Lewis: “Need better business environment for real growth…”

The TTMA's Ryan Lewis says it's becoming more difficult to do and get business done in Trinidad and Tobago, and government needs to work towards creating a more enabling environment.

According to Ryan Lewis, increased taxes are hurting businesses, and this is combined with the reality that government's business-related processes and procedures are not as efficient as they should be.

The TTMA head is urging government to start doing what is required to create the enabling environment business needs to reignite the T&T economy.

REGIONAL: PNP & JLP Agree to Political Debates Ahead of Next General Election

The Jamaica Debates Commission (JDC) has confirmed that both the Peoples National Party (PNP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) have agreed, in principle, to participate in up to three political debates to be organized and staged by the Commission, ahead of Jamaica’s next General Elections.

Constitutionally, Jamaica’s next general election is due between February 25, 2021 and June 10, 2021. However, the Prime Minister may call an election ahead of the due date. 

In an official statement, the JDC explains that the three debates will comprise:

Jamaica’s former Prime Minister undergoes surgery today

Jamaica’s former Prime Minister, P.J. Patterson is undergoing surgery today, following a motor vehicle crash at his house in St Andrew.

A statement yesterday from The People’s National Party (PNP), which Mr Patterson used to lead, reported that the medical team attending to him determined that he suffered injuries to his right knee and right hip.

Mr Patterson was taken to the Tony Thwaites Wing at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) on Monday night, following the accident.

Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson In Hospital After Motor Vehicle Accident

Former Prime Minister of Jamaica, PJ Patterson, is now undergoing a complete medical evaluation at the University Hospital of the West Indies, following an accident last night.

Mr Patterson was rushed to hospital late Monday evening after a reported motor vehicle accident at his upper St Andrew home. The extent of his injuries, if any, could not be immediately ascertained.

Jamaica's economic turnaround

Fol­low­ing decades of eco­nom­ic stag­na­tion, the largest Eng­lish-speak­ing coun­try in Cari­com has wit­nessed an eco­nom­ic turn­around, with grow­ing lev­els for­eign ex­change, four years on un­in­ter­rupt­ed growth and un­em­ploy­ment now at its low­est in the coun­try's re­cent his­to­ry. Ja­maica's econ­o­my has roared back and it was done on the back of a strin­gent IMF pro­gramme.

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with the Busi­ness Guardian's Hema Ramkisson the coun­try's Fi­nance Min­is­ter ex­plained the se­cret to a re­al turn­around.

Jamaican woman raises fresh claim of inhumane treatment by T&T Immigration

Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque says he is not aware of an incident, which was Thursday's Jamaica Observer front-page story, in which a Jamaican woman and her four-month-old son were denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago, and as a result he was reluctant to comment on the issue.

The woman, who is from St Mary, has accused Trinidad immigration of inhumane treatment.

“I am not aware of the incident at all, so I am a little bit reluctant to comment on something that I am not aware of,” LaRocque said yesterday.

Trade mission to Jamaica already yielding benefits

The Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association is currently on the third day of its trade mission to Jamaica.

The delegation consists of 26 persons representing 19 companies and is led by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, PS Norris Herbert and TTMA’s President, Christopher Alcazar.

The trade mission commenced with the TTMA, JAMPRO and Jamaica Customs addressing the delegation on day one followed by intense Business to Business (B2B) meetings on the second day.