Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

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Media Release: The IMF Annual Report underlines the dynamism of Trinidad and Tobago’s Economic Recovery

The Honourable Colm Imbert, Minister of Finance, welcomes the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Annual Report on Trinidad and Tobago, published on June 05 2024, which provides an independent assessment of our economy. The IMF underlines that “Trinidad and Tobago is undergoing a gradual and sustained economic recovery.” The unemployment rate decreased to 3.2 percent in…

Media Release: Unprofessional and false reporting by the Trinidad Guardian on Statements made by the Minister of Finance on the Expenditure on Public Healthcare

The Minister of Finance, Hon. Colm Imbert, MP, has observed with deep disappointment the inaccurate, misleading and downright dangerous reporting and commentary by the Trinidad Guardian Newspaper on Statements that he made on Monday in Parliament on the budgetary allocation of the Ministry of Health.

Media Release – Court refuses the Auditor General’s application for leave for Judicial Review of the decision to appoint a committee to investigate the Misstatement of Revenue in the 2023 Public Accounts

The Minister of Finance, Honourable Colm Imbert, MP, wishes to advise that today the High Court refused to grant leave for Judicial Review to Ms. Jaiwantie Ramdass, the Auditor General in CV2024-01720 Jaiwantie Ramdass v. The Minister of Finance and Ors. Further, as a result of the Court’s decision to refuse leave for Judicial Review,…

Media Release: Civil App. No. P 351 of 2023 Terrisa Dhoray v. The Attorney General and the Trinidad and Tobago Revenue Authority

The Minister of Finance, Honourable Colm Imbert, MP, wishes to advise that today the Court of Appeal unanimously dismissed the appeal in Civil App. No. P 351 of 2023 Terrisa Dhoray v. The Attorney General and the Trinidad and Tobago Revenue Authority. As a consequence, the State has again succeeded in defending the constitutionally of…

Response of Acting Prime Minister, Mr. Colm Imbert to Pre –Action Protocol Letter dated May 12th 2024

I refer to your pre-action protocol letter dated 12’h May 2024 addressed to the Acting Prime Minister, Mr. Colm Imbert, setting out the grounds of your client’s proposed claim for judicial review challenging the appointment of an Investigation Team approved by Cabinet.I instruct Messrs. Douglas Mendes s.c. and Mr. Simon de la Bastide who act…

Report of the Auditor General on the Public Accounts of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Financial year 2023- Response of Minister of Finance to letter of 28th April, 2024

I act on behalf of the Minister of Finance (“the Minister”) who has passed to me a copy of your letter to him dated 28’h April 2024 with instructions that I respond to same on his behalf.Your letter addresses the circumstances surrounding attempts by public servants attached to the Ministry of Finance and the office…

MEDIA RELEASE: ATTEMPTED SABOTAGE OF THE WATER SUPPLY AND AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEMS AT THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE HEAD OFFICE BUILDING

On April 30, 2024, an individual gained unauthorised access to the top floor of the Ministry of Finance Head Office Building at the Eric Williams Financial Complex by pretending to be a member of an exterior building cleaning team.Suspicion arose later in the day when CCTV technicians and maintenance staff detected serious water leakage at…

MEDIA RELEASE: CORRECTLY DATED AMENDED PUBLIC ACCOUNTS WERE SUBMITTED TO AUDITOR GENERAL

Based on current media coverage, which is not unexpectedly slanted towards the sensational, the Minister of Finance, Hon. Colm Imbert, MP, wishes to dispel the notion that still persists in some quarters that he somehow “backdated” the national public accounts for the financial year It bears repeating that the national public accounts are prepared and…

Media Release – Investigation into an Understatement of Revenue for the Financial Year Ended September 2023 and Related Events

Today, the Cabinet approved the composition of a Team recommended by the Minister of Finance to investigate the understatement of revenue for the financial year 2023 and related matters. The Investigation Team will be chaired by retired High Court Judge Justice David Harris and will include Mr. David C. Benjamin, a former Audit Director at…