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Tobago hopes for economic boost

THE business community in Tobago is hoping that economic activity on the island will be boosted following the landslide victory of the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) at the THA election on Monday night. Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce chair Diane Hadad told the Express yesterday that the people have spoken and the newly elected party will have an opportunity to jump-start Tobago over the next four years. “The chamber’s position is to give the PDP a chance to present its ideas to the people of Tobago as the party members would have said on the platform while campaigning how they intended...

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Tobago chambers congratulate PDP on THA win

THE TOBAGO BUSINESS CHAMBER and the Tobago chapter of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Business and Commerce have both sent heartfelt congratulations to the PDP on its win against the Tobago PNM in the THA elections. Both chambers expressed their desire to work with the new administration. “We are clear on our desire to work along with this incoming administration to ensure that the elements of the Tobago private sector are brought back to life so that we could have a vibrant business sector in Tobago,” said Martin George, chairman and founding director of the Tobago Business Chamber. Diane Hadad, chairman of...

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Tobago Chamber Hopes PDP Victory will Revive Business

WITH the Progressive Democratic Patriots PDP about to take the mantle at the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), the Tobago Business Chamber is hoping that the business sector will be able to be revived on the island. Chamber’s President Martin George, issued a congratulatory message to the party that was able to topple the People’s National Movement (PNM) in the THA election on Monday in an almost clean sweep. George said, “We are clear in our desire to work along with the incoming administration to ensure that the elements of the Tobago private sector are resuscitated, brought back to life so that...

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Judge raises concerns over attorney conflict in land sales

A HIGH COURT judge has ordered a Port of Spain law firm and one of its attorneys to bear all the costs associated with getting a valuation done on a piece of land in central Trinidad. When the valuation is completed, the firm and the attorney will also have to pay any difference between what policewoman paid for the land and its value in its current state. Justice Frank Seepersad made the order on Monday, in a claim by Nerisa Garrette against Scotiabank, attorney Tiffany Oliver, the firm Fitzwilliam Stone Furness-Smith and Morgan, and Dickey Seepersad, the vendor for the land in...

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Tobago Chamber on vaccine rate: We can’t fiddle while Rome burns

The Tobago Business Chamber says it will support the Government if it wishes to implement mandatory covid19 vaccinations in Trinidad and Tobago. In a WhatsApp voice note on Friday, the chamber’s chairman Martin George alluded to the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on Thursday night in which Dr Rowley spoke about the country’s dire situation with respect to the high rate of new covid19 infection and increasing deaths from the virus. With a significant percentage of the population still unvaccinated, Rowley said if the high infection rate persists the country’s health care system could collapse. George said, “The Tobago Business Chamber notes...

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Chambers: SoE end may not save businesses

AS OF MIDNIGHT on Wednesday night, the six-month long state of emergency (SoE) was discontinued by government two weeks before it was set to expire. While the move is a welcome one, on Thursday, some business chambers said there was still some concern over the turnout of customers and the rate of business for the Christmas season, especially with infections on the rise. TT Chamber of Commerce chairman Gabriel Faria, in recalling the chamber’s earlier call to remove the SoE or reduce the hours of the curfew, said the removal of the SoE would give businesses more time to operate. “The key...

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Tobago Chamber: Government paying lip service to private sector

Tobago Business Chamber chairman Martin George has accused the Government of paying lip service in its efforts to develop Tobago's private sector. George said if the Government was serious, it would repeal the Foreign Investment Act, immediately reopen beaches on the island, and remove VAT from all goods and services there. His comments come three days after the Prime Minister gave the commitment that the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), once controlled by the PNM, will continue to shoulder the burden of providing employment, until the private sector is robust enough to take over. Dr Rowley said the expansion of the island's...

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Reopen island’s beaches: Call from Tobago Chamber

THE Tobago Business Chamber is urging the Government to remove restrictions on beaches, as the organisation believes the beach ban has outlived its usefulness. The chamber chairman, Martin George, in a video post sent to the media yesterday, said that most Trinidadians who visit Tobago for vacation always want to go to the beach with their families. “It is high time that the restriction be lifted as the beaches are also a tourism revenue earner and many people who work at the various beaches have been out of a job for several months,” George said. Many other bar and restaurant owners in Tobago...

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As Tobago hotel closes, George says clear vaccination policy needed

As Tobago’s economy continues to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Martin George, Chairman of the Tobago Business Chamber, believes that Government should look to vaccination as the key to recovery. In fact, he’s of the view a stronger approach, one rooted in legislation, is necessary to help the economy rebound and return to Tobago to some semblance of normalcy. George was commenting on the temporary closure of award-winning Tobago resort Coco Reef Resort and Spa, which today announced that it couldn’t continue to operate amidst continued uncertainty. Owner John Jefferis said the resort’s reopening will be announced in due course, when...

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Tobago Chamber: Gov’t must consider mandatory COVID-19 vaccination

The time has come for Government to consider going the route of mandatory vaccination to continue easing restrictions to allow closed business sectors to reopen. This, from Chairman of the Tobago Business Chamber Martin George who said the quickest way for the country to get back to a state of normalcy is to “legislate to vaccinate” against COVID-19. George, in a video message, said T&T’s COVID-19 vaccination rate remains too low and will present the risk of new waves of infection if other sectors are reopened. He said the move to reopen the retail sector next Monday is a positive step, but the...

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