Opposition Leader shares economic vision in New Year’s message

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 12:00

The opposition United National Congress (UNC) is hoping to win the hearts and minds of the electorate in 2020, with a plan it says will generate as many as 50,000 jobs.

In her New Year’s Address to the Nation, UNC Political Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, points to her party's National Economic Transformation Masterplan, which proposes 12 Key Strategic Prosperity Engines.

She states that should she and the UNC be given another chance in government, her administration will focus on these key development areas, which she says will help the country in its economic diversification thrust.

  1. Brechin Castle Agro-Processing Complex
  2. St. Madeleine Manufacturing Facility
  3. East-West Biotechnology Manufacturing Corridor
  4. Sevilla Digital Innovation Park
  5. Tamana ‘Solartech’ Renewable Energy Park
  6. West Port Of Spain 'Trinidad Creative Arts Street/Area’
  7. East Port Of Spain Steelpan Manufacturing Facility
  8. Piarco Aircraft Maintenance, Repair & Operations Hub
  9. Cedros Special Economic Zone
  10. Point Galeota Energy Logistics Hub
  11. Plymouth International Cruise Ship/Marina Complex
  12. Tobago’s First Locally Branded Hotel


The Opposition Leader says under the UNC’s vision and leadership, these proposed projects will be spread across communities both in Trinidad and in Tobago.

She says they will mobilize and engage the private sector, both local and international.

Noting that the country has been under “a regime that has grown oppressive, and which has shown its inability to govern”, the UNC leader went on to encourage the electorate to choose her and her team, whom she says “have the vision and plan”—as well as “the capability, competence, and expertise”—to get T&T working again.

Mrs Persad-Bissessar said the country faces critical problems which are hindering its path to growth and prosperity, pointing to the increased criminal activity and spiralling murder rate.

She called on citizens to work together to meet these challenges head-on, bringing to the table their collective “courage, resilience, and innovative spirit, to realise a brighter, more prosperous future for Trinidad and Tobago”.



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