PM address TT nationals in London …”IGNORE TRAVEL ADVISORIES”

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Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley, has called on Trinidad and Tobago nationals living in the United Kingdom to ignore the various travel advisories on this country.

He asked them to return home and help fight crime by sharing their experiences and expertise.

Addressing the Trinidad and Tobago diaspora in London on Monday, Rowley expressed disappointment that none of them had applied for the post of Commissioner of Police when it was advertised internationally.

He pointed out that a Commissioner of Police had not been confirmed for more than five years although crime was a major setback facing the country.

He added, “Trinidad and Tobago is at the gateway to the world where drugs, guns and ammunition comes in. International cooperation is needed. We cannot change our location.

“We were hoping that when the advertisement came out, we were sure that there were nationals somewhere who served in the British police service that at least one of you would have applied for commissioner, or if not, as a deputy.

“We are still in a situation where we are not able to get distinguished leadership that could rise through the ranks and take charge of the men to respond to the criminal element. It is a problem that we hope will not last for much longer.”

Rowley told our nationals about the launch of two new entities to market Trinidad and Tobago tourism separately.

He added, “Under the control of the Tobago House of Assembly, which has executive authority for Tobago, we have created a tourism entity which can market Tobago tourism under the THA.

“In Trinidad, we have Carnival and Divali and there is the Trinidad tourism entity which we are a little slow in getting going. We are marketing Trinidad and Tobago tourism separately.”

He said Government had taken the decision not to devalue the Trinidad and Tobago dollar.

He added, “If you devalue the currency you get more Trinidad and Tobago dollars and we can pay for debts, but after consultation we took the decision not to devalue the dollar on a sudden basis but to defend the currency up to $6.85.”

Rowley said his Government had not cut public service jobs and has been working on cutting back the budget deficit. He said when he returns to Trinidad on Tuesday afternoon, Government will prepare to engage in a mid-year budget review.

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