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Multi-tasker extraordinaire

Pizza. Chicken. Chinese. Coffee. Cheesecake. Throw into that mix, Captain D’s Seafood. That’s the latest addition to the Pizza Boys group of companies of 65 restaurants...

BG View from the Editor

Affording tertiary education

On January 1, 2006, tertiary education in T&T was supposed to become “free” to the citizens of this country...

Mixed Assets

Alcoa refutes Sebastien

On Tuesday afternoon, after the pages with the continuing “Industrialisation Debate” had been completed, we received this statement from Alcoa which, it stated, “serves to dispel the allegations” made in the Business Guardian of December 22 by Raphael Sebastien, the president of Cedros Peninsula United...


The industrialisation debate

Let’s be ‘real’ about industrialisation

It is very unfortunate that the press decided to categorise the people protesting the industrialisation of the southwestern peninsula as “environmentalists” calling their struggle an environmental protest...

Lets measure costs and benefits

Current high prices and expected increases in worldwide demand for oil and natural gas have caused aluminium producers to look for cheaper and reliable sources of energy...

Development is more than GDP

I wish to respond to the issues raised by the editor of the Business Guardian on the Government’s decision to establish two smelters in South Trinidad, one to convert alumina to aluminium and the other (Alutrint) to process bauxite into alumina, and hence into aluminium...

Do smelters make economic sense?

I read with great interest your article in last Thursday’s Business Guardian with the title “Is our future Cedros, La Brea.”


Widespread ignorance about CSME

The Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME), now effectively part of the T&T reality in 2006, has turned out to be one of the more misunderstood public policy initiatives covered on an ongoing basis in the regional press...

PSA enters housing arena

The name Jennifer Baptiste-Primus has become synonymous with salary negotiations for public servants and the defense of workers’ rights...

Energy sector masking inefficiencies–Enill

High revenues from the energy sector are masking inefficiencies in the non-energy sector, Minister in the Ministry of Finance Conrad Enill said last week, but this was necessary until the economy is sufficiently diversified and better able to compete...


Rural residents worry about future

Faint drafts of sea breeze from Irois Bay cut the air on December 22 as Ashton Charles sat on a bench outside his Chatham mini-mart...


We’re doing our best - Nortel

In the midst of mobile market liberalisation, the name Nortel keeps popping up. It’s the equipment supplier of TSTT and local start-up Laqtel and the company which needs to provide the interface equipment necessary for interconnection...

Commentary and Analysis

Family businesses take special effort

If you are part of a family who owns a business and you work for that organisation, then you probably regard it as a tremendous gift and an incredible challenge...

The good and bad of boom times

As the year 2005 progressed, “mini-boom” conditions began to creep into the T&T economy. Government’s revenues and spending reached record highs and many businesses posted record earnings...

Review of energy sector in 2005

Oil, gas prices hit all-time high

The year 2005 was another expansionary year for the T&T energy sector that was characterised by the completion of key projects and the continued expansion of the downstream gas-based sector into metals and petrochemicals...

2005 Emerging Markets review

Latin America shines

Emerging markets displayed tremendous resilience throughout 2005 in the face of numerous adverse developments in the global economy...

Looking through the crystal ball

Over the past couple of weeks we have been taking a closer look at the local and international environment in order to get a sense of what to expect in 2006. This week we conclude this overview and next week we will take a look back at 2005, the year that was...

Action-filled 2005

The calendar year 2005 would be remembered by many investors as an action-filled year. Coming off of the heels of a three year “bull-run” in which the Composite Index grew by 25.65 per cent (2002), 27.23 per cent (2003) and an astonishing 54.8 per cent in 2004, many predicted a slower rate of growth of 15 to 20 per cent...




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