Franklin Khan

Energy Minister: Franklin Khan

IN A bid to address the under-employment in the energy sector, the Ministry of Energy has enlisted 40 former island scholarship winners to engage in a mentorship programme at the Ministry of Energy.

Energy Minister Franklin Khan said it was Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s vision to create a cadre of energy professionals.

Khan explained that the work of the technical and professional staff of the Ministry of Energy is specialised, which means the ministry cannot not look to the wider public service for the recruitment of professional staff.

In addition, the ministry has to compete with the international oil companies in compensation for staff.

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He observed that between 1998 and 2004, only two members of staff resigned from the Ministry of Energy.


This week, we at Bourse review the financial performance of two major conglomerates listed on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange, Massy Holdings Ltd (MASSY) and Ansa McAL Ltd (AMCL). Despite a decline in revenue, MASSY’s overall performance improved due to cost containment and one-off gains from the divestment of its security business operations. Conversely, costs associated with AMCL’s acquisition and restructuring efforts would have offset the impact of its top line growth.

Today marks the return of a column by industrial relations practitioner, Diana Mahabir-Wyatt, to the Sunday Express. Given the hightened interest in industrial relations in general and the workings of the Industrial Court in particular, the column will analyse judgments of the local court (and on occasion foreign courts) in a way that will bring light to the sometimes-tense relations between employers and employees.

FINANCE Minister Colm Imbert says this country is under no obligation to follow any recommendations made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF is assembling a team to visit T&T for its annual Article IV consultations, but no date has yet been set for the visit.

CHARITIES, volunteer groups and religious bodies have again been urged to view the Non-Profit Organisations Bill, 2019 as a means of protection for themselves and for Trinidad and Tobago’s reputation abroad.

PRIME Minister Dr Keith Rowley has lauded the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) for its role in national development. Rowley was speaking yesterday at the UTT’s second annual research symposium held at the university’s O’Meara campus.