The president of the Amusement Gaming Association is challenging Finance Minister Colm Imbert to prove the claims he made against the association while winding-up the Budget debate on Thursday.
Russell Bahadoorsingh says the Minister's claims are incorrect.
The following is a statement issued by the president of the Amusement Gaming Association.
"The information presented as facts by Minister of Finance Colm Imbert in the winding up of the National Budget on Thursday 12th October 2017 is simply wrong and incorrect.
Economist Marla Dukharan is making it clear she has no intention of being dragged into a war of words with Finance Minister Colm Imbert.
Yesterday, RBC’s former senior economist shot into the spotlight after the minister said his statement about a ‘sterile discussion’ was directed to her and not to the audience at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce’s post-Budget discussion.
But even with shifting blame game and public interest in the matter, Dukheran says it’s time to move on.
Finance Minister Colm Imbert is insisting that a statement he made at a Chamber of Industry and Commerce's post-budget forum was taken out of context by the media.
Minister Imbert says what was highlighted in the media was a total misrepresentation of what occurred at the chamber.
In a release Minister Imbert says, "One of the two invited speakers, Ms Marla Dukharan, spent most of her contribution demanding an immediate devaluation of the Trinidad and Tobago dollar, as well as huge cutbacks in government spending and increases in utility rates".