Daily Brief - Monday 1st November, 2021


List of items no longer attracting VAT

As of today, there will be no Value Added Tax (VAT) applied to the following items: Read more here



Police commission crisis remains unsettled as PM jets off to Scotland

Former chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC) Prof Ramesh Deosaran has described as an “unhappy coincidence,” the fact that the Prime Minister, Leader of Government Business and other key ministers are out of the country whilst the appointment of a substantive commission remains unresolved. Dr Rowley, Planning Minister Camille Robinson-Regis, Energy Minister Stuart Young and Foreign Affairs and Caricom Minister Dr Amery Browne left the country on Saturday to attend the World Leaders Summit at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP 26, in Glasgow, Scotland. The conference begins on Sunday and is expected to end on November 12. Read more here



Locusts eating into farmers’ money

The Old Testament of the Holy Bible tells the story of Pharaoh refusing Moses’ entreaties to release the enslaved Israelites, and God in turn sending a series of ten plagues to show his might and pressure the Egyptian ruler to let his people go. The plague of locusts was the eight plague that God sent after he had sent a plague of hail, according to the Bible. “They covered all the ground until it was black. They devoured all that was left after the hail—everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees. Nothing green remained on tree or plant in all the land of Egypt,” Exodus 10:15 states. Read more here

InvesTT forum begins tomorrow

Over 630 people have registered to attend the Trinidad and Tobago Investment Forum which takes place virtually tomorrow and Wednesday. The two-day forum is a high-profile event dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) and trade in Trinidad and Tobago and is a collaborative effort between the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) and InvesTT. Read more here



Packed agenda

After departing the country on Saturday, President Dr. Irfaan Ali has arrived in Scotland to participate in the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP) 26. Landing in Glasgow, President Ali was received by a representative of the Queen. A statement from the Office of the President indicated that while in Scotland, the Head of State will have a packed agenda. “He is expected to deliver several addresses at key high-level climate summits, participate in several international round-table discussions and participate in bilateral meetings with other Heads of State and government officials,” the statement said. Read more here



COP26: World at one minute to midnight over climate change - Boris Johnson

The world is at "one minute to midnight", having run down the clock on waiting to combat climate change, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said. He was speaking as world leaders arrived for the landmark COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow. Speaking to the BBC, Mr Johnson said leaders needed to move from "aspiration to action" to slow global warming. He added the summit was a "critical" moment for him, and said an ambitious outcome was still "in the balance". Read more here



1st November 2021


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