The Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago

The Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago The Office of the Prime Minister provides professional and other support to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet and is responsible for co-ordinating the implementation of decisions taken by the Prime Minister and the Cabinet in order to ensure and promote the effective and efficient conduct of business of the Government.

The Secretariats/Divisions/Units that comprise the Office of the Prime Minister are as follows: Secretariats 1) Cabinet Secretariat 2) National Security Council Secretariat 3) National Awards Committee Secretariat 4) Sport and Culture Fund Board of Management 5) Commissions of Enquiry 6) National Economic Council Divisions/Units 1) Corporate Services Division 2) Public Information and Communications Unit 3) International Relations and Protocol Unit 4) Policy Strategy and Government Performance Management Unit 5) National Operations Centre (NOC) 6) Regional Security Coordination Centre 7) Internal Audit 8) Office of the Prime Minister Security Unit

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18/11/2020

Ministry of Health Media Conference - Wednesday 18th November, 2020

16/11/2020
Revitalising the City of Port of Spain

Urban development is critical to the landscape of a country.

Through the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDECOTT), the Government is undertaking the task of revitalising one of the most popular urban spaces in the country - the capital city of Port of Spain.

By way of public/private partnerships, plans to revitalise the city include addressing existing issues such as crime, traffic and flooding, while introducing new concepts as well as the expansion of green spaces within the city.

This redevelopment strategy allows for Port of Spain to continue to be one of the leading cities in the region, promoting economic stability, cultural preservation and national development.

16/11/2020
The Revitalisation of Port of Spain

"The city of Port of Spain is the capital of our nation, potentially vibrant and full of economic opportunities in a bright future if we do what needs to be done to give it life and protection from decay and neglect, replacing these negatives with sensible visionary plans, investments and care."

This according to Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley who delivered the feature address at today's Spotlight on Urban Development with an emphasis on The Revitalisation of Port of Spain.

The Government has identified The Revitalisation of the City of Port of Spain Project as one of the key projects which w...
16/11/2020

The Government has identified The Revitalisation of the City of Port of Spain Project as one of the key projects which will stimulate integrated national growth.

During his feature address at the Spotlight on Urban Development today (Monday 16 November, 2020), Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley said a master plan for the development of the city has been established to advance the image of Port of Spain as a 21st-century city, to improve local economic viability and to provide a quality environment for residents, local visitors and international tourists.

The Master Plan for the Revitalisation of Port of Spain will identify public and private sector investment projects that focus on promoting, residential, tourism, entertainment, recreational, commercial, educational and cultural activities.

In addition, focus will be placed on the necessary infrastructure, transportation networks and other services which are desirable to ensure success of the Revitalization of Port of Spain.

The objective of today’s Spotlight on Urban Development is to engage active dialogue with all major stakeholders, which include Government Departments, Merchants/ Business leaders, Business Chambers, Academia, NGOs and most importantly, the resident and visitor population, to solicit feedback on the Master Plan for the city of Port of Spain.

The master plan identified the following catalyst projects to be implemented via Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) for the revitalisation efforts:

(i) Memorial Plaza Development:

Development of the UDeCOTT-owned property located at Keate Street and south of Memorial Block to house a Mixed-Use Complex inclusive of residential, commercial, office, parking and recreational spaces

(ii) Development of the Salvatori Site

(iii) Piccadilly Street Development

This project is before the Cabinet for approval for UDeCOTT to proceed with an RFP and determination of the funding source

(iv) PowerGen Site Development

Development of the stated-owned, former site of the Power Generation Company located at Wrightson Road

(v) City Gate Development

A concept is to be developed for the revitalization of City Gate

(vi) Foreshore Green space

This project would include the expansion of green areas involving land reclamation at the Foreshore at Mucurapo.

The Prime Minister during his address said the city remains potentially vibrant and full of economic opportunities if we do what needs to be done to give it life and protection from decay and neglect. He said today’s exercise is a commitment to stimulate and save our capital city.

Read the Prime Minister's full speech here : https://bit.ly/2UyzZKM

Divali 2020 Greetings from Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith RowleyFellow citizens,I am pleased, as Prime Minister, to bri...
13/11/2020

Divali 2020 Greetings from Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley

Fellow citizens,

I am pleased, as Prime Minister, to bring greetings to the Hindu community on behalf of the Government, and the people of all other faiths, within the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, on this special occasion of Divali.

I must add also that my own family extends its warmest greetings.

Every year, Divali celebrations, with its festival of lights, signal to us all the need for a deep, internal renewal of the Spirit and a new beginning.

It calls upon all of us to pause, and in a fundamental way, regardless of our beliefs, to transcend beyond the frenzied pace of our lives, to introspect and reflect upon whatever darkness, or those lower-nature anxieties, fears, hatred, anger and ignorance that may lurk within us. In some way, we may recognise our dying moral sense, our loss of respect for life, for humanity and God-consciousness.

