Trade and Industry Minister, Senator Paula Gopee-Scoon, has added her voice to the national initiative to applaud all frontline essential employees.

In an official statement issued today, Minister Gopee-Scoon extended her appreciation to all workers in the medical industry and those involved in sustaining the country’s commercial activities, whom she described as responding “selflessly to the global COVID-19 pandemic”.

The Minister also sent out special applause to the port workers, as well as those who work  in other border agencies such as the Customs and Excise Division, Trade Licence Unit, Plant Quarantine Services, Chemistry Food and Drugs Division and Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards. She noted that they are working to ensure the country’s exports and imports of essential items are being delivered and received locally and regionally, and the ferry and cargo service remain operational to serve the citizenry.

“I would like to commend the management of the Port for implementing stringent policies to ensure the continuation of trade operations while keeping employees health and safety as top priority,” Minister Gopee-Scoon said.

She added: “Port and border operations are indeed essential services to our country’s economic activity. As such, the commitment and dedication of management and staff to provide this service during this time must be commended”. 

Minister Gopee-Scoon called on citizens to not be despondent and reminded them to follow the guidelines from Government to help reduce COVID-19’s spread.

“Follow the guidelines as provided by our medical professionals,” she encouraged, “practice good personal hygiene and be positive and confident that Trinidad and Tobago will beat COVID-19 as we work together!”

Minister Gopee-Scoon gave assurances that the Ministry of Trade and Industry continues to execute its mandate amidst the various regulations implemented during this challenging time to protect public health.