RBL hit with technological issues

Republic Bank Limited has been hit with a technological problem that is affecting its customer transactions, including mobile and Internet banking.

Managing director Nigel Baptiste confirmed the situation this afternoon as he apologised to all the bank's customers for the situation.

The problem first occurred this morning resulting in transactions at the bank's branches being slowed and causing long lines.

"There was an error that resulted in the system first gradually slowing down and then eventually being non-responsive," Baptiste told the T&T Guardian.

Digicel T&T remains financially stable

Dig­i­cel T&T is not in fi­nan­cial trou­ble and no re­struc­tur­ing of the com­pa­ny is con­tem­plat­ed at this point in time.

That’s the re­sponse from the com­pa­ny’s cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ag­er, Pen­ny Gomez, who told the Sun­day Busi­ness Guardian, that Dig­i­cel’s Caribbean op­er­a­tions re­main sol­id and in­tact.

Dig­i­cel has been in the news re­cent­ly with an ar­ti­cle in the Irish Times rais­ing con­cerns about its fi­nan­cial sta­bil­i­ty and doubts on the op­er­a­tions of Dig­i­cel and its fu­ture prospects in the re­gion.

Tourism Trinidad appoints acting CEO

Heidi Alert has been appointed to act as Chief Executive Officer Tourism Trinidad Limited (TTL) with immediate effect. 

According to a release from TTL Alert will report to the Chairman of the Board,  Janelle Commissiong and will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the company. 

Alert currently functions as the Manager, Destination Development at the company and according to the TTL release with the new appointment, Alert will now manage both portfolios, until a new CEO is installed.

Huawei announces new T&T CEO

Huawei Technologies T&T has announced the appointment of Mr. Jeff Jin as the Chief Executive Officer for its operations in Trinidad and Tobago, with immediate effect.

Jin takes over the job of spearheading the Huawei T&T team with responsibility for overseeing strategic growth, development and overall operations for all of Trinidad and Tobago and the Eastern Caribbean, with a range of focus including the Huawei network, enterprise and device business groups.

Moody's predicts growth in next two years

Moody’s Investors Service has predicted that the T&T economy will grow in the next two years but says economic diversification remains weak.

The report said that although growth is expected institutional shortcomings are present in the country and ineffective policy-making institutions are constraining the country’s credit rating. 

Moody's said: "Although full-year data is not yet available, short-term indicators suggest that after almost a decade of stagnation, the economy returned to growth in 2018. We expect economic growth to be around 1.5%-2.5% in 2019-20.”

Nutrien to further investment in T&T

Canadian-based fertilizer company, Nutrien, has signaled its intention to further its investment in Trinidad and Tobago. 

The commitment came via a meeting of the company's executives and prime minister Dr Keith Rowley at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann's on Tuesday.

Over the next six months, the company will execute a multimillion-dollar plant upgrade as it continues to position itself as a major player in the local hydrocarbon industry.

PM: Country's business, future in good hands

Despite T&T being given a downgrade from Rating Agency Standard and Poor's, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is assuring the country that its business and its future are in good hands.

In a message posted o his Facebook page, Dr Rowley admitted that while T&T is still rated with an investment grade, the country is still in serious difficulties.

The downgrade is as a result of S&P’s projection of a reduction in gas production. 

Imbert approves VAT deal for Paria

Mo­torists will not ben­e­fit from a de­ci­sion by the Min­istry of Fi­nance to ex­empt Paria Fu­els Trad­ing com­pa­ny from pay­ing more than $382 mil­lion in Val­ue Added Tax.

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert con­firmed that he had giv­en ap­proval for the new­ly mint­ed State en­ter­prise not to pay VAT to Gov­ern­ment on fu­el it had im­port­ed and in a what­sap mes­sage told Guardian Me­dia that there is no re­la­tion­ship be­tween VAT on im­port­ed fu­el and on VAT be­ing paid at the pump.

BHP president joins RBL board

Republic Bank Limited has announced that Vincent Pereira has joined its Board of Directors.

The appointment is effective July 1, 2019. 

Pereira is the current president of BHP Trinidad and Tobago, a position he has has since 2005. 

He has more than 35 years’ experience in the energy sector, having worked in Trinidad and Tobago and in the United States of America. 

In his role, Pereira was responsible for the firm’s safe and reliable operations and for the growth of a legacy business in Trinidad and Tobago.