It can take us back to the path in which we search for deeper spiritual awareness and renewal which is fundamental to life’s journey. It can tell us, too, that the search may lead us to sense the presence of God, and the inner light, which resides within us all, and its power to radiate outwardly through our positive thoughts, deeds and actions.

The members of the Hindu community see this time as an expression of the inner certainty of their faith in which they try to reach their higher selves, which is expressed also in the form of sharing of food and sweets with their families, friends and the needy.

In an earlier period, this festival was celebrated exclusively among the Hindu community. Today, it is a proud expression of our society that this festival of lights has been embraced as a national celebration.

Across the country, people of different religious traditions and ethnicities have been lighting their homes as part of this celebration, displaying, at best, our religious tolerance for each other, and the strength and beauty that is in the diversity of our people and our country.

This year the COVID-19 global pandemic has created a fundamental difference, instilling the practice of physical distancing as the norm among us.

However, we are a creative people. Our celebrations will not disappear; our nation has had challenges before, and we will continue to confront obstacles responsibly along the way, but the inner light that we possess as a people will always allow us to overcome them.

Let us all, in this very unusual and unprecedented period, celebrate the spirit of Divali, yet observing all the health protocols that are in force, such as the wearing of masks, in limited gatherings.

Let us continue, as a nation, to treat this day of joy, unity, harmony, and festivity as sacred, obeying the Public Health regulations, in the hope that Trinidad and Tobago will eventually overcome the COVID-19 challenge.

Let us all come together to illuminate in oneness of mind and shine our inner lights collectively into the darkest recesses of our nation.

We each have a light. Let us all ensure that this personal glow of our inner light helps us to create a brighter and better Trinidad and Tobago.

HAPPY DIVALI!

NO Post-Cabinet Media BriefingPlease be advised that there will be NO Post-Cabinet Media Briefing following today’s (Thu...
12/11/2020

NO Post-Cabinet Media Briefing

Please be advised that there will be NO Post-Cabinet Media Briefing following today’s (Thursday 12th November, 2020) Cabinet meeting.

11/11/2020
PM: Kamla Behaviour Reckless

Listen as Prime Minister Dr the Hon. Keith Rowley responds to Opposition Leader the Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar's recent statements regarding the sale of the Petrotrin refinery.

Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley has condemned the Opposition Leader’s misleading claims regarding the State’s neg...
11/11/2020

Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley has condemned the Opposition Leader’s misleading claims regarding the State’s negotiations with Patriotic for the sale of the Petrotrin refinery.

Speaking at a media conference at the Diplomatic Centre today (Wednesday 11 November, 2020) Dr Rowley said Persad-Bissessar’s behaviour could derail the deal and disadvantage all the citizens who stand to benefit from the restart of the refinery.

The Prime Minister said the Government’s intention to sell the refinery was no secret.

Dr Rowley said, “Anybody who was paying attention to the business of Government in Trinidad and Tobago for the last four years will know that this is no disclosure." He added, “I as Prime Minister and other members of the Government, every step of the way, have told the public what we were doing and why we were doing it.”

The Opposition leader on Monday night put this project in jeopardy because people who Patriotic rely on to go forward in dealing and in committing itself to the Government - banker and fuel supplier - are now the target of political attack in Trinidad and Tobago.”

The Prime Minister said, “A higher level of responsibility is to be expected from a former Prime Minister, not to go on a platform and seek to undermine the process for your own personal benefit … putting at risk all the work that we have done.”

Dr Rowley said he remains hopeful that the deal with Patriotic could be finalized by the given deadline.

11/11/2020

Ministry of Health Media Conference - Wednesday 11th November, 2020.

Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley will host a media conference at 1:00pm tomorrow (Wednesday 11 November, 2020) at ...
11/11/2020

Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley will host a media conference at 1:00pm tomorrow (Wednesday 11 November, 2020) at the Diplomatic Centre, St Anns.

Minister of Energy and Energy Industries the Hon Franklin Khan and Minister of Finance, the Hon Colm Imbert will be in attendance.

Please note that coverage will be carried live on TTT.

08/11/2020
National Day of Remembrance 2020

Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley, along with Her Excellency Paula Mae Weekes, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the Minister of National Security, the Hon Stuart Young, participated in the National Day of Remembrance Ceremony 2020 earlier today.

Here are the highlights.

Earlier today (Sunday 8th November, 2020), Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley joined President of the Republic of Tr...
08/11/2020

Earlier today (Sunday 8th November, 2020), Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley joined President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes (ORTT), and Minister of National Security, the Hon Stuart Young at the National Day of Remembrance 2020 ceremony.

