Vendors at Library Corner

VESTED INTEREST: Vendors at Library Corner, San Fernando, listening attentively to the 2020 budget presentation by Finance Minister Colm Imbert via a portable radio yesterday. 

South and Central Chambers of Commerce commented on the 2020 budget presentation made by Finance Minister Colm Imbert yesterday.

President of the Greater San Fernando Chamber of Commerce Kiran Singh said, on preliminary review of the presentation, the chamber noted the minister’s intention to bring forth a bill on the gaming and gambling.

He welcomed this initiative and said this is a much-needed regulatory tool to deal with white-collar crime.

Singh said the parking meter system announced by the minister has been advocated by the Chamber for a long time. He said this will ease the burden of the parking woes for patrons, shoppers and business owners in the downtown area of San Fernando.

“What we had hoped for in the address was a plan for a parkade which was recently announced by the Attorney General (Faris Al-Rawi). San Fernando is in desperate need of parking to facilitate the inflow of citizens in our City. We noticed that the minister gave honourable mention to the San Fernando Waterfront Development project. We are aware that plans are at an advanced stage in the commencement of this mega-project, however, we were not given a start date. This development is desperately needed for commercial and economic activity in the southern region,” he said.


ANGOSTURA HOLDINGS experienced a shift in demand for its products during the stay-at-home Covid-19 period.

Bars were ordered to close for more than three months and only reopened on June 22, 2020.

WHILE business owners throughout T&T are downsizing, consolidating or closing down because of Covid-19, 36-year-old entrepreneur and director of Sports & Games Ltd, Omar Hadeed, is expanding the group’s retail footprint, which focuses on fashion brands and quick-dining options.

IN ORDER to survive the current economic landscape, we must diversify, said president of the San Fernando Business Association Daphne Bartlett.

All businesses have been affected by the pandemic, and as such, it cannot be business as usual, she said.

RESTRICTIONS on public gatherings and stay-at-home regulations meant a huge shift towards people working from home. For those companies that had already been taking steps towards cloud-based platforms, it would have been a seamless switch with persons being able to work from a hotel room in Japan, if necessary.

CL FINANCIAL’s joint liquidators have prepared about 1,700 acres of land owned by Home Construction Ltd for sale, according to a report prepared by the group’s liquidators David Holukoff and Hugh Dickson.

Bad weather caused an almost eight-month delay in completion of the new Cross Crossing Bridge in San Fernando, says Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan.

Construction of the bridge was however completed under budget with a savings of $1.5 million, he said.