Elizabeth “Lady” Montano

BOOST FOR INDUSTRY: Elizabeth “Lady” Montano, Gillian Goddard and Kristy Ann Hudson display the new packaging and size of Machel Montano 60 per cent dark chocolate at a launch held at the Cocoa Pod, Port of Spain, yesterday.


TAKE a bite and see what happens when soca meets cocoa. That was the invitation from soca star Machel Montano at the launch of the rebranded Montanos Chocolate bar yesterday at The Cocoa Pod at Gordon Street, Port of Spain.

Montano, who is currently in Martinique for the French territory’s Carnival celebrations, spoke to a small room of guests and media from a large projection of a pre-recorded video when he unveiled a new high-end packaging for his Machel Montano 60 per cent dark chocolate.


FINANCE Minister Colm Imbert is assuring that the Office of Procurement Regulation would still have the power to investigate government-to-government arrangements after Government makes “slight” amendments to Section 7 of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Act next month.

A CALL has been made for Government to take immediate action on campaign finance reform and implementing the public procurement legislation.

Without these two pieces of legislation, says the Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute (TTTI), this country’s scoring on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) will remain stagnant.

Publicly listed TTNGL’s profits declined last year because the international prices of its three products—natural gas liquids propane, butane and natural gasoline—have tumbled, said Dominic Rampersad, president of Phoenix Park Gas Processors Ltd (PPGPL) yesterday.

EXPORTT, this country’s official export facilitation organisation, has started to think of Cuba as a critical “gateway market” to the rest of Latin America.