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Comments on the 2014 Budget by the Honourable Gerald Hadeed, Minister of Communications
As a former businessman who has operated throughout the Caribbean, I consider it a privilege to be able to merge that perspective with my current
portfolio and to comment on certain criticisms that have been made on the Budget Statement 2014.
1. My concern about the responses to the Budget presented by Minister Howai is that most of the commentators and critics do not make the connection with
sustainable development. In other words, each budget so far has been a step towards sustainability instead of only short-term solutions.
2. We need to avoid condemning a plane because it has a battery problem. If Boeing and Airbus had done that they would have bankrupted their companies
and set back international aviation by many years.
3. So if there is a problem with how G is administered, we can fix that problem. We can put in the checks and balances necessary to make it more efficient.
4. Similarly, the idea of making
available to secondary school students is working- it has demonstrated that it can make a positive contribution to
education. Laptops are useful research tools. As has been said, and I support the statement, laptops must now be better integrated into the day-to-day work
that students do and are here to stay.
5. We tend to look at the exceptions rather than the rule. How many
were repaired during the vacation? How many opened on time and presented
the children with a much better environment and facilities than they had before? I am sure that the Minister of Education will deal with the details but all
of us know that in Trinidad and Tobago it is extremely difficult to get contractors to complete jobs on time regardless of how hard we try. We know that.
We know the factors that cause delays including weather. So why are we imposing a different standard on the Government than we impose on ourselves
or the private sector. All developers, all major companies, should tell me what percentage of their projects are or were delivered on time and within
budget. Why do we continue to hold the Government to different and more rigorous standards when we do not hold ourselves to the same standards?
6. I am amazed at the criticism on the Budget regarding
On the one hand we have people insisting on performance-based budgets and on the other condemning the allocation for Agriculture on the
basis it is the same as last year. It is over a billion dollars and is based on the work-programme of the Ministry. In any case, if there is a case for more expenditure in Agriculture I am sure the Minister will
review it and bring it to the Cabinet. The point is rather than criticize come with ideas. We would welcome ideas from the entire business sector including agriculturists. It is one thing to criticize and condemn
-- that is easy. Where it is difficult is to put ideas and projects on the table. In any case, we had more local produce available to consumers this year than previously and I want to join Minister Devant Maharaj
in complimenting the farmers and telling them that we are all here to help and welcome their suggestions for producing even more.
, it is true that we do not have the same attractions as the rest of the region or even Tobago. But we have our own attractions right here in Trinidad that are unique on which we can build.
If there is no rest room facilities on the way to Toco that is easy to solve. What is more difficult is finding our niche in the tourism industry and building on it. Again, we have to move from what I would call
the "outhouse" view to one that is broader and sees the entire industry. Outhouses can be fixed or installed but what we need to do is to visualize and conceptualize the larger ballpark before looking at whether
we have enough restrooms.
8. On the whole, as a former businessman, I join my colleagues in saying this second budget by Minister Howai takes us one step further along the road to sustainable development. While there might be some
course corrections needed as we go along, while we have to fix the battery so to speak, the SuperJumbo has taken off and will take us safely, securely and successfully forward.
9. So let me congratulate the Minister of Finance and the Economy and his team and urge my colleagues in the private sector to determine in what ways they can add value to this Budget and help to shift our
economy away from a total dependence on non-renewable resources.
Ministry of Communications
THESE ARE THE FACTS
Otago Volts completed their victori-
ous run in the Champions League T20
qualifiers with their third comprehensive
win, against Sunrisers Hyderabad, yes-
Both teams had already made the main
draw of the tournament. Otago s bowlers
first stifled the Sunrisers top order before
JP Duminy took them to 143, and then
their deep batting line-up was barely
stretched as they won with 22 balls to
The victory was set up by the McCul-
lum brothers: Nathan dismissed both
Sunrisers openers during an economical
spell with the new-ball and Brendon s
33-ball fifty spurred Otago to their 13th
consecutive T20 win, which brought
them joint second with Surrey, behind
Sialkot Stallions 25 successive victories.
Otago were given a brisk start by open-
ers Hamish Rutherford and Neil Broom,
who attacked Ishant Sharma in his first
over. Dale Steyn, however, kept it tight
from the other end and had Broom caught
behind for 16 in his second over.
Sunrisers introduction of spin in the
fourth over did not work, with Rutherford
taking Karn Sharma for consecutive fours.
Darren Sammy was introduced next and
Brendon McCullum pulled him for six
Rutherford s brisk innings was also
ended by Steyn, as he tried to pull down
the leg side and gloved to the keeper.
Amit Mishra gave Sunrisers hope when
he bowled the in-form Ryan ten
Doeschate with a googly, but No 5 Jimmy
Neesham eased the nerves by attacking
the two legspinners over midwicket,
bringing the required run rate under six.
Sunrisers were running out of bowling
options as Ishant, Karn Sharma and
Sammy were being carted around the
After surviving a stumping, Brendon
McCullum virtually ended the chase in
the 15th over, when he clobbered Ishant
for 22, reducing the equation to 8 from
30 balls. Both Brendon McCullum and
Neesham were later dismissed but an
Otago victory was a formality.
Though they were without frontline
quicks Ian Butler and James McMillan,
Otago had ended Sunrisers prolific batting
form in the tournament. Nathan McCul-
lum opened the bowling and stifled the
openers Parthiv and Shikhar Dhawan,
aiming for the stumps from round the
He trapped Dhawan twice in front of
the stumps in his first two overs but the
umpire turned both the appeals down.
He was rewarded later, bowling Parthiv
for 12 and getting Dhawan caught at mid-
on as the batsman tried to clear the in-
Biplab Samantray also survived two
appeals, off successive deliveries, when
Neil Wagner struck him in front of the
stumps. He soon holed out against
Michael Bracewell at long-on, where
Bracewell caught the ball, threw it up,
stepped over the boundary and back into
play to catch it again.
Sunrisers were 45 for 3 and JP Duminy
and Cameron White, who came in for
Thisara Perera, revived the innings with
a 40-run stand. Duminy found gaps reg-
ularly and rotated the strike with White,
who departed for 25 before Sammy gave
them another push with two sixes in the
Duminy made a 35-ball fifty, and
helped score 52 from the last five overs,
but Sunrisers needed a lot more to chal-
Earlier, the two eliminated teams pro-
duced similar performances in a dead
rubber that ultimately ended in a tame
finish in Mohali: poor top-order contri-
butions, shoddy catching, inconsistent
ground fielding, and one solid effort with
the bat. The primary reason Faisalabad
Wolves won, and Kandurata Maroons did
not, was that Misbah-ul-Haq batted the
distance for his team, while Kumar San-
gakkara could not.
The result ended the run of victories
for the chasing team at the PCA Stadium,
and ensured Faisalabad had something
to show for their trip to India, which had
seemed uncertain due to confusion over
visas. Kandurata Warriors, the hastily
formed Sri Lankan T20 champions, ended
their campaign with no wins from their
Otago cruises to third successive
Otago Volts 144 for 5 (B McCullum 67*, Steyn 2-13) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
143 for 5 (Duminy 57*, N McCullum 2-23). Otago won by 5 wickets.
Faisalabad Wolves 146 for 6 (Misbah 93*, Lokuhettige 3-21) vs Kandurata Maroons
136 for 7 (Sangakkara 44, Adil 3-26). Faisalabad won by 10 runs.
Otago's Brendon McCullum stormed to a 50 off 33 balls against
Sunrisers Hyderabad in yesterday's Champions League qualifiers
in Mohali. (PHOTO COURTESY ESPNCRICINFO)
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