The three T&T fishermen who were taken by Venezuela's Guardia Nacional are back home.
The fishermen arrived in Cedros just after 4pm today where they were reunited with family members.
We will have more in the CNC3 weekend news at 7pm.
Photo by Guardian Media's Ivan Toolsie.
The three Trinidad and Tobago fishermen who were taken by Venezuela's Guardia Nacional are finally on their way home to Trinidad.
The men boarded a vessel in Venezuela this afternoon for the short journey home.
Awardnath Hajarie, his son Nicholas and Shami Seepersad appeared in a Venezuela court but were released and have been staying at one of the men's family members in Venezuela.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is forecasting a 0.2 percent growth in Trinidad and Tobago's economy this year.
The figure was listed in the IMF's World Economic Outlook for 2018, released today.
It also forecasts the same growth rate of 0.2 percent for the year 2019 but has a five-year forecast of 1.9% growth in 2023.
According to the IMF figures, Trinidad and Tobago was among three of 32 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, that registered a decline in its economy last year.
The IMF figures show that real GDP fell 2.6% in 2017.
"They're free to leave".
That's the position put forward by the state with respect to the return of three T&T nationals captured by the Venezuelan Guardia Nacional presumably in T&T waters.
In a statement issued today, the Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs said the three fishermen are free to leave Venezuela on their own volition.
"The Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs wishes to provide an update on the three (3) Trinidad and Tobago nationals who had been detained in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.