MESSAGE TO THE NATION BY DR THE HONOURABLE KEITH ROWLEY, MP PRIME MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
ON THE OCCASION OFCHRISTMAS 2015
On behalf of the Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago, I extend warm Christmas greetings to our Christian Community and all those who share in the spirit of the Season.
Christmas is a very special time in Trinidad and Tobago. In our own unique way we have created signature music in the form of parang and parang soca to complement the festivities. Our Christmas cuisine of baked ham, pastelles, fruit cake, ginger beer, ponch de crème and sorrel delight the taste buds of locals and visitors alike.
But after the hustle and bustle of the preparations, Christmas day presents an opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of the celebrations.
Whether we choose to go to church or remain at home to receive family and friends; we should take a moment to pause and remember that today we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who in the Christian tradition, is the ultimate symbol of unconditional love, forgiveness and hope.
As a vulnerable baby lying in a manger in very modest surroundings on that first Christmas day, the image of the Christ child begs us to remember our own children and the awesome responsibility we hold as parents, guardians and mentors to protect and nurture our young people.
Two weeks ago, when my wife and I hosted the Prime Minister’s Annual Christmas Party, I saw such joy, expectation and happiness reflected on the faces of those children that I was convinced that there is no rational excuse to abuse or harm a young, innocent child.
On this Christmas Day, I want all of us, individually and collectively as a Nation, to re-commit to safeguarding our children and improving the quality of life they may enjoy in our country.
Every day, with an open heart, we must continue to share the love that is so evident at Christmas…especially with our children.
For the sake of our families, our children, our communities and our blessed country; let us learn from the messages of the Christmas story.
We recall Mary’s obedience and courage in the face of possible humiliation; we recall Joseph’s anger then his acceptance and trust in the will of God; we recall the generosity of the inn keeper, the faith of the wise men and the enduring respect and reverence of the shepherds.
So too, in our own lives, we must demonstrate that we have the courage and faith to overcome life’s trials whether they are personal matters; work-related differences or are more national in scope.
By all indications, 2016 will be another challenging year in Trinidad and Tobago. Yet, it is in how we choose to surmount what may be difficult circumstances that will demonstrate the strength of our character as individuals and as a Nation.
Attention to duty and responsibility; respect for oneself and others and above all, trust in God and the determination to do what’s right, are the traits which I hope will come to define us as a people, and Nation, as we move forward into the New Year.
I have no fear of what is to come because I have confidence in myself as a leader, I have confidence in our Government and above all, I have faith in the people of Trinidad and Tobago.
Together we have an incredible spirit of resourcefulness that will lead us positively through any rough waters we may be called upon to navigate.
Today we celebrate the birth of Christ Child. Let us take this opportunity to open ourselves to the hope and joyous expectation which surrounds this miraculous event.
From my family to yours, I wish you all a very blessed, safe and happy Christmas and a productive, peaceful and prosperous New Year.
The People's National Movement accepted an invitation from The Communist Party of China to attend its 1st Meeting of Political Parties Forum China - CELAC.
General Secretary Ashton Ford and Public Relations Officer Ronald Huggins are representing the PNM in Beijing China. The Forum is hosting Political Parties from Latin America and the Caribbean.
Ashton Ford will make a presentation on Political Parties in the 21st century at the Forum. The delegation will also participate in panel discussions on Development Paths, Poverty Reduction and China and Caribbean States Cooperation.
This event is of historical significance to the People's National Movement as Dr Eric Williams made his first visit to China as head of state 40 years ago. This was the beginning of Diplomatic Relations between Trinidad and Tobago and China.
China is hosting over 27 countries with Delegations from ruling Political Parties of Latin America and the Caribbean.
The CELAC forum will focus on collaboration among developing nations to overcome common challenges and work together on the basis of mutual benefit and mutual respect towards economic and social growth and development.
The delegation is in China at a time when Beijing has issued its first Smog Red Alert. The Forum started on Tuesday and will end on Friday.
Photo shows General Secretary, Ashton Ford addressing the forum entitled Political Parties in the 21st Century. Next to him Public Relations Officer Ronald Huggins
As we observe this Christmas season together as a Nation, may the life of Jesus Christ continue to inspire us all to express our love for one another.
Let the joy and happiness of Christmas cause us to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. One of the most famous teachings of Christ is to "love your neighbour as you love yourself" and therefore we are our brother's keeper.
In the spirit of Christmas we are thankful that there are so many people in our communities who take their time, resources and effort to selflessly host Children's Christmas parties and ensure every child has a gift. For all those who take the time to share the joy of Christmas with others we salute your actions.
Our many tasty local dishes and drinks which we over stock to ensure we have to share with others make us one of the happiest people in the world.
Be sure to be safe and responsible on the nation's roads at all times.
Our country is truly blessed and there is so much love in our way of life.
Merry Christmas from the People's National Movement.
Public Relations Officer
The People's National Movement (PNM) would like to extend heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Kamaluddin Mohammed.
We celebrate his life and contribution to the foundation and development of the PNM and by extension the people of Trinidad and Tobago.
Mr. Kamaluddin Mohammed was a founding member of the PNM. He was the last among the first Cabinet members of Trinidad and Tobago 1956 to pass away. Mr. Mohammed served as Member of Parliament for the Barataria Constituency in several Ministerial Portfolios and as acting Prime Minister.
He has served Trinidad and Tobago with distinction alongside Prime Ministers Dr. Eric Williams and George Chambers.
He successfully led both Local Government and Central Government portfolios. Mr. Mohammed will remain a mentor to many young members of the PNM and he has also earned the wide ranging respect of many persons involved in politics.
Mr. Kamaluddin Mohammed will be remembered by the People's National Movement as a person who dedicated his life to the service of others and his name will forever be etched in the halls of Balisier House as a founding member.
Public Relations Office
People’s National Movement