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GET SERIOUS. GET
Planning and Sustainable Develop-
ment Minister Dr Bhoendradatt
Tewarie on Friday urged the private
sector to take advantage of investment
opportunities, failing which foreigners
will step in.
Using the example of Chinese busi-
ness people opening up restaurants and
groceries everywhere in the last five
years, he said, "We cannot blame any-
body. The private sector needs to be
on the ball and you got to take advan-
tage of the opportunities that are avail-
"If you do not invest in your own
country, looking outwards, people from
other countries will come here and
invest looking both outwards and
inwards and, therefore, you are going
to lose the space that you can easily
Tewarie was speaking at the first
national consultation on the SouthWest
Peninsula Growth Pole at Paria Suites
Hotel and Conference Centre, La
"In a small country, the State is espe-
cially important because it not only
plays the role of referee, but it is the
entity for pioneering economic effort."
Were it not for the State, he said,
there would be no Point Lisas Industrial
Estate or National Gas Company, nor
would there be major initiatives and
development in the country. "You could
not build a cadre of competence in
energy were it not for the State in col-
laboration with the private sector.
"But the State cannot be the dom-
inant economic player in the economy.
It can be a pioneering economic player."
He said the real investment must come
from the private sector.
"If you really want properity, you ve
got to unleash entrepreneurship. You ve
got to unleash business investment."
The SouthWest Peninsula Growth
Pole is one of the five growth poles,
said Bruce Mackenzie, a member of
the ministry s Economic Development
MacKenzie said the objective of the
consultation was to initiate the devel-
opment of an implementation plan for
the peninsula, which runs from San
Fernando to Icacos to Penal/Debe.
Planning Minister Dr
Bhoendradatt Tewarie, left,
chats with Assistant Director
Town and Country Planning
Division Marie Hinds,second
from right, following the
National Consultation on
Development of the South
West Peninsula Growth Pole
at Paria Suite, La Romaine,
yesterday . Looking on is
Bruce Mackenzie, second
from left, and Dr Rikhi
Permanand. PHOTO: RISHI
Minister Tewarie to private sector
Invest in T&T or foreigners will step in
Nutrimix joins PM's Eid/
Emancipation staple discounts
It seems the spirit of giving is
spreading as Nutrimix Flour Mills
on Friday announced temporary
20 per cent price reduction on its
premium grade and Country
Pride brands of flour in celebra-
tion of Eid-ul-Fitr and Emanci-
This came one day after Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar s
announcement a "gift to the
nation" of a temporary 20 per cent
reduction in prices of select brands
of flour, rice and oil.
Persad-Bissessar, addressing last
Thursday s post-Cabinet media
briefing, announced that effective
July 26 to August 1, there will be
a 20 per cent discount on Ibis
brand all purpose flour (2kg, 10kg);
Hibiscus brand all purpose flour
(2kg and 10kg), Lotus brand of all
purpose, whole wheat, bakers and
cake flour (2kg and 10kg), Good
N Natural brand of whole wheat
flour and Lotus brand soya bean
oil (all sizes -- 500ml, 900ml, 1.5
l, 3l, 5l and 17.25l).
Additionally, Lotus brand rice
(all sizes -- 1kg, 2kg, 4kg and 9kg),
Cuisine brand all purpose flour 2kg
and Club Select all purpose flour
10 kg have also been discounted.
This announcement followed
the Prime Minister s announce-
ment of discounted the prices of
flour, rice and soya bean oil before
Christmas 2013. Prior to that, she
announced Government s decision
to remove VAT from more than
7,000 items in 2012.
Yesterday Nutrimix vice presi-
dent Ronnie Mohammed, in a
media release, announced that the
effective last Friday until August
1, the prices of Nutrimix premium
grade and Country Pride 2kg and
10kg packages will be reduced.
Mohammed, in the release, said,
"We kindly ask all stakeholders
along supply chain that they pass
on this significant savings to cus-
He also extended Eid Mubarak
and Emancipation Day greetings
to the nation.
On Friday, some supermarkets
made the prices changes on the
brands identified by Persad-Bisses-
sar on Thursday, even though it
was to take effect from July 25.
At MS Food City, located at SS
Erin Road, Debe, Southern Food
Basket and Massy Stores, Marabella
branch, the price changes were
made. However an official at MS
Food City said there was no rush
for the discounted products on
"It was slow today. The price
changes were made, but did not
have much customers coming in
to say that there was a rush for
flour, rice and oil," the official said.
It was the same situation at
Massy Stores, Marabella. Manager
Nicole Rodriguez said recorded
normal sale on Friday.
However, Rodriguez hastened to
add that this may change.
"Maybe over the weekend, it
would have more (demand). It is
only the 25th, so you would find
more (purchases) over the week-
end. Yes, we have enough stocks
for the rush. All the prices changes
have been made already," she said.
At Xtra Foods, Chaguanas, there
was a demand for the discounted
Yesterday an Xtra Foods, an offi-
cial said customers came in and
asked for the discounted products,
but there were none in stock at
the Chaguanas Main Road branch.
The official said stocks have
been ordered from National Flour
"We are waiting on delivery
from NFM and we should get that
by tomorrow (Friday). I guess there
has been a backlog of requests for
the product now that there will be
a demand. Customers have been
coming in and asking for the
brands. But we do not normally
carry all of the brands of flour, rice
and oil like Lotus. In Arima and
Grand Bazaar, we have it, but we
do not carry here in Chaguanas.
We are waiting of delivery tomor-
row (Friday)," the official said.
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