The event, which usually includes a parade by the various detachments of the Defence Force and protective services, was limited to the wreath-laying ceremony this year due to the current COVID-19 restrictions.

Held annually at the National Memorial Park in Port of Spain, the ceremony is meant to honour the members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty during World Wars I&II.

Also in attendance were the Hon Chief Justice Ivor Archie, Chief of Defence Staff of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, Air Commodore Darryl Daniel, the Dean of the Consular Corps and the President of the Trinidad and Tobago Legion of Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League, who all laid wreaths at the Cenotaph.

Earlier today (Sunday 8th November, 2020), Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley joined President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes (ORTT), and Minister of National Security, the Hon Stuart Young at the National Day of Remembrance 2020 ceremony.

The event, which usually includes a parade by the various detachments of the Defence Force and protective services, was limited to the wreath-laying ceremony this year due to the current COVID-19 restrictions.

Held annually at the National Memorial Park in Port of Spain, the ceremony is meant to honour the members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty during World Wars I&II.

Also in attendance were the Hon Chief Justice Ivor Archie, Chief of Defence Staff of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, Air Commodore Darryl Daniel, the Dean of the Consular Corps and the President of the Trinidad and Tobago Legion of Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League, who all laid wreaths at the Cenotaph.

07/11/2020
UPDATE: Exemption Process

These are the updates regarding the return of nationals:

Exemptions are still required to enter T&T;

Non-nationals still not permitted;

From 15th Nov negative PCR test 72 hours before entering required;
On entry will be required to quarantine in either state quarantine or state-supervised quarantine. Will be tested on 6th day and once it is negative you can go home;

State supervised quarantine will be at - KAPOK, Chancellor, Cascadia and Regent Star.

Priority remains getting nationals back who were stuck outside;
Persons seeking to return for Christmas will be required to pay for state supervised quarantine and exemptions will depend on numbers of persons in queue.

Persons seeking to return for Christmas which will depend on limited space should also indicate how many family members and how many rooms at state supervised quarantine ie paid for authorized hotel.

Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley, on behalf of the Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago, extends warmest w...
07/11/2020

Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley, on behalf of the Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago, extends warmest welcome and congratulations to United States President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Given the close familial ties of both our countries and our joint economic and security connections, we look forward to the strengthening of those bonds in the months and years ahead.

We, as Caribbean people filled with pride, extend a special accolade to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as we acknowledge her Caribbean roots and wish both office holders a very successful term, not only for the American citizens but for all the people of the world.

Restaurants are now allowed to facilitate in-house dining at a 50 percent capacity with seating in groups of no more tha...
07/11/2020

Restaurants are now allowed to facilitate in-house dining at a 50 percent capacity with seating in groups of no more than 10. No alcohol allowed.

Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley made the announcement during a media conference held at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s today (Saturday 07th November, 2020).

Dr Rowley also announced the following:

- Food at Cinemas allowed. Cinemas to operate at 50 percent capacity.

- Services at Places of Worship extended to 90 minutes.

- Caribbean Airlines to increase flights to Tobago.

- Sporting teams engaged in national and international competitions can now resume full activity.

Minister of National Security, the Hon Stuart Young announced that from November 15th, 2020, nationals entering Trinidad and Tobago will be required to provide a negative PCR test 72 hours before arrival. Please note nationals are still required to apply for an exemption.

On arrival, nationals will be placed in State or State supervised quarantine for seven days. They will be tested on the sixth day and released once this test is negative.

07/11/2020
No groups larger than 10.
07/11/2020

No groups larger than 10.

07/11/2020

Prime Minister's Media Conference - Saturday 7th November 2020.

Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley will host a media conference at 2:00pm tomorrow (Saturday 07th November, 2020) at...
06/11/2020

Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley will host a media conference at 2:00pm tomorrow (Saturday 07th November, 2020) at the Diplomatic Centre, St Anns.

Coverage will be carried live on TTT.

Please be advised that there will be NO Post-Cabinet Media Briefing following today’s (Thursday 05th November, 2020) Cab...
05/11/2020

Please be advised that there will be NO Post-Cabinet Media Briefing following today’s (Thursday 05th November, 2020) Cabinet meeting.

Update on Petrotrin Refinery
02/11/2020

Update on Petrotrin Refinery

02/11/2020

Ministry of Health Media Conference - Monday 2nd November 2020.

Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley and Tobago House of Assembly, Chief Secretary the Hon. Ancil Dennis visited a num...
29/10/2020

Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley and Tobago House of Assembly, Chief Secretary the Hon. Ancil Dennis visited a number of farms in Tobago today (Thursday 29 October, 2020).

