announced only appear to achieve short term political gains, as opposed to sustainable development.
She said the government's macroeconomic position was out of sync with reality.
The State is saddled with $345 million in claims for properties that were acquired to make way for the construction of the Solomon Hochoy Highway Extension to Point Fortin.
And over 100 properties were acquired that are no longer in the way of the proposed road development.
This was revealed by Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan on Wednesday during an event in Guapo, where Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley turned the sod for packages, 5D, 6C and 3A of the highway extension project.
Licks from the Opposition, plus licks from some Independent senators.
That was the state of play yesterday as the Senate began debating Government’s controversial bill to regulate Non-Profit Organisations (NPO) - legislation which the Independent bench’s first two speakers feared could destroy the NPO sector and discourage participation in it.
The bill, which was passed in the House of Representatives recently, has generated concern from some organisations which said they weren’t consulted.
The Government has said that it is pleased that the Civil Asset Recovery and Management Unexplained Wealth Bill 2019 was passed in the Lower House last evening, April 8, 2019.
The bill received the unanimous support of Government and Opposition Members of Parliament.
The Group DC LLC, the US lobbyist firm, which undertook several trade and investment promotion initiatives for the T&T Government last year, identified opportunities and strategies to engage multinational corporations to potentially increase commercial shipping and drydock construction here.
Finance Minister Colm Imbert outlined the work the firm did in 2018 in response to questions from Naparima MP Rodney Charles in Parliament on Friday.
Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Haji Kazim Hosein has delivered instruments of appointment to the new board of Directors for the Rural Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago (RDC).
The Directors of the Financial Intelligence Units (FIU) of El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago have executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a framework to facilitate the timely exchange of information and intelligence that is reasonably considered relevant to the investigation of a money laundering or financing of terrorism case.
The MOU was executed at the Caribbean Financial Action Task Fork (CFATF) XLVIII Plenary held during November 19-23, 2018 in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and a team of accompanying ministers and other Government officials today met with a high-level team from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
President of the IDB Luis Alberto Moreno led the team of officials who represented the bank.
The meeting was held at the Diplomatic Centre, La Fantasie, St Anns.