Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 31st 2015 Contents President Anthony Carmona is calling for austerity
among citizens to assist in the country s recovery
from the current economic downturn caused by low
In his Independence Day message, Carmona said:
"It starts with being environmentally conscious
of the carbon footprint we leave on this planet
every time we indulge in excess; with being
financially, socially and economically responsible
to each other and our country; with contribut-
ing in a meaningful and honest way to the
economic workforce of Trinidad and Toba-
go---an honest day s work for an honest
day s pay; and by being our brother s
"Our post-Colonial period has endeared
to itself a philosophy of materialism with
little regard to development of the inner man and
woman. Money must not rule this town of ours but
rather character, integrity and decency," he added.
Carmona also called on citizens to restore the val-
ues of the nation s forefathers who fought for inde-
pendence more than 50 years ago.
"It will do us all some good, even as we become
an increasingly modernised nation, to pay homage
to the values of our forefathers and return to the
era of good manners, duty and common good. It is
a time of celebration, a time to recognise the benefits
of the struggles of our forefathers and the positives
that we presently enjoy," he said.
The President also urged citizens to ensure they
are properly informed of national issues and to refrain
from being misled by the "terrorism of gossip."
"We must not become a society in adult distress
and we must neither encourage nor create an envi-
ronment of deliberate exaggeration, misinformation
and untruths in our daily lives. We are one. Regret-
tably, what is politically correct is often the greatest
impediment to national progress," he said.
While he acknowledged that today is a day of cel-
ebration, Carmona called on citizens to remember
the plight of citizens of Dominica, whose country
was this week ravaged by Tropical Storm Erika.
"The frivolity and happiness that we feel and
experience on this wonderful day, must however
give way to sober reflection how as a member of
the Caribbean community we can help Dominica
and each other. We must therefore come to their
aid in a meaningful way because as an independent
and interdependent nation, we must always be
involved in the business of humanity," Carmona said
as he wished citizens a blessed and safe holiday.
Pope Francis is among several world
leaders to send greetings on this coun-
try s 53rd Anniversary of Independence.
In a press release yesterday, the Office
of the President said the head of the
Roman Catholic church sent a personal
message to President Anthony Carmona, who met
him during a visit to the Vatican two years ago.
"On the happy occasion of your country s Inde-
pendence Day, I send warm greetings to Your Excel-
lency and your fellow citizens. In commending
Trinidad and Tobago to the merciful love of
Almighty God, I pray that all may continue to work
together for a peaceful society based on solidarity
and justice," Pope Francis said.
Cuban President Raul Castro said: "On the occa-
sion of the 53rd Anniversary of Independence of
the Republic of T&T, I cordially congratulate you.
I renew to you the assurances of my highest con-
King Phillippe of Belgium was also among the
wellwishers and said: "The celebration of the
National Day of the Republic of T&T offers me
the opportunity to express to Your Excellency my
congratulations, as well as my wishes of good
health and happiness to President Carmona and
the citizens of T&T."
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said: "I
express my congratulations to you on the occasion
of the National Day of the Republic of T&T. I reit-
erate the firm commitment of my Government to
continue strengthening purposeful dialogue and
understanding between our countries.
"On conveying my hopes for prosperity for Trin-
bagonian people, I renew to you the assurances of
my distinguished consideration," Nieto said.
Portugal also sent greetings saying: "I would like
to convey to Your Excellency my congratulations
and sincere wishes for your personal and well being
and for the progress and prosperity of the people
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