Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Chamber: Time to build Tobago

THA election over...

Now that the elections are over, the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and Central Government need to have a mature conversation about developing the island's economy, president of the American Chamber of Commerce Hugh Howard said yesterday.

In a telephone interview with the Express, Howard, a Tobagonian, said he "sincerely hoped" victorious head of the People's National Movement Tobago Council Orville London would meet with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar "as a matter of urgency".

"I hope their meeting is not one of accusation, but of factual discussion on development for Tobago and (disbursing) the necessary funds with accountability and value for money," he said.

On Monday, the PNM made a clean sweep, winning all 12 seats in the THA elections, leaving People's Partnership member Tobago Organisation of the People and former THA chief secretary Hochoy Charles's Tobago Platform of Truth with nothing.

Howard said he did not believe a THA led by the party in Opposition would be a deterrent for investors in the island.

But he said, "What is required now by the THA is to make it abundantly clear that they are open for new investment, not only from Trinidad but internationally."

"Let us put all political rhetoric behind us. This is an opportunity to unite and look at things objectively... Tobago cannot under any circumstances survive alone. (Both parties) need to do things in the interest of the nation," he added. —Carla Bridglal