Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi engaged in bilateral discussions during the first official day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) today, the Office of the Prime Minister said Thursday.
Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Dennis Moses was also present for the talks.
Prime Minister Modi indicated during the meeting that his Government was interested in partnering with Trinidad and Tobago in the areas of information communication technology (ICT), energy and pharmaceuticals.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley raised the issue of countries making inaccurate pronouncements on Trinidad and Tobago saying that this practice has an adverse effect on the nation’s ability to stimulate growth and development.
This is according to a statement by the Office of the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister was speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) Heads of Government Roundtable today when he made the comment.
The Prime Minister noted that Trinidad and Tobago pursues tourism as a viable industry for growth and development.
Opposition Member of Parliament, Rodney Charles is questioning the absence of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at a meeting between Caricom Heads and UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
The meeting was held in London on Tuesday.
Charles issued the following statement on Wednesday:
The Office of the Prime Minister says Trinidad and Tobago was represented at two high-level meetings in London, one of which involved UK Prime MInister Theresa May.
The confirmation came via a statement by the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday.
However, it did not state whether the prime minister himself was involved in the meeting with May.
The following is the statement by the OPM.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley led a delegation of energy experts to meet with Shell executives in London today, a statement by the Office of the Prime Minister said.
The Government’s delegation included: Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, Franklin Khan, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs, Stuart Young, Mark Loquan, President of National Gas Company, Leroy Mayers, Heidi Wong and Richard Jeremie, advisors in the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley left for London yesterday and is expected to meet with representatives of the UK diaspora who are eager to discuss Britain’s impending deportation of thousands of West Indians who have not been naturalised in the UK.
The West Indians, including T&T nationals, known as the Windrush generation, went to Britain on the Empire Windrush cruise ship in 1948 to rebuild the UK after World War II on Britain’s invitation.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is not saying what new information led to him dismissing Minister Darryl Smith.
Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal posed a question to the prime minister in today's sitting of the House of Representatives, on the reason for the PM's change in position.
However, the prime minister maintained that it was his prerogative and that he was not answerable to anyone for it.
This clip of Parliament was taken from The Parliament Channel.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says he remains deeply concerned about the "wanton violence" plaguing Trinidad and Tobago and strongly condemns the recent unlawful killing of teen farmer, Leon Bebe.
A statement by the Office of the Prime Minister says that from all accounts, Bebe, 19, was an ambitious and hardworking entrepreneur who fully immersed himself in the field of agriculture.
Opposition Member of Parliament Dr Roodal Moonilal says Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley was known for shoddy work and high costs when he was the Minister of Housing in a previous government.
Dr Moonilal was weighing in on Dr Rowley's reappointment as Minister of Housing on Monday.
The following is Dr Moonilal's statement:
"Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley's return to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development is a disturbing throwback to an earlier and troubling period when this vital portfolio fell under his watch.