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AMBASSADOR EDGARDO RIVEROS,
VICE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
OF THE REPUBLIC OF CHILE
Today, I will head
the Chilean delegation
to the Third Round of
between Chile and Trin-
idad and Tobago. This
meeting is a reflection
of the deepening of ties
with all members of the
and, especially with
Trinidad and Tobago; a
priority objective for the
Government of Presi-
dent Michelle Bachelet.
Not only do we share a common geographic
space in the Americas, we also stand firmly behind
values such as democracy, rule of law, open econ-
omies, and the respect and promotion of human
rights, nationally, regionally and in the multilateral
arena. As members of the community of American
nations, we have a duty to co-operate and work
together, as well as an urgent need to deepen our
political, economic, trade and cultural ties.
This is why President Michelle Bachelet par-
ticipated as a special guest at the Meeting of the
Heads of State of Caricom in July 2016, where she
stated that "Chile is sure that progressive inte-
gration and co-operation projects, with countries
and regional bodies within our region, can make a
difference when we seek to achieve a prosperous
and inclusive future for our peoples."
During that visit, President Bachelet held bilat-
eral talks with many leaders, including the Prime
Minister of T&T, the Honourable Dr Keith Row-
ley, and also inaugurated our Embassy in Guyana.
All these are signs of our interest to contribute to
Caribbean integration through different co-op-
eration programmes and forge an ever closer rela-
tion with the region.
Prime Minister Rowley will visit Chile in May
this year; the first bilateral visit of a Prime Minis-
ter of T&T to our country. On this historical occa-
sion, we will define new areas for bilateral work,
as well as ways to promote an ever closer relation,
including in the trade area. Today, Chile is one of
the main consumers of natural gas produced in
T&T; last year we imported US$573 million. The
seeds for a greater and more productive integra-
tion are already in place.
In addition, we will focus on development
co-operation. Chile has been a longtime partner
for Trinidad and Tobago's development through
initiatives such as Spanish language training for
teachers, as well as courses, seminars and work-
shops focused on four main issues: social devel-
opment, agriculture and food security, natural
disaster prevention and institutional modernisa-
tion. This is in addition programmes throughout
the Caribbean region on climate change adapta-
tion, among others.
Lastly, Chile is multiplying its efforts to dis-
seminate our culture in Trinidad and Tobago and
to establish a constructive cultural dialogue. This
year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of
Violeta Parra, one of Chile's most important art-
ists. In commemoration, Trinidad and Tobago's
National Philharmonic Orchestra and a group
of Chilean artists, will meld Chilean voices and
Caribbean instruments to play some of her most
My visit to T&T will be in preparation of the
Prime Minister's visit in May, and will coincide
with the presentation of credentials by the Am-
bassador of Trinidad and Tobago in Chile to Pres-
ident Bachelet. It will be yet another step toward
a deeper bilateral relation and the integration of
in the world,
what you look
Gang leaders and rogue el-
ements have been extorting
money from Ministry of Works
and Transport contractors,
stalling several road projects
across the country.
Antoinette Lewis: This has
been so for a long time. It was al-
lowed to continue and now it has
reached where it has been head-
ing. Contractors are told to hire
"local labourers" when they go
into an area, WASA does it, Minis-
try of Works does it and eight out
of ten times you never see these
people but they get paid and most
who come just stand up on the job.
Theresa Lia: A deeply en-
trenched rogue element.
Victor Phillip: I was assaulted
twice on project sites. Thank God
for Patrick Manning and SWAT,
Brig Joseph, I was put in a safe
house and moved to a home out
of Morvant. We had five gangs
wanting money and the staff of
the state company knew all about
what was happening. State want-
ed us to employ the gang mem-
bers on Besson street. 2008 that
Madonna Brandon: The rel-
evant authorities have to stop
treating these issues with kid's
gloves! They are thugs and need to
be treated as such. There are laws
and they must be respected and
Rohan Goolcharan: Where
exactly are these road works tak-
ing place? I don't know if it's just
me but I don't see any happening.
Kenny Supersad: What's new?
That happening over 30 years.
Jayden Neils: All of them are to
blame, because government come
government go these gangleaders
benefit millions. Years upon years
this going on. I blaming all politi-
cians, none innocent.
Ross Unus: So people, we need
to fight back therefore the police
force needs to be cleansed of these
factions also, and then the crimi-
nals won't have the protection.
Ministry to instal
Tenders for four weigh sta-
tions (weighing bays) which
will be used to identify over-
weight trucks on the nation's
roads will soon go out by the
Ministry of Works and Trans-
Victor Phillip: Thank you,
Nila Mahase Maharaj: The
murder toll is 103... these trucks
need regulation but what about
Dawesh Maharaj: Tenders
should go out to get rid of the ex-
cess weight in Parliament.
Valerie Hosein: Something
should be done about trucks using
the roads in residential areas.
Devinesh Neeranjan: We
could have saved a few millions
by using the former Caroni (1975)
Ltd sugar factory weighing equip-
ment if we could locate them. This
should be investigated.
Maria Sammy: Can some
heavy duty, quality repair work be
done at the Tarouba intersection
where the fleets of huge trucks
pass daily, gouging big holes in the
road causing a build up of traffic
all day long. If quality road pav-
ing and repair works are done the
first time round instead of cheap,
sub-standard patching up, I'm
sure the millions the MOW talking
bout spending would definitely be
cut down---and drastically too.
repair own road
Fed up of the poor road con-
ditions along Paria Main Road,
five Matelot residents came to-
gether to undertake their own
road paving exercise.
Michael Jattan: Commenda-
ble yes, but unfortunate that the
state failed to act in such a dire
situation. The neglect of this area
precedes the present administra-
tion and is regretable.
Cheryl Trim: Excellent team-
Chaya Clarence: Omg! I could
just imagine what they have to go
Ato Lewis: Like we have to do
the same in Arno's vale Tobago
cause is five years I am waiting.
Tinker Belle: Good initiative.
Mobarack Mohammed: So
good, we hire ppl to do our work
and seek our interest---paying
them such high salaries and we
have to fix the road ourselves.
Andre John Mitchell: Where
as this is very much commenda-
ble, it is also not fair knowing that
millions of dollars are lost due to
the corrupt and incompetent peo-
ple we place in office to manage
the affairs of this country. Great
job, citizens of Matelot!
Members of the Shiv Kala Kendra of Barataria during Phagwa celebrations at Aranguez Savannah on Sunday.
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