Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 10th 2015 Contents GAIL ALEXANDER
A Saudi Arabian team which leaves
T&T today after exploring local business
potential has visited Tobago and will be
dealing further with Tobago House of
Assembly (THA) chief secretary Orville
London on matters of interest to them
London said the group had indicated
projects of interest to them in Tobago and
both sides will have further contact on
this. Group spokesman Shazaad
Mohammed, vice president of the T&T
Saudi Arabia Chamber of Commerce
(TTSACC) which brought the team to
T&T, said yesterday the group is partic-
ularly interested in beach front hotel
investment in both Trinidad and Toba-
go.Mohammed said it was incorrectly stat-
ed in last Sunday s Guardian that the
group visited the Chaguaramas Conven-
tion Centre since they did not go there.
He said they went to the Chaguaramas
Golf Course and other places in T&T,
"but not the Convention Centre,"
Mohammed said. He said the group wasn t
interested in the Convention Centre, but
in beach front hotel development and
The team, which spotted T&T on the
Trade Ministry s "InvesT&T" Internet
link, said they partnered with the ministry
on the visit. He said they selected T&T
out of countries in the region due to its
stability and since it was an oil producing
state like Saudi Arabia. They are interested
in forging ties on higher education, the
petrochemical sector and government
sectors. They were brought to T&T by
the newly-formed group TTSACC, headed
by T&T national Umar Khan and
Mohammed, who is based in Canada and
Saudi Arabia, but has T&T roots, he said.
He said he also carries the title Ambas-
sador for Peace.
Mohammed said the group was on a
"friendly cultural and tourism exploration
visit" to get a feel of things here and the
Head of the team was General Kheder
Alzahrani, who is special adviser with the
ministry of interior affairs, as well as spe-
cial adviser with the ministry of Foreign
Affairs for the kingdom of Saudi Arabia
and a member of the Caribbean Dawah
He said they met the Housing Minister
(Roodal Moonilal), Legal Affairs (Prakash
Ramadhar), Science and Technology (Fazal
Karim) and met acting Foreign Affairs
Ministers (Bhoe Tewarie), the Public Util-
ities (Nizam Baksh) and Works Minster
(Suruj Rambachan) yesterday. They also
met the head of UWI Prof Dr Clement
Sankat and held discussions on possible
collaboration there and at the UTT.
Mohammed said the most important
issues in any future venture was the estab-
lishment of direct air links between T&T
and Saudi Arabia since there are none and
strengthening diplomatic links since they
said the T&T mission which handles Saudi
Arabia is in Uganda.
Mohammed said there has been no
commitment from Government on any
ventures at this time, but another dele-
gation will visit T&T next month.
From what the group had seen, and on
what it might be particularly interested
in, Khan said the group is indeed interested
in various aspects but a brief will have to
be done on their visit and translated from
English to Arabic and examined in Saudia
Arabia before they can say exactly what
they re eyeing.
The team went to Tobago last Saturday
to examine the island s tourism potential
and visited various sites including the
reefs with glass bottomed boats.
Mohammed said they felt the island
needed more tourism infrastructure
including airport development and air
links to Saudia Arabia. But they agreed
Tobago is a good tourism destination.
They will be contacting London again
after obtaining an initial phone call with
London said yesterday: "I ve spoken to
their T&T officer Mr Khan who contacted
me and we ve exchanged information.
They ve shown interest in particular proj-
ects for Tobago. I was trying to get to
Trinidad for a meeting with them Monday
(yesterday) but couldn t."
London said the group had given details
of and identified what they were interested
in Tobago and he had also given them
additional information but nothing had
been decided yet.
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JENSEN LA VENDE
It was déjà vu for Charmaine Blackman after her second
son named Michael Brown was killed in the east Port-of-
Spain area by gunmen.
Speaking with the media at the Forensic Science Centre
St James yesterday, Blackman recalled how eight years ago
her son was taken from his Carenage home and carried to
Laventille where he was killed.
No one was ever held for that killing and on Sunday night
she was again telephoned and told her son had been killed.
Blackman said she did not want a return of the Mosaic
principle of an eye for an eye but believed her prayers will
bring her justice.
According to police, 33-year-old Michael George Brown
was at the corner of Prince and Duncan Streets, Port-of-
Spain around 9.30 pm on Sunday when he was approached
by a group of men.
Police said the men shot at Blackman who ran, collapsed
on George Street and was shot multiple times as he
remained on the ground. He died on the spot. His 13-year-old
son was spared after he ran to South Quay and hoped in a
taxi heading to Carenage where his grandmother lives.
"It have a God and the person who kill my child is
someone child, someone brother and someone sister and
the pain I feeling now they will feel the same pain through
some kind of something. If I had my way I would go through
Moses law but my prayers will comfort me" Blackman said.
She said her grandchild was now an orphan having lost
both parents at a tender age. Blackman said about seven
years ago her son was released from prison and had
changed his life around.
Blackman said her son, who was also called "Gambino"
while "in the life" loved his girlfriend Sade Williams and
would do anything for her and his mother. The two she said
had planned on getting married soon.
The killing of Blackman have taken the murder toll to 66
for the year while the murder toll for the same period last
year was 90. Officers from the Region 1 Homicide Bureau
are continuing investigations.
Members of the Saudi Arabian team and the T&T
Saudi Arabia Chamber of Commerce (TTSACC)
visit the National Academy for the Performing
Arts in Port-of-Spain. PHOTO COURTESY TTSACC
Visiting Saudis hold
project talks with THA Murder toll now 66
the body of
...as man gunned down in PoS
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