Trinidad PM To Address Currency Issue Affecting Vincentian Traders

Dr Keith Rowley Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago’s has indicated willingness to work towards addressing the ongoing situation in the twin-island republic whereby Vincentian traders are unable to buy Eastern Caribbean dollars after conducting their business there.

This situation has resulted in Vincentian traders having a stockpile of Trinidad and Tobago currency in Port of Spain.

Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves who has been vocal on the issue, said he had discussions on the matter with his Trinidadian counterpart at the 29th Inter-sessional Summit of CARICOM Heads of Government in Haiti, which ended on Tuesday.

Local farmers were, therefore, becoming reluctant to sell their products to those traders, since they were not receiving payment in a timely manner, due to the foreign exchange issue out of Trinidad.

Speaking yesterday on the Shakeup program here on WEFM, via telephone from Haiti, Prime Minister Gonsalves said Dr Rowley give the assurance that he will begin working to address this issue upon return to Trinidad.

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