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Do something before it’s too late

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thursday and yesterday the workers at Customs Dept withheld their services and supported the call by their union leader, Watson Duke.

The country and small business are being strangled, for example, with challenges to obtain forex from the banks. The “holidays” don’t help.

Importers are unable to get their shipments from the Bonded Warehouse and the Port of Entry. The importers will lose millions of dollars by paying rents and demurrage charges, which consumers will eventually have to pay, along with heavy taxes introduced in the budget.

We are seeing small businesses closing shop all over, which is a sad state.

As the Finance Minister remarked, he has the right to increase taxes to run the country.

Petrotrin is still operating at a loss, the high salaries are still being paid, the government is still renting offices.

What are the ministers of trade, tourism, finance doing to obtain forex? Our country is in a critical situation and late in implementing the infrastructure to buffer the economy against these shocks.

Years ago the church would voice their opinion when you had a strong Archbishop. Christmas and carnival are in the air and I hope the masses are not distracted by the holidays, while there are serious matters facing our country that need to be addressed by government.

The Chamber is too silent on these matters; the poor and middle class are hurting. Unless improvements are made in living conditions, the country is heading for social unrest.



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