It was good news hearing T&T farmers won the In­ter­na­tion­al Co­coa Awards (ICA) at the 25th edi­tion of Sa­lon du Choco­lat in Paris, France, placing first out 223 entries from 55 countries.

Our cocoa is on the big stage and we must not take this lightly, but seize the opportunity to see bigger things in the future.

Our agriculture industry has huge potential in earning us great revenue; our cocoa is up there with the best in the world. It is up to us to see what is taking place, beginning with those who are in charge, and come up with a workable plan to increase cocoa production in T&T.

Research must be done, finding suitable markets for the product. We must be willing to invest. Our energy sector is not as it was before, and we cannot continue putting all our eggs in one basket. That is very risky.

Let’s get the business sector involved and support local farmers. We are stronger if we work together. The world wants our cocoa, and it’s time we took full advantage of this.

I congratulate those who had the vision to put the product on this stage, advertising it at a different level—a job well done. But it does not end there.

Arnold Gopeesingh

San Juan


Based on the recently passed Miscellaneous Provisions (Law Enforcement Officers) Bill, a report headlined “Don’t bribe law enforcement officers” appeared in the Express on Tuesday.

AS the Internet exploded exponentially in the late 1990s, so did social media in the next decade and beyond. As soon as its marketing potential to build brands and to solidify well-earned reputations was recognised and utilised, so did the downside rear its ugly head.

ON Friday last week, Canadian banking took a big jump out of the Caribbean. CIBC—Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce—announced the sale of just over two-thirds of its First Caribbean International Bank to a company controlled by Colombian billionaire Jaime Gilinski for close to US$800 million.

I have been a passenger of the water taxi service since its inception. The purpose of this letter is to draw your attention to one of the vessels.

Following the debate in the Upper House, one would believe some of the members do not live in T&T and appreciate the seriousness of the state of crime in the land.

The incumbent Mayor of Chaguanas recently announced his decision not to seek reappointment to that office. This follows announcements of two other sitting UNC parliamentarians who have decided to “call it a day”.