Opposition supporters

SEA OF SUPPORT: Opposition supporters take part in a gathering with opposition leader Juan Guaido in Caracas yesterday. Tens of thousands of protesters were set to pour onto the streets of Caracas to back self-proclaimed acting president Guaido’s calls for early elections as international pressure increased on President Nicolas Maduro to step down. Major European countries have set a deadline for Maduro to call snap presidential elections today. 

ECONOMIST Vaalmikki Arjoon is concerned about T&T’s relationship with the United States given the different approach of the two countries with regard to the ongoing leadership crisis in Venezuela.

President of National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, proclaimed himself interim president of Venezuela on January 23, 2019, leading to almost immediate recognition by the United States, Canada and Colombia and later by Latin American countries such as Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has steadfastly maintained that the position of T&T and Caricom on the developments in Venezuela is one of non-interference and non-intervention and that he is seeking dialogue to resolve the situation in a peaceful manner.

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Members of the public will get an opportunity to voice their views and suggestions on the enhancement of Ariapita Avenue in Woodbrook as the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT) will be hosting a public consultation on the issue.

The consultation is scheduled for Monday at 7.30 p.m. and will be held virtually because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

SHAKEN by the April 7 explosion at its plant on the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery complex, NiQuan Energy has postponed raising US$175 million in new debt that is meant to refinance its existing US$120 million debt facility.

AS online platforms continue to evolve for businesses, amid the Covid-19 crisis, Global Brands is taking full advantage of the technology and will be launching its platform next month.

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Monday said it would virtually launch the Green Bond Transparency Platform (GBTP), an innovative digital tool that brings greater transparency to the Latin America and the Caribbean green bond market.

Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission

AS THE regulator of the securities industry, the Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission (TTSEC) has the responsibility to monitor the industry, understand its potential for development and encourage innovation to foster that development. This week’s article will highlight some prominent fintech products typically used in the securities market.

Call to Action: The ICC campaign to end the pandemic in the Caribbean

COVID-19 has had the effect of compounding an already challenging economic climate in Trinidad and Tobago and other countries of the region, many of which are dependent on tourism and related products. The declaration of a pandemic has almost paralysed some sectors, and even driven a number of businesses to fold. The region’s private sector therefore has a vested interest in any and all measures to lift our countries out of pandemic conditions and align with global efforts.