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A better, brighter 2013

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar at children’s Christmas party.

PORT OF SPAIN — Trinidad is poised to take off in 2013 and citizens can expect better days ahead, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has said.

She was speaking with the media before she left the prime minister’s annual Children’s Christmas Gift Outreach at the Hasely Crawford Stadium car park, Port of Spain.

“Crime fighting remains at the top of the Government’s agenda and whilst we do the soft side of it, that is the crime prevention methods, I do believe, and Minister (of National Security Jack) Warner and I have discussed this, that we need to become a bit stronger on the law enforcement side. I believe we must strengthen the law enforcement aspect.

“And Minister Warner has begun that strategy with the joint patrols. We have had increased joint patrols we intend to continue with those right down into the Carnival. That is the only way we will see the reduction in the crime rates that we would want to see,” she said.

She said priority number two was the economy and the creation of jobs.

“Once we do that, then we can get a better quality of life which is what our whole thrust has been, prosperity for all, and you have seen some of the initiatives with the investments recently.

“I believe for 2013 we are poised for take off with the actual implementation of the initiatives. So I look forward to a brighter 2013 than 2012,” she said.

Asked about questions raised in several quarters over Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley’s recent visit to Debe, she said it is a free country and any citizen is free to go to any part of the country they choose.

“I have no concern about that at all, look at where I am today and everyone is very happy to see me,” she said.

Addressing the latest travel advisory put out by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on its website for this country, Warner, said it is not the first time that they have done that.

“And I am very sure that it may not be the last. Our job though is to make sure that they keep doing that less and less and based on the efforts that we are doing right now. I feel very optimistic that we are on that path,” he said.

On November 30, the advisory was updated, warning British nationals of high levels of violent crime in the country. (Express)

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