Former Colombian President: T&T’s high crime rate can chase away investors

(Trinidad Guardian) Former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe, who is in T&T attending the 2013 Energy Conference, warned yesterday T&T’s high crime rate could affect investments and the economy. “If criminality continues, if criminality grows and there is no political determination to stop criminality at any moment, it will make a dent on investment. It is impossible to sustain economic growth in the long term,” he said during a press conference at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain.

Uribe, who served as Colombia’s president from 2002-2010, is best known for his administration’s crackdown on narcotics trafficking, including arresting and extraditing more drug traffickers to the United States and to other countries than any previous government.

Commenting on steps taken in Colombia to combat crime, he said his country was transparent in the way it conducted its businesses and had improved its national security. “I cannot speak about specifics but I can say my country is very competitive and does things in a transparent way. Colombia has 16,000 km of navigable rivers. When I became President of Colombia, we only supervised 3,000 km of rivers. Now the government supervises over 15,000 km of navigable rivers,” he said.

Alvaro Uribe
Alvaro Uribe

He also boasted about the close partnership between Colombia and the US, saying Colombia has received aid from the US which also helped in its fight against the leftist guerillas who have been accused of drug trafficking. “Now many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have certified that Colombia is doing well. There is a worldwide acknowledgement that Colombia has improved a lot,” Uribe added.

He said T&T’s strong economy was an example for Colombia and other countries. “Many countries have accepted T&T as an example of an investment hub and a country that has improved its social cohesion,” he added.

 

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No amnesty for war rapists: Colombia peace talks turn to women’s rights

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Colombia’s government and FARC rebels have pledged to improve access to land for women and ensure perpetrators of sexual violence, including rape, will not be eligible for amnesty as part of ongoing peace talks to end five decades of civil war.

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Colombia declares end to Zika epidemic inside country

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian health officials declared yesterday that the worst of a Zika outbreak in the Andean nation had passed just 10 months after its arrival, raising questions about how the virus is affecting parts of Latin America differently.

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Ship hits wall of Panama Canal, renews design concerns

HOUSTON (Reuters) – A Chinese container ship hit a wall of the new lane of the Panama Canal, a Canal Authority official and a local ship agent said yesterday, the third such incident since the expanded waterway opened one month ago amid design concerns.

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Little enforcement of Jamaica Tobacco Control Act douses its relevance

(Jamaica Observer) It has existed on Jamaican law books for three years now, but the one-time much heralded Public Health Tobacco Control Regulations Act 2013, seems to have virtually gone up in smoke.

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Big battle set for key Clico beachfront property in T&T

(Trinidad Guardian) Battle for No Man’s Land. That is what is shaping up on all fronts—from Government to the Clico owners of the property—as the spotlight continues to increase on one of the last pristine pieces of beachfront in the English-speaking Caribbean.

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T&T student killed for gold chain

(Trinidad Express) A 22-year-old man’s decision to wear a large gold chain while liming with friends on Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook cost him his life early Saturday morning when he was ambushed, shot and killed for his jewelry.

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