Persad-Bissessar: Dr Anthony Sabga will be remembered for his "generous spirit"

Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the late Chairman Emeritus of the ANSA McAL Group of Companies, Dr Anthony Sabga, will be remembered for his generous spirit.

Persad-Bissessar issued a statement saying she was saddened by Dr Sabga's passing.

"I was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Dr Anthony Norman Sabga, O.R.T.T., Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the ANSA McAl Group of Companies.

Dr Sabga’s life story is truly inspiring, as he came from humble beginnings, and meticulously built a business empire over the course of several decades, becoming one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the Caribbean.

I recall a statement he made, which aptly reflects his approach: “Honesty, integrity and determination to succeed – these values have served me very well. I was never afraid to make any decision, whether right or wrong. Very often, however, a decision is made and it has to be shaped into success. So the determination to succeed is a key factor”.

Dr Sabga loved Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean, and as a way of giving back to the people of this region, he conceptualized and introduced the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence, which seeks to recognize the achievements of Caribbean people in the areas of Arts, Sciences, and Public and Civic Work.

Dr Sabga was presented with this county’s highest award, the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, in 2011. In 1998, he was conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the University of the West Indies, and in 2016 he was presented with the keys to the City of Port of Spain.

He will be warmly remembered for his generous spirit, and his commitment to helping young people advance in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership.

Dr Sabga’s passing is a great loss to Trinidad and Tobago and the region, but I am certain that his vision, determination and sagacity will continue to inspire generations to come.

On behalf of the Members of the Opposition, I extend my condolences to Dr Sabga’s family, friends and employees of the ANSA McAl Group of Companies. May he rest in peace."