the office of the PM
read that the Honourable Prime Minister hinted in Parliament that
the Prime Minister proposes very shortly to travel to Spain
and to travel to England where we will talk with Repsol, we will
talk with British Gas and we will talk with BP. That's all I will
say about that matter.
statement was made in the context of lower revenues being derived
from LNG Trains I, II & III in comparison with those from Train
big energy producers have been posting quarterly profits quoted
in billions of dollars and it is only right and fitting that the
countries whose non-renewable resources are being exploited should
be adequately, fairly and justly compensated for their wasting assets.
there have been sensible provisions enshrined in the agreements
between the Government and the gas companies relating to their review,
rescission or termination.
is surprising is that the Prime Minister will be going off to these
countries in order to talk with these companies when there are so
many pressing problems at home requiring his attention and management.
this further devaluing the Office of the Prime Minister, which not
so long ago was seen as usurping the function of TTPost or DHL delivering
airmail around the Caribbean?
there was the tell them to leave me display the other
day when ministers have been known to be fired for less than that
sort of thing.
following elementary questions, among others, must arise:
these matters first discussed with the line ministers and their
proper briefs prepared?
this announcement have come as a surprise to the companies named?
it is appreciated that natural gas is the lifeblood of Trinidad
and Tobago's economy one would assume that before any public announcement
is made, the process and procedure to enter into negotiations with
foreign companies would entail proper homework and preparations
on the part of government, discussions between government officials
and officials of the gas companies through their local offices in
the first instance and written requests for meetings to review existing
arrangements with venues alternating between local and foreign.
Maybe all these are already in place, who knows.
course, any company officials visiting for the occasion would likely
pay a courtesy call on the Prime Minister, and that is fine, but
the Office of Prime Minister need not be devalued by the officeholder
having to go to the head offices of these foreign companies to talk
with their officials.
taxes to fund conferences
what basis can PM Manning justify spending an astronomical $503
million (one per cent of the 2009 budget equivalent to the sum for
the construction of the Tobago power plant) to host the Summits
of the Americas and the Commonwealth if not to boost his already
diplomatic goodwill and political and economic benefits will accrue
to the pauperised people of Trinidad and Tobago from hosting these
conferences when we are burdened with a poverty rate of 27 per cent?
The poverty gap is widening.
top of this sum PM Manning via Udecott has spent further billions
to erect the Water Front Conference Centre and the Hyatt where the
meetings will be held.
escalating headline inflation rate of 12 per cent is already destroying
the dwindling middle class that he has targeted for punitive tax
is clear the Manning administration has decided to lay down this
red carpet diplomatic extravagance for visiting delegations to flaunt
the oil and gas bonanza of T&T as well as to convey an illusion
of wealth to the world.
has increased the price on premium gasoline and increased motor
vehicle tax totalling the half-billion that the middle class is
being called upon to pay to fund this half-billion dollar diplomatic
does not stand to gain technical assistance from the Commonwealth
because of its high capita per capita. As for the headquarters of
the FTAA, President Chavez already has performed the final rites
with his ALBA alternative.
the proposed OECS political union demarche, PM Manning must show
respect and tell us how T&T will gain from this $500m and rising
foray into the unknown.
have noticed a print advertisement advising customers and suppliers
of a change in a company location. The new location is El Socorro
Extension Road #1, which is south of the Churchill Roosevelt Highway.
the advertisement, the directional arrows on the map, indicate to
drivers proceeding east along the CR Highway, in order to get to
the new location, they need to make a U-turn at the CR Highway/El
Socorro Road Extension #2 traffic lights, then proceed west along
the CR Highway before turning south into Extension Road #1.
U-turns on this busy section of the road will increase road carnage/rage
and the traffic authorities should insist this advertisement be
via post should be sent to the
St Vincent Street,
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