National Awards Ceremony 2020 Postponed Indefinitely

The Office of the President (OTP) has taken the decision to postpone the National Awards Ceremony 2020 indefinitely. The OTP has not yet received the list of persons selected to receive Awards this year and this has compromised our ability to host the Awards to the...

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Message from President Weekes on the occasion of Independence 2020

Fellow citizens, if you had to describe the year 2020 so far, I am sure that the word unusual is one that would come to mind. The novel coronavirus has caused us to make many changes to what would be our normal routines. One such change, for us as a nation, is that...

Address at the 1st Session of the 12th Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Madame President of the Senate, Madame Speaker of the House, Honourable Members of Parliament. I thank Madame Speaker for her kind invitation to address both Houses at this 1st session of the 12th Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. As the only member...

Appointment of the Leader of the Opposition

Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar S.C., M.P., today received her Instrument of Appointment as Leader of the Opposition from Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes, O.R.T.T., President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, at President’s House. The Honourable the Chief Justice,...

Swearing-in of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

At a simple but solemn ceremony characterised by strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Keith Christopher Rowley and his Cabinet took their Oaths of Office before Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes O.R.T.T., President of the Republic of...

Address at the Swearing-in of the Prime Minister and Cabinet of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

My first order of business is to congratulate you, Prime Minister, on your reappointment as Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. As a people, Trinidad and Tobago has spoken and bestowed upon you the awesome and solemn privilege of leading the Government, and by...

Process Following Receipt of Final Results from the EBC

On receipt of the final results of the General Election from the Elections and Boundaries Commission, the President will issue correspondence to begin giving effect to sections 76(1) (a) and 83 (2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, which read...

Clarification of Current Status of the Prime Minister, Ministers and Other Members of Parliament

The Office of the President notes the concerns of the general public regarding the current status of the Prime Minister, Ministers and other members of Parliament, in response to which, much incorrect information is in widespread circulation particularly on social...

Emancipation Day Message

Fellow citizens, let us not celebrate Emancipation Day 2020 as if emancipation has been altogether achieved but rather use it as a stark reminder that there are hurdles yet to be overcome. The day commemorates the anniversary of the abolition of African enslavement,...