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.