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Moonilal: We can learn from US politics

By Carolyn Kissoon carolyn.kissoon@trinidadexpress.com

There are many lessons the Kamla Persad-Bissessar-led People's Partnership Government can learn from the politics of the United States.

This according to Minister of Housing and Member of Parliament for Oropouche East Roodal Moonilal.

"The lessons we learn from Obama is that we need to communicate more forcefully the achievements of a government and be very clear on a daily basis in terms of our progress," he said.

Speaking to the media before participating in a Divali pooja at his constituency office in Debe on Tuesday, Moonilal said one of the toughest challenges was the issue of employment.

"We have been able to keep employment down at a very low level and that is a credit to (Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar), (Winston) Dookeran and (Larry) Howai. "I think once we keep unemployment down and we get economic activity moving as it is, and we get positive economic growth, we avoid the pitfalls that (Barack) Obama faced," he said.

He said the People's Partnership Government was monitoring its achievement closely.

Moonilal said he attended a Parliament meeting in Vienna, Austria, last week on extractive industries and the role of parliament in monitoring the oil and gas industry.

"I came back with very sound recommendations, which I have already discussed with (Energy) Minister (Kevin) Ramnarine in terms of enhancing governance in that key sector. So in addition to extractive industries transparency initiative, we may look at further parliamentary institutions to monitor the oil and gas sector in terms of improving governance.

"I have picked up other useful ideas and suggestions in terms of transparency and open government. The more open a government is, the longer it will last.

"Our Government is not scared at all about transparency and openness and, in the coming days, I intend to discuss with colleagues and share greater initiatives for better governance, transparency and openness," he said.

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