Dr Rowley said he was particularly pleased to meet young people among the farmers. He said if they are supported and encouraged agriculture has quite a future in Tobago.

Dr Rowley also said that Tobago is fortunate in that it has some of the best soils, noting that the Tobago farmer can support not just the population in Tobago, but can make a considerable contribution to the 1.2 million in Trinidad.

It is expected that some of the Tobago farmers will benefit from the provisions made in the budget and that this assistance will result in increased food production.

Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley and Tobago House of Assembly, Chief Secretary the Hon. Ancil Dennis visited a number of farms in Tobago today (Thursday 29 October, 2020).

Dr Rowley said he was particularly pleased to meet young people among the farmers. He said if they are supported and encouraged agriculture has quite a future in Tobago.

Dr Rowley also said that Tobago is fortunate in that it has some of the best soils, noting that the Tobago farmer can support not just the population in Tobago, but can make a considerable contribution to the 1.2 million in Trinidad.

It is expected that some of the Tobago farmers will benefit from the provisions made in the budget and that this assistance will result in increased food production.

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Follow us on other social media platforms! Twitter: OPM_TT https://twitter.com/OPM_TT Instagram: OPM_TT https://www.instagram.com/opm_tt/ YouTube: Office of the Prime Minister Trinidad and Tobago https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo_F2Z6AkFnEadn_Ejwl3rw Biography: Dr Keith Christopher Rowley was born on October 24th 1949 in Mason Hall, Tobago, and was raised by his grandparents, who were prominent Tobago farmers. Dr Rowley completed his secondary schooling at Bishop's High School, (BHS) Tobago and his sterling academic performance saw him capture the prestigious Sylvan Bowles Scholarship at BHS. He then commenced his studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, from where he graduated with a BSc. Geology (First Class Honours), Geography (First Class Honours); MSc in Volcanic Stratigraphy, UWI, St. Augustine. He is a Volcanologist who obtained his Doctorate in Geology, specialising in Geochemistry. He is a known nature lover, who enjoys gardening, hiking and is an avid golfer. As a Research Scientist he held the positions of Research Fellow and later Head of the Seismic Research Unit at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. He was also the General Manager of State-owned National Quarries Company Limited. He first ran for political office in 1981, where he contested the Tobago West seat. To date Keith Rowley has the distinction of being the only Peoples National Movement (PNM) candidate to have contested a seat in a General Election in both Tobago and Trinidad. Dr Keith Christopher Rowley is the Member of the House of Representatives for Diego Martin West in the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago, where he has represented that constituency since 1991 having been re-elected in 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2010. Dr Rowley first served in Parliament as an Opposition Senator from 1987-1990. He later served at Cabinet level holding, at various times, the portfolios: Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Marine Resources, Minister of Planning and Development, Minister of Housing Minister of Trade and Industry. Governor of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). Trinidad and Tobago’s representative Governor of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Following the People's National Movement (PNM)'s defeat in the Trinidad and Tobago General Election, 2010, Dr Rowley was appointed Leader of the Opposition of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and was elected Political Leader of the People’s National Movement in 2010. On September 7th 2015 Dr Rowley led the People’s National Movement to general election victory, to become the 7th prime minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Dr Rowley is married to attorney -at- law Sharon Rowley, they have two daughters Tonya (attorney-at-law) and Sonel (post graduate student) both of whom won national scholarships. Biography: Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister- The Honorable Stuart R Young, MP Stuart Richard Young has been a practicing attorney for the past 18 years and has been admitted to the bar in Trinidad & Tobago, England and Wales, the Commonwealth of Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda. On September 11th, 2015 he was appointed as a Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs and on March 17th, 2016 his portfolio was expanded with his further appointment as a Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister. He was appointed to the PNM’s team in the Senate as a temporary Opposition Senator in March 2014 and currently serves as the PNM’s MP for the Port of Spain North/ St. Ann’s West constituency after the September 2015 General Election. A graduate of the University of Nottingham, Young has acquired a wealth of experience practicing as Counsel in civil law matters, including in the areas of commercial litigation, banking, insurance, industrial relations, public law and constitutional law, medical negligence and election petitions having dealt with many complex litigation matters and matters of public importance during his career. He has appeared as Counsel in Commissions of Enquiry, including, the Piarco Commission of Enquiry, the Commission of Enquiry into the Construction Sector and the Commission of Enquiry into the Hindu Credit Union and CLF. He is a member of the Honorable Society of Gray’s Inn in the United Kingdom. He has served as Member of the Council of the Law Association and as a Member of the Legislative Committee of AMCHAM. A graduate of St Mary’s College, Young is a sport enthusiast who has competed in triathlons, has a black belt in shotokan karate and has played many sports at competitive levels, including, swimming, rugby and cricket. ---

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