President Paula-Mae Weekes

Choo Kong's death leaves President Weekes with heavy heart

President Paula-Mae Weekes has added her voice to the tributes being paid to actor, director and producer Raymond Choo Kong.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, President Weekes said her heart was heavy to learn of the actor's death.

The president said Choo Kong was a master of his field.

"Raymond Choo Kong was a born entertainer whose wit and humorous commentaries charmed generations of Trinbagonians. A gifted comedian and seasoned thespian, his exceptional talent transformed the local theatre landscape, setting the bar of his craft quite high," she said.

President off to Barbados

Pres­i­dent Paula-Mae Weekes will trav­el to Bar­ba­dos on Sat­ur­day to ad­dress lo­cal stu­dents there.

A state­ment from the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent said Weekes will speak to Trinidad and To­ba­go Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion Ed­u­ca­tion­al Fo­rum on Mon­day at the Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies Cave Hill Cam­pus.

The Ed­u­ca­tion­al Fo­rum is part of the cam­pus’ pro­mo­tion of the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals as pre­scribed by the Unit­ed Na­tions.

The theme of the event is “Bal­anc­ing the Equa­tion: Break­ing Bar­ri­ers and Build­ing Bridges”.

President urges citizens to devote attention to building meaningful relationships

President Paula Mae-Weekes is urging citizens to devote attention to building meaningful relationships in families and neighbourhoods.

In her emancipation day message to the nation, president weekes said lessons must be learnt from slavery including the destruction of the institution of the family.

She stated “throughout the period of slavery, war was waged on the institution of the family. 

Mothers were separated from their children and sold without ceremony and men were regularly rotated around plantations to prevent the forming of familial bonds." 

China's President congratulates President Paula-Mae Weekes

Chinese President Xi Jinping has congratulated Paula-Mae Weekes, the first woman president of Trinidad and Tobago, saying China attaches great importance to the development of bilateral relations.

In his congratulatory message sent on March 19, Xi said in recent years, the relationship between China and Trinidad and Tobago has maintained a good development momentum.

The two countries have enhanced political mutual trust, achieved fruitful results in bilateral cooperation, and maintained communication and coordination in international affairs.