Cabinet will meet in a one day retreat at the Diplomatic Centre in St Anns on Friday.
According to a statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister during the exercise, various ministers will review the development programme, inter-ministerial cooperation activities and public service responsibilities among other issues. The retreat comes days after Dr Keith Rowley announced a cabinet reshuffle which saw the appointment of Stuart Young as minister of National Security while Edmund Dillon was handed the portfolio of Housing And Urban Development minister.
The Private Schools Association says it stands ready to meet with Education Minister Anthony Garcia and his team to hear what proposal is on the table on the issue of the fee increase which they have requested for students assigned by the government to private schools.
The school year ended last Friday with a virtual stand-off between the Education Ministry and the principals of the private schools, with many of the seven schools not yet in receipt of payments owed to them by the Ministry of Education for the term just ended.
Cabinet is calling on the management of the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) to explain to the public the process that was undertaken to arrive at the decision to dismiss staff.
A statement by the Ministry of Education says that while the Cabinet is aware and understands the need for this move, the UTT must be given the opportunity to fully elaborate on the process that was followed to the public.
The point was also made, that the letters of termination that have already been issued to academic staff members will stand as valid.
Cabinet has approved the spending of close to $8 million by the Port Authority of T&T to get the ports of Port-of-Spain and Scarborough ready for the Galleons Passage.
Port chairman Lyle Alexander told the T&T Guardian yesterday that the Port requested the money to ensure that the pier is ready for when the Galleons Passage arrives.
The vessel inched closer to its final destination yesterday when it arrived in Panama. From Panama the vessel heads to Cuba.
Former Central Bank Governor Jwala Rambaran has lost in court, in a bid to have the court order the Cabinet to give a Statement of Reasons for his dismissal.
The court found that the application was made too late and Rambaran has also been found guilty of non-disclosure.
The following is a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance today in relation to the matter:
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has fired former Sports Minister Darryl Smith, who, just yesterday, was demoted to the position of Minister in the Ministry of Housing.
The following is a statement by the Office of the Prime Minister on the dismissal.
Opposition Member of Parliament Dr Roodal Moonilal is describing Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's Cabinet reshuffle as an abomination and a joke.
According to him, the adjustments are untenable given the allegations lingering over the heads of the reshuffled ministers.
Dr Moonilal says he is particularly concerned with Dr Rowley's new role as Housing Minister.
Former UNC Government Minister Devant Maharaj says the prime minister should have reprimanded and removed Minister Darryl Smith, instead of shifting his portfolio.
Maharaj issued a statement minutes after the announcement of a reshuffle by the Office of the Prime Minister: