Colm Imbert

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Colm Imbert said : “It is perhaps the most pressing issue that we have to deal with, since our population has been conditioned over the years to expect the Government to provide them with an HDC house at a discount price,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 22, 2020 3:51:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “We have also found ourselves in a situation where with creeping upward movement, it now costs the Government almost $1 million to build an HDC house and the population expects to be given this house for $500,000 or less. To compound the problem, many of the applicants for housing simply cannot qualify to purchase a HDC house, because they just do not have the means,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 22, 2020 3:51:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “A feature of the programme is that small builders will not be burdened with the requirement to tender for these houses, but instead, will simply have to qualify to participate in the programme,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 22, 2020 3:51:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “the Public Procurement Regulations are made by the Minister on the recommendation of the Office of Procurement Regulation” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:45:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “In making regulations under any legislation, a minister is required to ensure that these regulations are lawful and are consistent with the intent and purpose of the parent legislation and the public interest. If a Minister were to do otherwise, he or she would be in breach of his oath of office,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:45:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “Natural gas production, the key to economic growth in Trinidad and Tobago, has continued an upward trend, projected to reach an average of 3.8 bscf per day in 2019” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, December 29, 2019 4:39:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert promised : “in the first quarter of calendar 2019” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, December 29, 2019 4:39:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “This may require some reflection in the future, to see whether we should amend the law to give the Central Bank the power to fix fees for these routine transactions,” “However, that could be construed as interference in the business of the banking sector” External link

cnc3 Friday, December 13, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert added : "Some are finding it difficult to fill out a source of funds declaration and that's a challenge for the banks. If they say they got it from savings, it's proving a challenge. In cases like that persons will be advised to go to the Central Bank to change the notes" External link

cnc3 Thursday, December 12, 2019 11:23:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert noted : "We are being advised by counsel every step of the way and there is a crime of tipping off," External link

cnc3 Thursday, December 12, 2019 11:23:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “Unipet was given fuel in good faith by Paria, Unipet declined to pay for fuel and owed Paria $172 million as of a couple of weeks ago. Paria and Unipet met and Unipet agreed to make a part payment of $68 million. However it only made a payment of $64 million and it has still declined to sign any written arrangement with Paria. And it now owes Paria in excess of $100 million for fuel supplied without any written agreement,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, December 6, 2019 6:24:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert told : “Indeed, 25 years after we got ourselves out of an IMF programme, we were advised to embrace the same old sterile measures from 1990, focused on contraction without due consideration of the short- and long-term adverse effects on our citizens,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 26, 2019 5:38:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “it is a pleasure to work with CAF to implement key infrastructure projects and assure fiscal stability in Trinidad and Tobago” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, November 25, 2019 11:08:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “No longer do we have to prop up Caribbean Airlines, no longer do we have to bail them out,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, November 25, 2019 4:44:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “This Government is going to give daily-paid workers a pension. I am meeting with the National Union of Government and Federated Workers (NUGFW) next week (this week) to start the discussion on the mechanism for introducing a minimum pension for daily-paid workers in 2020,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, November 25, 2019 4:44:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “That was his claim to fame, he wanted to spend $400 million on a plane,” “The same fella also spent US$18 million on chartering two cruise ships. That is how he runs the economy” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, November 16, 2019 5:53:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “This excludes the funds which will be received from the sale of the traditional portfolio. We are now in the process of analysing the remaining debt to be repaid by CLICO and CL Financial,” External link

nationnews Friday, October 25, 2019 12:54:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “And if I take two things, I would take the increase in the minimum wage on the lower end, and I will take the VAT bonds at the upper end, and all of the things in between,” “And we still have next year. Even with the way the Parliamentary schedule is, there may not be a full budget next year. There is still the opportunity in the mid-year review to make some adjustments and to do some more things that would boost the productive sector” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, October 8, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert announced : “Those of you in the tourism business would know that the Apple Leisure Group is the largest charter airline operator in the United States. It is the largest vertically-integrated vacation resort company and it will bring Tobago, once the negotiations are successful, not only a world class brand but it will also bring airlift,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, October 8, 2019 7:32:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “I would think we maybe have one more month and then we can reach a conclusion once all parties agree. We’re just fine-tuning the proposed agreement between that group and the Government. We have asked them to take over the hotel as-is-where is,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, October 8, 2019 7:32:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “We are combating these issues at community levels,” “Laventille community swimming pool is meeting the demand for aquatic sport in a major underprivileged community. Other swimming pools are being upgraded at Cocoyea, Couva and Sangre Grande. The Diego Martin Sporting Complex, a multi-purpose, multi-sport facility, is already being used by the surrounding communities, clubs and associations. The Dwight Yorke Stadium (Tobago) is now a well-equipped facility meeting international standards. Other stadia, like Mahaica Oval, are being rehabilitated and would be ready to meet the needs of all athletes and the general public for recreational and competitive sport purposes” External link

newsday-tt Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:41:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “The refinery was saddled with debt, draining the revenue” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, September 29, 2019 2:38:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert says : “burdened with the requirement to come up with upfront cash immediately,” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, September 29, 2019 2:38:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : "Vehicle sales continue to charge along at an average rate of over 25,000 new registrations per year, with the total number of vehicles now well over the one million mark," External link

cnc3 Tuesday, May 14, 2019 12:29:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : "In stark contrast to the mantra of doom and gloom, our local banks are enjoying unprecedented growth in income and profits. Republic Bank, for example, has increased its annual profits after tax from $1.17 billion in 2015 to $1.32 billion in 2018, an increase of 13%, with its total assets moving from $66 billion to $70 billion. Not to be left behind, First Citizens Bank has increased its profits after tax from $630 million in 2015 to $674 million in 2018, an increase of 7%. FCB’s total assets also increased from $37.5 billion to $42 billion over the period" External link

cnc3 Tuesday, May 14, 2019 12:29:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : "We see no need whatsoever to impose any additional burdens on the population," External link

cnc3 Monday, May 13, 2019 10:24:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “The total number of shares held by NCBGHL in GHL will, after acquisition of the additional amount of shares, increase to up to 143,777,991 shares of GHL, representing 61.99 per cent of the total issued and outstanding shares in the company,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 30, 2019 5:39:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “The Minister of Finance welcomes this direct foreign investment in our local financial services sector, especially by a company with Caribbean connections, and wishes all concerned all the best in their future endeavours,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 30, 2019 6:25:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “If you look at the ownership of the NCB, there is one company in Trinidad that is owned by a company in Jamaica that is owned by a company in Barbados that is owned by companies in Canada. If you follow all the way back, then you will see that NCB is under the control of foreigners, non-Caricom citizens,” “Therefore, the actual investor is Portland Holdings, a Canadian company. So NCB is a foreign investor within the meaning of the act and requires a licence. There is no real problem or issue in respect to granting a licence to NCB in that regard,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 3, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “I want to make it clear that the government is not appointing this board and that board. In fact, in the filings to the court, the liquidators are the ones appointing the boards of the various subsidiaries of (CLICO) and that should be known by all these magnates, all these tycoons and so on,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 31, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “this has been widely publicised in the print and electronic media” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 31, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “All of the other members of the board of all the subsidiaries have been appointed by the liquidators, the Government has not been running these companies. That is a farcical and absurd statement,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 31, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “I want to make it clear that the government is not appointing this board and that board. In fact, in the filings to the court the liquidators are the ones appointing the boards of the various subsidiaries of (CLICO) and that should be known by all these magnates, all these tycoons and so on,” External link

nationnews Saturday, March 30, 2019 9:04:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “this has been widely publicised in the print and electronic media” External link

nationnews Saturday, March 30, 2019 9:04:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “All of the others members of the board off all the subsidiaries have been appointed by the liquidators, the Government has not been running these companies. That is a farcical and absurd statement,” External link

nationnews Saturday, March 30, 2019 9:04:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “All of the others members of the board off all the subsidiaries have been appointed by the liquidators, the Government has not been running these companies. That is a farcical and absurd statement,” External link

newsday-tt Saturday, March 30, 2019 3:02:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert added : “In TT, the government cannot instruct nor direct the CAA. If the government were to (do that) I believe the media would be the first to say political interference. It is unlawful for a minister to tell the CAA what to do or what not to do,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, March 15, 2019 8:16:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert told : “I’m advised by the Honourable Prime Minister that his test procedures went very well,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, March 15, 2019 1:19:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “Nothing can be further from the truth,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 20, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “This matter is therefore still being engaged by all parties,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 20, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : "The EU has arbitrarily and unilaterally included us and the US on this so-called blacklist. We do not agree" External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:03:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert told : “We are continuing with the airport and marina project and other Tobago projects. We are not stopping,” External link

newsday-tt Tuesday, February 5, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “Within this framework, the Sandals Golden Grove Tobago Project represents a major turning point for the economy of Tobago. The Sandals and Beaches Resort will be built at Buccoo/Golden Grove,” External link

nationnews Thursday, January 24, 2019 12:06:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “That’s why we are building it,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 17, 2019 5:58:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : "The PNM has a history of calling elections on time," External link

newsday-tt Friday, January 11, 2019 12:07:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “In the circumstances, and especially in view of our current difficult economic situation, it was felt that it was not appropriate to spend $3 million of taxpayers' funds on this event,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, November 24, 2017 7:40:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “In pursing foreign direct investment Trinidad and Tobago must compete with investment opportunities in other countries to attract a share of the limited exploration and development funds available,” External link

sunstkitts Friday, October 20, 2017 3:10:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “We are of the view that the licences and the penalties for operating a private hospital . . . are far too low,” External link

sunstkitts Friday, October 20, 2017 3:10:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “Barack Obama then came to the podium after listening to this dissertation from Daniel Ortega and said 'I didn't come here to listen to sterile debate or academic discussions'. And that is what I would say, I didn't come here to listen to sterile debate or academic discussions,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, October 4, 2017 10:11:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : "I notice the banks are angry with the imposition of tax of 35 percent on them but we have to spread the adjustment. The economy is in a recession. People are losing their jobs and banks are posting profits of $1.2 billion a year. I'm sorry but we have to spread the adjustment," External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, October 3, 2017 7:25:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “The State, and by extension taxpayers, can save the Treasury $400,000 per housing unit, since the cost to the State will now be in the vicinity of $100,000 per unit, instead of the current net cost to the HDC of $500,000 per unit. This should allow us to quadruple the current production of affordable housing, once [the programme is] fully implemented,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, October 3, 2017 7:52:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “We are putting in place the sports commission for T&T and developing requisite legislation which will address issues such as sports event management, sports dispute resolution and the management of national sporting bodies,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, October 3, 2017 5:45:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “We would appeal to the private sector and all citizens to expand their support for sporting activities on a sustained basis both through attendance at events as well as financing programmes in order to play their part in the national effort,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, October 3, 2017 5:45:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “We don’t ignore these things but don’t overreact to them as well,” “We have taken note of everything published. We read everything in the papers everyday. We internalise it, digest it” External link

newsday-tt Saturday, September 9, 2017 10:34:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “Antigua is a little distance from us...so it is not as simple as that. But I expect that citizens of Trinidad and Tobago will assist wherever they can, in the usual way that they operate and start to put together a relief effort to send whatever supplies they can to the citizen of Antigua and Barbuda” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, September 9, 2017 1:05:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “We are grateful that some of the islands under threat yesterday were spared, in large measure, from the full force of the hurricane. We are also cognisant of the fact that others were severely battered and are still assessing their losses,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, September 7, 2017 7:12:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “Triumph on the world stage, claiming victory for our nation and bringing pride to the people of Trinidad and Tobago,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, August 15, 2017 6:01:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “All the athletes who represented Trinidad and Tobago would have undoubtedly exercised discipline, trained hard and sacrificed much to get to this point and must be commended. Winning gold at a World Championship is a most outstanding achievement. The Government joins the people of Trinidad and Tobago in congratulating the men's 4x400 metre team,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, August 15, 2017 6:01:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “And all of the money it received from these sales went into CL World Brands and then flowed back into CLF and then was used by the shareholders for other purpose. The funny thing is that the money to purchase all of these companies came from the policyholders... and this is why this company found itself in so much trouble because having used policyholders' money to make these investments and then the investments didn't work out, this is why the CL group found itself in much difficulty in the 2008/2009 period,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, August 7, 2017 8:11:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “What on earth went on with CL world Brands and Angostura dividends, what went on there, where did the money come from? Where did it go? How come it wasn't being distributed in proportion to the ownership of CL World Brands and so on, how come all of it, 100 per cent was going to CLF? Why is it the people who represent the shareholders are saying that CL World Brands is 100 per cent owned by CLF, when the documents say �otherwise?” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, August 7, 2017 8:11:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “They (liquidators) will ultimately be reporting to the court as to what really happened with CL World Brands and the monies it received and the money that was spent and where did it go,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, August 7, 2017 8:11:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated ( about Peter Permell ) : “Further, in May 2012, in full and final settlement, Permell also relinquished all claims to these policies and signed a clear and unequivocal waiver of all future claims against Clico with respect to these policies,” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, August 5, 2017 6:20:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “The Companies Registry is a public forum. The records of all companies, whether private or public are available for any member of the public to scrutinise, either by walking in or going online” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, August 5, 2017 6:20:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “The shares were transferred at a value of $99. So Dalco is the owner of 26 per cent of CL Financial which, according to Mr Reis, is worth $40 billion. So 26 per cent of $40 billion is $10 billion stamp duty and a transfer of shares worth $10 billion is $50 million,” “The transfer of shares worth $99 stamp duty is 50 cents. The Finance Ministry will be investigating this matter to see why the company that is purportedly valued by one of its owners at $40 billion...why the shares were transferred for $99 dollars instead at a rate of $10 million..attracting stamp duty of $50 million” External link

Triniad-guardian Friday, August 4, 2017 8:54:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “We need to see how is it possible for this billion dollar company to be valued at only $99,” External link

Triniad-guardian Friday, August 4, 2017 8:54:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “Rumpro is owned 100 per cent by a company called CL World Brands incorporated in Scotland and by a series of declarations of trust and transfers for money received, CL World Brands is owned 42 per cent by Colonial Life, 38 per cent by CL Financial and 20 per cent by Clico Investment Bank,” External link

Triniad-guardian Friday, August 4, 2017 8:54:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “All that is fine. There is one little problem. That the shares were transferred at a value of $99,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, August 4, 2017 8:38:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert promised : “As soon as the audited accounts are available, they will be made public,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, August 4, 2017 8:38:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “But there is no valuation of those two parcels of land. This is the important thing,” External link

Triniad-guardian Friday, August 4, 2017 7:46:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert told : “Just to clarify, while it is clear that $1.1 billion was taken out of CL World Brands and ‘lent’ to CL Financial, and while it is clear that some of that money came from Angostura, Angostura may not have been the only source from the CLF group of funds for CL World Brands,” External link

Triniad-guardian Sunday, July 30, 2017 6:04:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert told : “There are no adverse consequences for T&T citizens as far as I’m aware with respect to travel to the US,” External link

stabroeknews Thursday, March 9, 2017 5:19:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert explained : “If you were a citizen of a country in that group, you could have entered the US without a visa once you go through the paper work needed to get a visa waiver,” “Yorke sought to enter the US with his UK passport, not as a T&T citizen, and unfortunately for him, under the Obama administration in 2009 a US law was passed indicating that if you travelled to certain countries and certain ones in the Middle East, your visa waiver would no longer apply and you would have to apply for a visa like people who aren’t part of the visa waiver programme” External link

stabroeknews Thursday, March 9, 2017 5:19:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “I just want to reinforce that there are no adverse consequences for citizens of Trinidad and Tobago that I am aware of with respect to travel to the United States,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, March 9, 2017 11:37:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert responded : “We have to apply for a visa in the normal course of things, we are not automatically allowed entry into the United States...so when we apply for the visa then you comply with whatever requirements the United States imposes on visa applicants. I am not aware of any onerous or special conditions applied to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago at this time,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, March 9, 2017 11:37:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert explained : “It should be noted that a deferred tax asset is treated as an asset in a balance sheet, rather than as a liability, as it is retained for the purpose of reducing income tax expense in future years. However, if a deferred tax asset remains unusable or it cannot be reasonably determined when it can be used, as in this case, it needs to be written off the balance sheet. It can be gradually brought back into the books whenever profitability occurs,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, March 7, 2017 9:56:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “When added, this equates to published losses of $1.9 billion over the last three years,” External link

newsday-tt Tuesday, March 7, 2017 9:14:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert replied : “Even with all my power, I can’t see how that question is related,” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, March 4, 2017 6:40:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert added ( about James Jatras ) : “He was also an aide to a former US Senator accused of lewd behaviour in a US restroom and Jatras was also criticised by US Muslims for bigoted remarks about Islam,” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, February 25, 2017 10:32:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert declared : “Based on the last communication I had with the United States which is last week, the United States has informed me...that is the United States Embassy has informed me that in all their communications with the US Treasury, there has been no change to the the United States’ position on the implementation of FATCA and on the requirement for compliance by this country with all of the positions of the inter-governmental agreement,” External link

newsday-tt Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:23:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “I hope we can pass this today to avoid damage to the financial sector that could flow,” External link

Triniad-guardian Tuesday, February 14, 2017 7:58:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “Even if we pass this legislation today, we have a very short window between today and September to put all the mechanisms in place,” “We already have an extremely tight deadline and the reason why we avoided sanctions in September 2016 is because we submitted to the US an action plan which included the passage of the legislation in this month of February and all of these other consequential activities by the Central Bank, commercial banks and the financial institutions,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, February 14, 2017 6:18:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert declared : “I’m not going to say that,” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, February 11, 2017 12:11:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “These are the kinds of things as a country we need to look at. Not all this rhetoric of retrenching 3,000 workers,” External link

newsday-tt Thursday, February 9, 2017 11:05:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “The Government gets its profits based on the sale price of LNG when the company sells it to the affiliated company at the low price, not at the market price, and therefore Trinidad and Tobago is robbed of income. There is a strong belief that this is happening,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, January 28, 2017 6:47:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “At the time of the budget, public servants are working on estimates because they would not have had the data for the last two or three weeks for the fiscal year, so they’re doing estimated projections,” External link

Triniad-guardian Monday, January 23, 2017 7:21:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “The Government of Trinidad and Tobago does not intend to finance that five per cent settlement,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 2:59:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “the behaviour of the parliamentary Opposition” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:56:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “I had recently purchased (online) an item that cost US$20. I thought it was appropriate to do so. And I noticed on my invoice from the company, I saw VAT, Customs duty and online tax printed on my invoice. I think it would take some time for people to get accustomed to the system. Of course there would be attempts at avoidance. People will try to cheat and try to undervalue the goods to avoid paying the taxes. And what this has done for us, what it has assisted the Government in terms of revenue collection, is to put a greater focus and spotlight on goods purchased and brought into Trinidad by air through skyboxes and other air couriers and allowed us to look at the efficiency of tax collection” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:32:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert added : “A lot of people bring in items and value them as zero. If you look at the invoice, you actually see the declared value (being) zero. And quite a number of people have been getting away with that. So this (tax) has helped us to improve the efficiency of revenue collection” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:32:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “We trying to change the way in which our oil and gas fiscal regime works so that we would achieve two objectives- motivate investors companies to get involved in exploration and development while we maximise our return from the petroleum sector,” “Our oil and gas fiscal regime has been with us for many years and comes in two types, we have the standard exploration production license where taxation is based on petroleum profits tax, supplementary profits tax oil levy and then there is the production sharing license where after the company has recovered its expenses, the production shared between the government and the company,” External link

newsday-tt Monday, January 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert noted : “moving swiftly to finalise the gas supply contracts” External link

newsday-tt Monday, January 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “This new production and other project that BP have in such as the Trinidad Onshore Compression Project is due to come on-stream I’m told in a couple months, in April 2017 will help us, in no small way to stabilise the current gas supply situation,” “It won’t solve our problem but we have another project which I expect BP will reach agreement with the government soon, that the Angelin platform, together with Juniper and Angelin together and the other developments you have planned, such as the pipeline from the Dragon field in Venezuela which is progressing very well, I’m told and we expect to get gas from there I would say in a couple years, I understand there are no facilities onshore in Venezuela to receive gas from Dragon so as soon as Dragon comes on stream and the pipeline is constructed we should be able to access gas from Dragon,” External link

newsday-tt Monday, January 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “The way the SPT works is that it kicks in immediately at $50 so you have a situation where a company generally the smaller to medium sized company, can be profitable at $49 but as oil crosses $50 and goes into $52 and 53 and 55, the company has told us that they actually make less money between $50 and $60,” External link

newsday-tt Monday, January 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert asked : “Did you ever hear more absurdity?” External link

newsday-tt Saturday, January 7, 2017 8:24:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “When this matter goes to the JSC it returns here on February 3... and I want to signal to the members Opposite, it still has to go to the Senate afterwards, so in order to meet our February deadline we will be taking the vote when the report of the Joint Select Committee returns to this Parliament,” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, January 7, 2017 7:20:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “The public is assured of a continuity of fuel supply,” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, January 7, 2017 7:20:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “Again, I think this matter is being blown out of proportion. Throughout the matters that are currently before the Industrial Court and the conciliation meetings held at the Ministry of Labour, the negotiating teams were led by the vice president of Human Resources of Petrotrin. I believe there may have been a misunderstanding with respect to the meeting in question,” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, January 7, 2017 7:20:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “We are not playing. They want a joint select committee, they want it, they are blackmailing the country and holding the country to ransom with their vote. That is how they see politics, they want the joint select, well you getting it…and we will come back here in the public interest, in the national interest within 21 days…and we are putting this matter to the vote,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 6, 2017 11:39:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert declared : “I appeal to them again as I appealed in the past -I appeal to the members opposite again -come downstairs. Come inside!” External link

newsday-tt Sunday, January 1, 2017 9:21:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert added : “This procedure has been in place for over 20 years,” External link

newsday-tt Saturday, December 24, 2016 10:07:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “In the US, as the top marginal rate grew, growth grew. That is fact, not speculation,” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, December 21, 2016 9:35:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert responded : "The President of ATR Americas is currently meeting with the Caribbean Airlines team," "And in addition Caribbean Airlines has obtained from the aircraft manufacturers, the required support to get the aircraft back into service in the shortest time frame" External link

tv6tnt Tuesday, December 20, 2016 7:38:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “So Cabinet took the decision to regularise this situation and make the duty on wine, the same for all types of wine,” External link

newsday-tt Tuesday, December 20, 2016 9:21:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said ( about Kamla Persad Bissessar ) : “The record will show that the former PP government headed by Mrs Persad-Bissessar agreed in May 2013, by way of a Cabinet decision, to sign the FATCA agreement with the USA before the end of 2013. This underscores the fact that the former PP government was fully aware of the requirements of FATCA since 2013,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, December 14, 2016 7:37:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert asked : “What kind of country is this?” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, December 12, 2016 10:38:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “His intervention has taken a lot of pressure off of me,” External link

Triniad-guardian Friday, December 9, 2016 7:36:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert added : “We put a self imposed deadline on ourselves. Then between then and September we will have to implement the legislation,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, December 9, 2016 4:56:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “These discussions are sensitive and complex and negotiations of this nature should not be conducted in the newspapers” External link

Triniad-guardian Wednesday, November 23, 2016 5:53:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said ( about Wade Mark ) : “And it is a local government election and he is just trying to scare people. That is my opinion... it is typical Wade Mark. Just trying to grab attention, trying to make a sound bite and trying to create confusion during a local government election” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, November 17, 2016 5:45:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “This lady, she has gone crazy,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, November 17, 2016 5:45:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “I spoke on Monday about the wife of the Finance Minister receiving contracts from HDC, tonight I’m going to tell you about another wife receiving contracts. It leads you to ask, are the ministers hiding behind their wives?” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, November 17, 2016 5:45:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “During that conference (last Wednesday) I made certain statements and, on reflection, having reviewed and looked...at the tape of the comments that I made, and the manner in which I made them, I realise that this would have upset a lot of people and therefore I take this opportunity to unreservedly apologise to all” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, November 10, 2016 6:23:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
finance minister43.24%EN12/06/201706/12/2017
minister40.45%EN12/06/201706/12/2017
minister of finance6.47%EN11/29/201729/11/2017
colleague0.09%EN10/28/201728/10/2017
attorney general0.18%EN10/07/201707/10/2017
prime minister1.77%EN09/11/201711/09/2017
sports minister0.04%EN08/15/201715/08/2017
tourism minister0.04%EN08/05/201705/08/2017
mp4.74%EN07/11/201711/07/2017
planning minister0.04%EN05/28/201728/05/2017
member0.04%EN04/25/201725/04/2017
energy minister0.49%EN02/14/201714/02/2017
acting energy minister0.44%EN02/14/201714/02/2017
minister of finance of trinidad and tobago0.04%EN02/04/201704/02/2017
current minister of finance0.22%EN01/26/201726/01/2017
acting minister of energy0.13%EN01/25/201725/01/2017
minister of energy0.13%EN01/25/201725/01/2017
chairman sangre grande regional corporation0.04%EN12/16/201616/12/2016
new finance minister0.04%EN10/15/201615/10/2016
engineer0.04%EN10/13/201613/10/2016
earlier finance minister0.04%EN09/22/201622/09/2016
committee and finance minister0.04%EN09/21/201621/09/2016
works and transport minister0.09%EN09/11/201611/09/2016
economist0.27%EN09/01/201601/09/2016
agriculture minister0.09%EN07/26/201626/07/2016
minister of works and transport0.04%EN07/24/201624/07/2016
lieutenant0.09%EN07/09/201609/07/2016
acting foreign affairs minister0.13%EN06/18/201618/06/2016
committee chairman0.04%EN06/03/201603/06/2016
opposition mp0.40%EN10/01/201301/10/2013
Names Lang Count
Colm ImbertEN100.00%


 
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Reginald Dumas asked ( about Colm Imbert ) : "But if the figures are not accurate, then what is the Minister of Finance (Colm Imbert) to do?" "I don't know on what basis these budget statements by the THA are being done and what relevance they have in reality. I don't know about the quality of the statistics that they use" External link

newsday-tt Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:41:00 PM EAT

Bhoe Tewarie said ( about Colm Imbert ) : “He (Imbert) should have a good read to find out where the country is at this time,” External link

newsday-tt Sunday, January 20, 2019 12:28:00 AM EAT

Ancel Roget said ( about Colm Imbert ) : “What happens at Petrotrin is vital to the rest of Trinidad and Tobago. At the end of that marathon session between OWTU and Petrotrin, conciliated at the Ministry of Labour, we are today nowhere closer to a settlement. We thought that he (Imbert) would have sent them with a position to close these negotiations, and no such approach was taken” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 4:21:00 AM EAT

David Lee said ( about Colm Imbert ) : “why did the Government renege on a commitment made by Finance Minister Colm Imbert on September 9 this year for a Joint Select Committee to review the legislation...Why does the Government want to hold the country to ransom ?” External link

Triniad-guardian Friday, December 23, 2016 1:59:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said ( about Colm Imbert ) : “We have evidence of rats in the building. Several people had failed the tests. I have the results here where their respiratory system was compromised. They have complained vehemently to management regarding their health challenges,” “We are calling upon them to do a thorough investigation. We are calling upon Imbert to refrain from spewing falsehoods. We are pleading with him to take the health of workers seriously,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, November 17, 2016 5:45:00 AM EAT

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Colm Imbert said : “It is perhaps the most pressing issue that we have to deal with, since our population has been conditioned over the years to expect the Government to provide them with an HDC house at a discount price,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 22, 2020 3:51:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “We have also found ourselves in a situation where with creeping upward movement, it now costs the Government almost $1 million to build an HDC house and the population expects to be given this house for $500,000 or less. To compound the problem, many of the applicants for housing simply cannot qualify to purchase a HDC house, because they just do not have the means,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 22, 2020 3:51:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “A feature of the programme is that small builders will not be burdened with the requirement to tender for these houses, but instead, will simply have to qualify to participate in the programme,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 22, 2020 3:51:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “the Public Procurement Regulations are made by the Minister on the recommendation of the Office of Procurement Regulation” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:45:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “In making regulations under any legislation, a minister is required to ensure that these regulations are lawful and are consistent with the intent and purpose of the parent legislation and the public interest. If a Minister were to do otherwise, he or she would be in breach of his oath of office,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:45:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “Natural gas production, the key to economic growth in Trinidad and Tobago, has continued an upward trend, projected to reach an average of 3.8 bscf per day in 2019” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, December 29, 2019 4:39:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert promised : “in the first quarter of calendar 2019” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, December 29, 2019 4:39:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “This may require some reflection in the future, to see whether we should amend the law to give the Central Bank the power to fix fees for these routine transactions,” “However, that could be construed as interference in the business of the banking sector” External link

cnc3 Friday, December 13, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert added : "Some are finding it difficult to fill out a source of funds declaration and that's a challenge for the banks. If they say they got it from savings, it's proving a challenge. In cases like that persons will be advised to go to the Central Bank to change the notes" External link

cnc3 Thursday, December 12, 2019 11:23:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert noted : "We are being advised by counsel every step of the way and there is a crime of tipping off," External link

cnc3 Thursday, December 12, 2019 11:23:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “Unipet was given fuel in good faith by Paria, Unipet declined to pay for fuel and owed Paria $172 million as of a couple of weeks ago. Paria and Unipet met and Unipet agreed to make a part payment of $68 million. However it only made a payment of $64 million and it has still declined to sign any written arrangement with Paria. And it now owes Paria in excess of $100 million for fuel supplied without any written agreement,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, December 6, 2019 6:24:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert told : “Indeed, 25 years after we got ourselves out of an IMF programme, we were advised to embrace the same old sterile measures from 1990, focused on contraction without due consideration of the short- and long-term adverse effects on our citizens,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, November 26, 2019 5:38:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “it is a pleasure to work with CAF to implement key infrastructure projects and assure fiscal stability in Trinidad and Tobago” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, November 25, 2019 11:08:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “No longer do we have to prop up Caribbean Airlines, no longer do we have to bail them out,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, November 25, 2019 4:44:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “This Government is going to give daily-paid workers a pension. I am meeting with the National Union of Government and Federated Workers (NUGFW) next week (this week) to start the discussion on the mechanism for introducing a minimum pension for daily-paid workers in 2020,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, November 25, 2019 4:44:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “That was his claim to fame, he wanted to spend $400 million on a plane,” “The same fella also spent US$18 million on chartering two cruise ships. That is how he runs the economy” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, November 16, 2019 5:53:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “This excludes the funds which will be received from the sale of the traditional portfolio. We are now in the process of analysing the remaining debt to be repaid by CLICO and CL Financial,” External link

nationnews Friday, October 25, 2019 12:54:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “And if I take two things, I would take the increase in the minimum wage on the lower end, and I will take the VAT bonds at the upper end, and all of the things in between,” “And we still have next year. Even with the way the Parliamentary schedule is, there may not be a full budget next year. There is still the opportunity in the mid-year review to make some adjustments and to do some more things that would boost the productive sector” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, October 8, 2019 9:17:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert announced : “Those of you in the tourism business would know that the Apple Leisure Group is the largest charter airline operator in the United States. It is the largest vertically-integrated vacation resort company and it will bring Tobago, once the negotiations are successful, not only a world class brand but it will also bring airlift,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, October 8, 2019 7:32:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “I would think we maybe have one more month and then we can reach a conclusion once all parties agree. We’re just fine-tuning the proposed agreement between that group and the Government. We have asked them to take over the hotel as-is-where is,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, October 8, 2019 7:32:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “We are combating these issues at community levels,” “Laventille community swimming pool is meeting the demand for aquatic sport in a major underprivileged community. Other swimming pools are being upgraded at Cocoyea, Couva and Sangre Grande. The Diego Martin Sporting Complex, a multi-purpose, multi-sport facility, is already being used by the surrounding communities, clubs and associations. The Dwight Yorke Stadium (Tobago) is now a well-equipped facility meeting international standards. Other stadia, like Mahaica Oval, are being rehabilitated and would be ready to meet the needs of all athletes and the general public for recreational and competitive sport purposes” External link

newsday-tt Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:41:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “The refinery was saddled with debt, draining the revenue” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, September 29, 2019 2:38:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert says : “burdened with the requirement to come up with upfront cash immediately,” External link

trinidadexpress Sunday, September 29, 2019 2:38:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : "Vehicle sales continue to charge along at an average rate of over 25,000 new registrations per year, with the total number of vehicles now well over the one million mark," External link

cnc3 Tuesday, May 14, 2019 12:29:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : "In stark contrast to the mantra of doom and gloom, our local banks are enjoying unprecedented growth in income and profits. Republic Bank, for example, has increased its annual profits after tax from $1.17 billion in 2015 to $1.32 billion in 2018, an increase of 13%, with its total assets moving from $66 billion to $70 billion. Not to be left behind, First Citizens Bank has increased its profits after tax from $630 million in 2015 to $674 million in 2018, an increase of 7%. FCB’s total assets also increased from $37.5 billion to $42 billion over the period" External link

cnc3 Tuesday, May 14, 2019 12:29:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : "We see no need whatsoever to impose any additional burdens on the population," External link

cnc3 Monday, May 13, 2019 10:24:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “The total number of shares held by NCBGHL in GHL will, after acquisition of the additional amount of shares, increase to up to 143,777,991 shares of GHL, representing 61.99 per cent of the total issued and outstanding shares in the company,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 30, 2019 5:39:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “The Minister of Finance welcomes this direct foreign investment in our local financial services sector, especially by a company with Caribbean connections, and wishes all concerned all the best in their future endeavours,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 30, 2019 6:25:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “If you look at the ownership of the NCB, there is one company in Trinidad that is owned by a company in Jamaica that is owned by a company in Barbados that is owned by companies in Canada. If you follow all the way back, then you will see that NCB is under the control of foreigners, non-Caricom citizens,” “Therefore, the actual investor is Portland Holdings, a Canadian company. So NCB is a foreign investor within the meaning of the act and requires a licence. There is no real problem or issue in respect to granting a licence to NCB in that regard,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 3, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “I want to make it clear that the government is not appointing this board and that board. In fact, in the filings to the court, the liquidators are the ones appointing the boards of the various subsidiaries of (CLICO) and that should be known by all these magnates, all these tycoons and so on,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 31, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “this has been widely publicised in the print and electronic media” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 31, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “All of the other members of the board of all the subsidiaries have been appointed by the liquidators, the Government has not been running these companies. That is a farcical and absurd statement,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 31, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “I want to make it clear that the government is not appointing this board and that board. In fact, in the filings to the court the liquidators are the ones appointing the boards of the various subsidiaries of (CLICO) and that should be known by all these magnates, all these tycoons and so on,” External link

nationnews Saturday, March 30, 2019 9:04:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “this has been widely publicised in the print and electronic media” External link

nationnews Saturday, March 30, 2019 9:04:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “All of the others members of the board off all the subsidiaries have been appointed by the liquidators, the Government has not been running these companies. That is a farcical and absurd statement,” External link

nationnews Saturday, March 30, 2019 9:04:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “All of the others members of the board off all the subsidiaries have been appointed by the liquidators, the Government has not been running these companies. That is a farcical and absurd statement,” External link

newsday-tt Saturday, March 30, 2019 3:02:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert added : “In TT, the government cannot instruct nor direct the CAA. If the government were to (do that) I believe the media would be the first to say political interference. It is unlawful for a minister to tell the CAA what to do or what not to do,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, March 15, 2019 8:16:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert told : “I’m advised by the Honourable Prime Minister that his test procedures went very well,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, March 15, 2019 1:19:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “Nothing can be further from the truth,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 20, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “This matter is therefore still being engaged by all parties,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 20, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : "The EU has arbitrarily and unilaterally included us and the US on this so-called blacklist. We do not agree" External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:03:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert told : “We are continuing with the airport and marina project and other Tobago projects. We are not stopping,” External link

newsday-tt Tuesday, February 5, 2019 9:09:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “Within this framework, the Sandals Golden Grove Tobago Project represents a major turning point for the economy of Tobago. The Sandals and Beaches Resort will be built at Buccoo/Golden Grove,” External link

nationnews Thursday, January 24, 2019 12:06:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “That’s why we are building it,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 17, 2019 5:58:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : "The PNM has a history of calling elections on time," External link

newsday-tt Friday, January 11, 2019 12:07:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “In the circumstances, and especially in view of our current difficult economic situation, it was felt that it was not appropriate to spend $3 million of taxpayers' funds on this event,” External link

trinidadexpress Friday, November 24, 2017 7:40:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “In pursing foreign direct investment Trinidad and Tobago must compete with investment opportunities in other countries to attract a share of the limited exploration and development funds available,” External link

sunstkitts Friday, October 20, 2017 3:10:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “We are of the view that the licences and the penalties for operating a private hospital . . . are far too low,” External link

sunstkitts Friday, October 20, 2017 3:10:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “Barack Obama then came to the podium after listening to this dissertation from Daniel Ortega and said 'I didn't come here to listen to sterile debate or academic discussions'. And that is what I would say, I didn't come here to listen to sterile debate or academic discussions,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, October 4, 2017 10:11:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : "I notice the banks are angry with the imposition of tax of 35 percent on them but we have to spread the adjustment. The economy is in a recession. People are losing their jobs and banks are posting profits of $1.2 billion a year. I'm sorry but we have to spread the adjustment," External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, October 3, 2017 7:25:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “The State, and by extension taxpayers, can save the Treasury $400,000 per housing unit, since the cost to the State will now be in the vicinity of $100,000 per unit, instead of the current net cost to the HDC of $500,000 per unit. This should allow us to quadruple the current production of affordable housing, once [the programme is] fully implemented,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, October 3, 2017 7:52:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “We are putting in place the sports commission for T&T and developing requisite legislation which will address issues such as sports event management, sports dispute resolution and the management of national sporting bodies,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, October 3, 2017 5:45:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “We would appeal to the private sector and all citizens to expand their support for sporting activities on a sustained basis both through attendance at events as well as financing programmes in order to play their part in the national effort,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, October 3, 2017 5:45:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “We don’t ignore these things but don’t overreact to them as well,” “We have taken note of everything published. We read everything in the papers everyday. We internalise it, digest it” External link

newsday-tt Saturday, September 9, 2017 10:34:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “Antigua is a little distance from us...so it is not as simple as that. But I expect that citizens of Trinidad and Tobago will assist wherever they can, in the usual way that they operate and start to put together a relief effort to send whatever supplies they can to the citizen of Antigua and Barbuda” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, September 9, 2017 1:05:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “We are grateful that some of the islands under threat yesterday were spared, in large measure, from the full force of the hurricane. We are also cognisant of the fact that others were severely battered and are still assessing their losses,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, September 7, 2017 7:12:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “Triumph on the world stage, claiming victory for our nation and bringing pride to the people of Trinidad and Tobago,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, August 15, 2017 6:01:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “All the athletes who represented Trinidad and Tobago would have undoubtedly exercised discipline, trained hard and sacrificed much to get to this point and must be commended. Winning gold at a World Championship is a most outstanding achievement. The Government joins the people of Trinidad and Tobago in congratulating the men's 4x400 metre team,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, August 15, 2017 6:01:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “And all of the money it received from these sales went into CL World Brands and then flowed back into CLF and then was used by the shareholders for other purpose. The funny thing is that the money to purchase all of these companies came from the policyholders... and this is why this company found itself in so much trouble because having used policyholders' money to make these investments and then the investments didn't work out, this is why the CL group found itself in much difficulty in the 2008/2009 period,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, August 7, 2017 8:11:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “What on earth went on with CL world Brands and Angostura dividends, what went on there, where did the money come from? Where did it go? How come it wasn't being distributed in proportion to the ownership of CL World Brands and so on, how come all of it, 100 per cent was going to CLF? Why is it the people who represent the shareholders are saying that CL World Brands is 100 per cent owned by CLF, when the documents say �otherwise?” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, August 7, 2017 8:11:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “They (liquidators) will ultimately be reporting to the court as to what really happened with CL World Brands and the monies it received and the money that was spent and where did it go,” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, August 7, 2017 8:11:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated ( about Peter Permell ) : “Further, in May 2012, in full and final settlement, Permell also relinquished all claims to these policies and signed a clear and unequivocal waiver of all future claims against Clico with respect to these policies,” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, August 5, 2017 6:20:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “The Companies Registry is a public forum. The records of all companies, whether private or public are available for any member of the public to scrutinise, either by walking in or going online” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, August 5, 2017 6:20:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “The shares were transferred at a value of $99. So Dalco is the owner of 26 per cent of CL Financial which, according to Mr Reis, is worth $40 billion. So 26 per cent of $40 billion is $10 billion stamp duty and a transfer of shares worth $10 billion is $50 million,” “The transfer of shares worth $99 stamp duty is 50 cents. The Finance Ministry will be investigating this matter to see why the company that is purportedly valued by one of its owners at $40 billion...why the shares were transferred for $99 dollars instead at a rate of $10 million..attracting stamp duty of $50 million” External link

Triniad-guardian Friday, August 4, 2017 8:54:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “We need to see how is it possible for this billion dollar company to be valued at only $99,” External link

Triniad-guardian Friday, August 4, 2017 8:54:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “Rumpro is owned 100 per cent by a company called CL World Brands incorporated in Scotland and by a series of declarations of trust and transfers for money received, CL World Brands is owned 42 per cent by Colonial Life, 38 per cent by CL Financial and 20 per cent by Clico Investment Bank,” External link

Triniad-guardian Friday, August 4, 2017 8:54:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “All that is fine. There is one little problem. That the shares were transferred at a value of $99,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, August 4, 2017 8:38:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert promised : “As soon as the audited accounts are available, they will be made public,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, August 4, 2017 8:38:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “But there is no valuation of those two parcels of land. This is the important thing,” External link

Triniad-guardian Friday, August 4, 2017 7:46:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert told : “Just to clarify, while it is clear that $1.1 billion was taken out of CL World Brands and ‘lent’ to CL Financial, and while it is clear that some of that money came from Angostura, Angostura may not have been the only source from the CLF group of funds for CL World Brands,” External link

Triniad-guardian Sunday, July 30, 2017 6:04:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert told : “There are no adverse consequences for T&T citizens as far as I’m aware with respect to travel to the US,” External link

stabroeknews Thursday, March 9, 2017 5:19:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert explained : “If you were a citizen of a country in that group, you could have entered the US without a visa once you go through the paper work needed to get a visa waiver,” “Yorke sought to enter the US with his UK passport, not as a T&T citizen, and unfortunately for him, under the Obama administration in 2009 a US law was passed indicating that if you travelled to certain countries and certain ones in the Middle East, your visa waiver would no longer apply and you would have to apply for a visa like people who aren’t part of the visa waiver programme” External link

stabroeknews Thursday, March 9, 2017 5:19:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “I just want to reinforce that there are no adverse consequences for citizens of Trinidad and Tobago that I am aware of with respect to travel to the United States,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, March 9, 2017 11:37:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert responded : “We have to apply for a visa in the normal course of things, we are not automatically allowed entry into the United States...so when we apply for the visa then you comply with whatever requirements the United States imposes on visa applicants. I am not aware of any onerous or special conditions applied to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago at this time,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, March 9, 2017 11:37:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert explained : “It should be noted that a deferred tax asset is treated as an asset in a balance sheet, rather than as a liability, as it is retained for the purpose of reducing income tax expense in future years. However, if a deferred tax asset remains unusable or it cannot be reasonably determined when it can be used, as in this case, it needs to be written off the balance sheet. It can be gradually brought back into the books whenever profitability occurs,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, March 7, 2017 9:56:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “When added, this equates to published losses of $1.9 billion over the last three years,” External link

newsday-tt Tuesday, March 7, 2017 9:14:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert replied : “Even with all my power, I can’t see how that question is related,” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, March 4, 2017 6:40:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert added ( about James Jatras ) : “He was also an aide to a former US Senator accused of lewd behaviour in a US restroom and Jatras was also criticised by US Muslims for bigoted remarks about Islam,” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, February 25, 2017 10:32:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert declared : “Based on the last communication I had with the United States which is last week, the United States has informed me...that is the United States Embassy has informed me that in all their communications with the US Treasury, there has been no change to the the United States’ position on the implementation of FATCA and on the requirement for compliance by this country with all of the positions of the inter-governmental agreement,” External link

newsday-tt Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:23:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “I hope we can pass this today to avoid damage to the financial sector that could flow,” External link

Triniad-guardian Tuesday, February 14, 2017 7:58:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “Even if we pass this legislation today, we have a very short window between today and September to put all the mechanisms in place,” “We already have an extremely tight deadline and the reason why we avoided sanctions in September 2016 is because we submitted to the US an action plan which included the passage of the legislation in this month of February and all of these other consequential activities by the Central Bank, commercial banks and the financial institutions,” External link

trinidadexpress Tuesday, February 14, 2017 6:18:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert declared : “I’m not going to say that,” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, February 11, 2017 12:11:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “These are the kinds of things as a country we need to look at. Not all this rhetoric of retrenching 3,000 workers,” External link

newsday-tt Thursday, February 9, 2017 11:05:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “The Government gets its profits based on the sale price of LNG when the company sells it to the affiliated company at the low price, not at the market price, and therefore Trinidad and Tobago is robbed of income. There is a strong belief that this is happening,” External link

trinidadexpress Saturday, January 28, 2017 6:47:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “At the time of the budget, public servants are working on estimates because they would not have had the data for the last two or three weeks for the fiscal year, so they’re doing estimated projections,” External link

Triniad-guardian Monday, January 23, 2017 7:21:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “The Government of Trinidad and Tobago does not intend to finance that five per cent settlement,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 2:59:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “the behaviour of the parliamentary Opposition” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:56:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “I had recently purchased (online) an item that cost US$20. I thought it was appropriate to do so. And I noticed on my invoice from the company, I saw VAT, Customs duty and online tax printed on my invoice. I think it would take some time for people to get accustomed to the system. Of course there would be attempts at avoidance. People will try to cheat and try to undervalue the goods to avoid paying the taxes. And what this has done for us, what it has assisted the Government in terms of revenue collection, is to put a greater focus and spotlight on goods purchased and brought into Trinidad by air through skyboxes and other air couriers and allowed us to look at the efficiency of tax collection” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:32:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert added : “A lot of people bring in items and value them as zero. If you look at the invoice, you actually see the declared value (being) zero. And quite a number of people have been getting away with that. So this (tax) has helped us to improve the efficiency of revenue collection” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:32:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “We trying to change the way in which our oil and gas fiscal regime works so that we would achieve two objectives- motivate investors companies to get involved in exploration and development while we maximise our return from the petroleum sector,” “Our oil and gas fiscal regime has been with us for many years and comes in two types, we have the standard exploration production license where taxation is based on petroleum profits tax, supplementary profits tax oil levy and then there is the production sharing license where after the company has recovered its expenses, the production shared between the government and the company,” External link

newsday-tt Monday, January 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert noted : “moving swiftly to finalise the gas supply contracts” External link

newsday-tt Monday, January 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “This new production and other project that BP have in such as the Trinidad Onshore Compression Project is due to come on-stream I’m told in a couple months, in April 2017 will help us, in no small way to stabilise the current gas supply situation,” “It won’t solve our problem but we have another project which I expect BP will reach agreement with the government soon, that the Angelin platform, together with Juniper and Angelin together and the other developments you have planned, such as the pipeline from the Dragon field in Venezuela which is progressing very well, I’m told and we expect to get gas from there I would say in a couple years, I understand there are no facilities onshore in Venezuela to receive gas from Dragon so as soon as Dragon comes on stream and the pipeline is constructed we should be able to access gas from Dragon,” External link

newsday-tt Monday, January 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “The way the SPT works is that it kicks in immediately at $50 so you have a situation where a company generally the smaller to medium sized company, can be profitable at $49 but as oil crosses $50 and goes into $52 and 53 and 55, the company has told us that they actually make less money between $50 and $60,” External link

newsday-tt Monday, January 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert asked : “Did you ever hear more absurdity?” External link

newsday-tt Saturday, January 7, 2017 8:24:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “When this matter goes to the JSC it returns here on February 3... and I want to signal to the members Opposite, it still has to go to the Senate afterwards, so in order to meet our February deadline we will be taking the vote when the report of the Joint Select Committee returns to this Parliament,” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, January 7, 2017 7:20:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “The public is assured of a continuity of fuel supply,” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, January 7, 2017 7:20:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “Again, I think this matter is being blown out of proportion. Throughout the matters that are currently before the Industrial Court and the conciliation meetings held at the Ministry of Labour, the negotiating teams were led by the vice president of Human Resources of Petrotrin. I believe there may have been a misunderstanding with respect to the meeting in question,” External link

Triniad-guardian Saturday, January 7, 2017 7:20:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “We are not playing. They want a joint select committee, they want it, they are blackmailing the country and holding the country to ransom with their vote. That is how they see politics, they want the joint select, well you getting it…and we will come back here in the public interest, in the national interest within 21 days…and we are putting this matter to the vote,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 6, 2017 11:39:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert declared : “I appeal to them again as I appealed in the past -I appeal to the members opposite again -come downstairs. Come inside!” External link

newsday-tt Sunday, January 1, 2017 9:21:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert added : “This procedure has been in place for over 20 years,” External link

newsday-tt Saturday, December 24, 2016 10:07:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “In the US, as the top marginal rate grew, growth grew. That is fact, not speculation,” External link

newsday-tt Wednesday, December 21, 2016 9:35:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert responded : "The President of ATR Americas is currently meeting with the Caribbean Airlines team," "And in addition Caribbean Airlines has obtained from the aircraft manufacturers, the required support to get the aircraft back into service in the shortest time frame" External link

tv6tnt Tuesday, December 20, 2016 7:38:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “So Cabinet took the decision to regularise this situation and make the duty on wine, the same for all types of wine,” External link

newsday-tt Tuesday, December 20, 2016 9:21:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said ( about Kamla Persad Bissessar ) : “The record will show that the former PP government headed by Mrs Persad-Bissessar agreed in May 2013, by way of a Cabinet decision, to sign the FATCA agreement with the USA before the end of 2013. This underscores the fact that the former PP government was fully aware of the requirements of FATCA since 2013,” External link

trinidadexpress Wednesday, December 14, 2016 7:37:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert asked : “What kind of country is this?” External link

trinidadexpress Monday, December 12, 2016 10:38:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “His intervention has taken a lot of pressure off of me,” External link

Triniad-guardian Friday, December 9, 2016 7:36:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert added : “We put a self imposed deadline on ourselves. Then between then and September we will have to implement the legislation,” External link

newsday-tt Friday, December 9, 2016 4:56:00 PM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “These discussions are sensitive and complex and negotiations of this nature should not be conducted in the newspapers” External link

Triniad-guardian Wednesday, November 23, 2016 5:53:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said ( about Wade Mark ) : “And it is a local government election and he is just trying to scare people. That is my opinion... it is typical Wade Mark. Just trying to grab attention, trying to make a sound bite and trying to create confusion during a local government election” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, November 17, 2016 5:45:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “This lady, she has gone crazy,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, November 17, 2016 5:45:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert said : “I spoke on Monday about the wife of the Finance Minister receiving contracts from HDC, tonight I’m going to tell you about another wife receiving contracts. It leads you to ask, are the ministers hiding behind their wives?” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, November 17, 2016 5:45:00 AM EAT

Colm Imbert stated : “During that conference (last Wednesday) I made certain statements and, on reflection, having reviewed and looked...at the tape of the comments that I made, and the manner in which I made them, I realise that this would have upset a lot of people and therefore I take this opportunity to unreservedly apologise to all” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, November 10, 2016 6:23:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
finance minister43.24%EN12/06/201706/12/2017
minister40.45%EN12/06/201706/12/2017
minister of finance6.47%EN11/29/201729/11/2017
colleague0.09%EN10/28/201728/10/2017
attorney general0.18%EN10/07/201707/10/2017
prime minister1.77%EN09/11/201711/09/2017
sports minister0.04%EN08/15/201715/08/2017
tourism minister0.04%EN08/05/201705/08/2017
mp4.74%EN07/11/201711/07/2017
planning minister0.04%EN05/28/201728/05/2017
member0.04%EN04/25/201725/04/2017
energy minister0.49%EN02/14/201714/02/2017
acting energy minister0.44%EN02/14/201714/02/2017
minister of finance of trinidad and tobago0.04%EN02/04/201704/02/2017
current minister of finance0.22%EN01/26/201726/01/2017
acting minister of energy0.13%EN01/25/201725/01/2017
minister of energy0.13%EN01/25/201725/01/2017
chairman sangre grande regional corporation0.04%EN12/16/201616/12/2016
new finance minister0.04%EN10/15/201615/10/2016
engineer0.04%EN10/13/201613/10/2016
earlier finance minister0.04%EN09/22/201622/09/2016
committee and finance minister0.04%EN09/21/201621/09/2016
works and transport minister0.09%EN09/11/201611/09/2016
economist0.27%EN09/01/201601/09/2016
agriculture minister0.09%EN07/26/201626/07/2016
minister of works and transport0.04%EN07/24/201624/07/2016
lieutenant0.09%EN07/09/201609/07/2016
acting foreign affairs minister0.13%EN06/18/201618/06/2016
committee chairman0.04%EN06/03/201603/06/2016
opposition mp0.40%EN10/01/201301/10/2013
Names Lang Count
Colm ImbertEN100.00%


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Reginald Dumas asked ( about Colm Imbert ) : "But if the figures are not accurate, then what is the Minister of Finance (Colm Imbert) to do?" "I don't know on what basis these budget statements by the THA are being done and what relevance they have in reality. I don't know about the quality of the statistics that they use" External link

newsday-tt Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:41:00 PM EAT

Bhoe Tewarie said ( about Colm Imbert ) : “He (Imbert) should have a good read to find out where the country is at this time,” External link

newsday-tt Sunday, January 20, 2019 12:28:00 AM EAT

Ancel Roget said ( about Colm Imbert ) : “What happens at Petrotrin is vital to the rest of Trinidad and Tobago. At the end of that marathon session between OWTU and Petrotrin, conciliated at the Ministry of Labour, we are today nowhere closer to a settlement. We thought that he (Imbert) would have sent them with a position to close these negotiations, and no such approach was taken” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, January 19, 2017 4:21:00 AM EAT

David Lee said ( about Colm Imbert ) : “why did the Government renege on a commitment made by Finance Minister Colm Imbert on September 9 this year for a Joint Select Committee to review the legislation...Why does the Government want to hold the country to ransom ?” External link

Triniad-guardian Friday, December 23, 2016 1:59:00 PM EAT

Watson Duke said ( about Colm Imbert ) : “We have evidence of rats in the building. Several people had failed the tests. I have the results here where their respiratory system was compromised. They have complained vehemently to management regarding their health challenges,” “We are calling upon them to do a thorough investigation. We are calling upon Imbert to refrain from spewing falsehoods. We are pleading with him to take the health of workers seriously,” External link

trinidadexpress Thursday, November 17, 2016 5:45:00 AM EAT