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Leveraging the talent that exists in the services
sector is one sure way for this country to realise
sustained growth in the non-energy sector says Dr
Professions such as accounting, energy services
and legal were just some of the varied disciplines
which this country could compete in, he said. Nation-
als possessing their skill sets were already plying their
trades regionally and internationally, he added.
Speaking at the Employers Consultative Association
Champion Employer Awards and Gala Dinner held
at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dock Road, Port-of-
Spain, on Thursday, he made it clear this was T&T s
best bet, since the twin-island Republic could not
rival China in manufacturing.
He pointed to the growth of online shopping as
another dimension to the challenge that could confront
this country in that sector.
Farrell, however, did not rule out T&T s exploration
niche manufacturing opportunities that would allow
this country to compete on a basis of unique raw
material or unique designs, where intellectual property
could be effectively protected.
But, even this model, he said, had to be innovative
and constantly so, to succeed.
The economist said he never supported efforts by
numerous administrations which chose to draft indus-
United National Congress (UNC)
activist Jitnarine Hardeen has opted
not to file his nomination papers
for the Caroni East seat after he was
implicated by ILP leader Jack Warn-
er in tape recordings.
Hardeen had expressed a keen
interest in submitting nomination
papers for the seat before the June
26 deadline, but withdrew after
Warner on Tuesday played tapes in
which Hardeen, the former driver of
fired minister of the people Dr Glenn
Ramadharsingh, was identified as the
voice discussing allegations of cor-
ruption against the former minister.
The deadline for nominees to file
their papers was Friday. Hardeen, also
called Bal, is vice president of the
party group of Madras Extension
Road, Chin Chin, Cunupia (party
group number one 1). Dr Tim
Gopeesingh is MP for Caroni East, a
UNC stronghold seat which he won
Hardeen, a Special Reserve Police
officer, who has denied that the voice
on the tapes is his, has since issued
a legal letter to Warner threatening
action. In countering Warner s damn-
ing recording of telephone conver-
sations, Hardeen alleged that Warner
had offered him $250,000 to agree
that the voice recorded was his.
On one of the recordings played
by Warner, the voice claims to have
collected as much as $3 million as
kickbacks for contracts awarded
through Ramadharsingh s former
Hardeen also denied in a three-
page letter through his attorney Den-
nis Rampersad that he received $3
million from anyone.
He also denied any knowledge of
a relationship between Kristyan
Gokool and Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar, as alleged on the
recordings played by Warner.
Last month, Food Production Min-
ister Devant Maharaj told the media
he wanted to submit his nomination
form as a prospective candidate for
the Caroni East seat, but had a change
Instead, Maharaj filed for Caroni
Central, which was captured by
Ramadharsingh in 2010.
After Warner expose...
Hardeen backs down from
Caroni East nomination
human resource at
Republic Bank Ltd
with economist Dr
Terrence Farrell at
and Gala Dinner
held at the Hyatt
PHOTO: SEAN NERO
A shoe from of one of the
competitors in a Men in Heels 3
race flies off his foot during one
of the races in the Hott 93.5
and T&T Cancer Society event
at Queen's Park Savannah,
Port-of-Spain, on Friday
evening. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
trial policies in which it selected industries believed to be
able to generate new engines of wealth creation.
"Services, I think, are our best bet. Our citizens have
to be employed in decent jobs which pay good salaries.
Neither niche manufacturing nor an integrated chemicals
sector will absorb sufficient of our underemployed workers.
"The industries in which we can compete on location
and history are: tourism and the national environment
specifically our unique plant and animal life. Because our
history has been so traumatic, there is a tendency to be
'Leverage talent in services sector'
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