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Tunapuna Chamber Budget wish: Fix forex distribution

Published: 
Friday, September 22, 2017

Nalini Maharaj, President of the Tunapuna Business Chamber said the Chamber has asked the Government to distribute foreign exchange equitably to the business community.

This was one of the proposals they made in their 2017/2018 budget wish list.

“We would like to see a sustainable amount across the board to all businesses and not just to certain businesses being allocated a certain amount. There must be equity across the board,” she told the Guardian yesterday.

She said the Chamber also proposed that the Government invest more aggressively agricultural sector as a way of diversifying the economy.

“The Government can do this by tapping into the resources that we have here and also the technology sector.”

She said the Chamber also asked the Government to step up police activity in the areas where businesses operate.

“I know that we have no control on the crime itself. The Chamber has always asked for more police patrols in the hot spots, more CCTV cameras available that are functional and control of traffic in the area.”

She added that the crime situation in Tunapuna is not as bad as in other areas, but they had at least one crime related incident recently.

“A business member was robbed in the area and the police took a more than an hour to come and of course nothing has come out of it. The police need to step up on the policing and on the response time. Members are now afraid to open their businesses.”

The Chamber also suggested that locals be trained for the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO's) being set up in the country.

“Why do we not utilise our own persons and give them the training required rather than outsourcing to other countries where the language is not the first language of the country?”

She said every year the Chamber “hopes and prays” that the Government would take some of their budget proposals that would benefit their members.