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Society must collaborate in crime fight, TTMA boss

Published: 
Saturday, September 9, 2017

President of the T&T Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) Christopher Alcazar says the Government cannot solve the crime problem alone, and requires a partnership with society to solve the woes currently afflicting the country.

His comments came in the wake of the murder of former museum curator, 80-year-old Dr Claire Broadbridge, who was killed last Saturday during an invasion of her St Ann’s home, as well as the killing of 75-year-old Ramdevi Singh at her Chaguanas home.

In an interview after the media launch of TIC 2018, at the Five Star Casino on Wednesday, he said, “It’s unfortunate but I think we are all affected by crime.

“The recent spate (of crime) has affected a lot of T&T nationals emotionally. Whether how young or old (the victims are), East Indian, African, it does not matter who it is happening to, everybody and everybody is impacted by it.”

What is clear, he said, is that the crime problem is not T&T’s culture and therefore it must be dealt with together as a country.

“This is not about what government is in power and who is doing what for who, this is about us (T&T) coming together as a nation and really making an impact for the future and our children’s future.”

On the issue of the Government’s performance, TTMA chief executive Dr Ramesh Ramdeen said on a scale of 1 to 10 the TTMA gives the Government about 7, since, “there is still some work to be done.” He added that it is still early in their administration, but in the coming three years he anticipated that “there would be greater collaboration” with the business community.

“We went through a very trying economic environment and it could have been a lot worse than it already is. You need to recognise that they have stabilised the economy somewhat, we have remained stable and that is credible,” Ramdeen said.

“We at the TTMA think that a lot could be done to enhance the business community in T&T to create that enabling environment to ensure that business grows and prospers.”

He suggested that the Government should continue to create that enabling environment for doing business so they can expand. Ramdeen also said the manufacturing sector can lead the effort to diversify T&T’s economy.