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Monday, May 25, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
for 22ND MAY, 2015
Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar was in full elec-
tions mode yesterday as she
declared: "No retreat, no sur-
She told thousands of sup-
porters gathered at Constantine
Park, Macoya, for the People s
Partnership anniversary rally that
she is ready to do battle. She also
used the event, which was
broadcast live on three local tel-
evision channels, to join hands
with the leaders of the other par-
ties in the ruling coalition and
renew the pledge they made five
This time, however, Persad-
Bissessar acknowledged the times
her government faltered and
declared that her government
would grow from such experi-
In a wide ranging fifth
anniversary address, the Prime
Minister recalled the times the
opposition and citizens at large
said her coalition government
"We have proven them wrong.
We will wipe the opposition off
the map of T&T and we will be
a partnership that will take you
forward into the future of T&T,"
"We made a promise. Always
remember, no retreat, no sur-
render. We will be like soldiers
in the winter night. Blood broth-
ers and sisters in the stormy night
ready to defend.
"We are ready to do battle, to
keep great the country on the
path of success, progress and
equality. Do not be deterred by
all the negative forces and mali-
cious reports coming from the
other side. They are desperate
because they cannot contest our
announced several projects the
PP will undertake if given that
second term in office.
"The highways from San Fer-
nando to Mayaro. This will begin
now and will continue until
completion. The access on the
ocean front to Chaguaramas.
We will establish dry docking
facilities in La Brea which will
bring us thousands of sustain-
able jobs in a traditionally
depressed area. A national trans-
port and traffic strategy, a med-
ical tourism hospital.
"Development on a sequential
basis of the seven economic
zones. Those will be rationalised
for agro-processing, commercial
services, manufacturing, light
manufacturing, petro chemicals
and high tech manufacturing.
These will bring good quality
sustainable jobs," she said.
"The San Fernando Water
Front Development Project, on
which the full study has been
done, consultations has been
held and this project is ready to
go. We have already put a com-
mittee in place headed by busi-
nesswoman Daphne Bartlett. We
have not forgotten Tobago.
Development of a marina and
designation of a duty free port,"
announced plans for a port in
Port-of-Spain that will link with
other development initiatives,
including the Invaders Bay devel-
opment and the development of
the Chaguaramas Peninsula.
"Port-of-Spain will be
renewed as a port city with
extended waterfront, leisure,
entertainment, business and res-
idential areas. Those will bring
more jobs and more revenue to
T&T," she said.
Another highlight of the rally
was the launch of the PP Gov-
ernment s campaign Web site.
What we will do in our next
term we will lay out for you in
our manifesto, our commitment,
shortly and these are just some
of the highlights. I ask you to
make sure to check our campaign
Web site launched today,
kamla2015.tt." she said.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar yesterday displayed on a
screen at yesterday s People s Part-
nership anniversary rally, photos of
the first of 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels
(OPV) that have just arrived in T&T.
She said that under the PNM regime
the OPVs were estimated to cost
US$135 million, but her administration
was able to purchase the vessels for
$35 million, "which is US$100 million
"These vessels will lockdown all
maritime borders, so we can fight the
drug trafficking, the human trafficking
and the trafficking of guns and ammu-
nition," she said.
"By next month, more will come in.
So today I rededicate and recommit
that we must join hands and together
we will fight the criminals. There will
be zero tolerance for crime. We will
lockdown the criminals and take back
safety and security in T&T."
Offshore Patrol Vessels arrive in T&T
PM tells supporters:
PP will wipe
PNM off the map
A supporter displays a placard calling for the legalisation of marijuana at the People's
Partnership's anniversary celebrations at Constantine Park, Macoya, yesterday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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