Sinckler offers advice to incoming Trinidad PM

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler has advised the leader of the newly-elected People’s National Movement (PNM) government in Trinidad and Tobago Dr Keith Rowley that there is no magic wand that will fix the issues currently facing that country.

While congratulating Dr Rowley on his victory in yesterday’s polls in which the PNM captured 23 of the 41 available seats, Sinckler pointed to low oil prices, acknowledging that a lot of readjustments to policies in the oil-rich nation might be necessary in order to help grow the economy.

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler
Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler

“It is a challenging period and we have difficulties to deal with,” said Sinckler.

He explained that while the previous administration would have planned based on oil prices that we over US$100 a barrel, among other things, Sinckler said he believed the new government would have to do some changes.

“There are factors that are beyond our control that impact us very heavily and can cause major disruption in our economic plans but we have to adjust, and sometimes those adjustments may not necessarily be painless. In fact, they may cause discomfort. But in order to keep things stable, in order to keep yourself on the playing field so that when things pick back up you are able to, as they say in cricket, play your shots, then you have to do those things to ensure that you keep your economy and society together.

“That is the object lesson for anybody, those who are in government and those who are out of government. There is no easy magic wand way out of the issues we are facing particularly when some of those issues are deeply structural,” said Sinckler.

For his part, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, the chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), welcomed Dr Rowley to the 15-nation grouping. He added that Trinidad was a strategic partner in the region and Barbados was looking forward to deepening its bilateral relations with Port of Spain.

“My Government is confident that we can further strengthen the bonds of friendship and partnership that we share. We look forward to exploring new avenues for collaboration to enhance the socio-economic development and prosperity of our two nations and the region as a whole in these challenging times.

“I anticipate that the schedule of events at the international level in the coming months will afford us the opportunity to engage in an initial dialogue on a range of matters of mutual interest.” (MM)

7 Responses to Sinckler offers advice to incoming Trinidad PM

  1. ken September 9, 2015 at 4:29 am

    To Christopher and Freundel: I like what PM Rowley said during his acceptance speech; he told the T&T people that there are troubling times ahead but together WE will steer through them. That is the voice of a leader (Freundel ) talking to his people (Freundel ). During times of hardship the people will be more willing to go through those times because they feel they are being LED through them. We the people know that adjustments need to be made to policies in order to steer through hard times Christopher, but (the thing is) the masses need to hear this from their leaders. The Barbados administration need to take a leaf out of PM Rowley ‘s book and learn this political tactic. This double edged sword message that Christopher sent to PM Rowley seems to serve also as a message to the bajan public as to why there is no fair price on oil based products. Maybe the energy used, to give this “advise” to Trinidad, would be better spent talking DIRECTLY to the people you all are “leading” with the hope of making us feel less disenfranchised in Barbados. This country need proper leadership

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  2. Mark Rudder
    Mark Rudder September 9, 2015 at 5:29 am

    My advice to the TT Prime Minister is”don’t listen “

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  3. Tony Webster September 9, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Talk…is cheap. “Advice” is best received depending on one’s assessment of the sender, based on credibilty and past performance; with a dash of skepticisn; and received on a long spoon. In this case, Dr. Rowley, I suggest you use a very, very, long spoon.

    Would be immeasurably much better, if you just had a chat over a roti, with any Bajan you butt-up with in the street.

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  4. Alex Alleyne September 9, 2015 at 7:40 am

    He should have told him with the low oil prices , let BDS get some relief . For too long you all have been socking it to us .

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  5. dave September 9, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Do not pay Sinckler no mind. Countries always have challenges . When was it ever easy? It is always a challenging job and you have to be up to the challenge. IF YOU CANT HANDLE it you will make it worse. Sinckler should listen to Rowley’s acceptance speech and learn. When the DEMS won, they said that they did not want to hear from the opposition. DEM SAID “-WUNNA HAD 14 YEARS- We aint want to hear nuttin from wunna.”

    Clowns all around/all bout Town -eh eh !

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  6. sam Clarke September 9, 2015 at 11:33 am

    THIS ARTICLE IS FOR REAL? WOW!! IMAGINE THEY CANNOT FIX THE PROBLEMS OF BARBADOS , AND NOW HE IS IN GIVING ADVICE?? IT IS A GOOD THING THAT THERE IS A HOSPITAL IN AND OR NEAR HIS DISTRICT, THAT SPECIALIZES IN THE TYPE OF DISEASE THAT MR. SINCKLER SEEMS TO BE SUFFERING FROM.

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  7. sunshinecanada September 9, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    He is suffering, from forgetfulness, all of DEM.

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