This is one of the letters which I have written to
Prime Minister Rowley over the past 5 years.
Dear Dr. Rowley
Congratulations on your 40th month as Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Here are 12 suggestions for your government for 2018 and I am simply repeating them for 2019 in the hope that you will give this list the positive action it deserves:
- Rationalize our public holidays in order to positively impact productivity.
- Publicize the performance appraisal system for the public service so that citizens know how public servants are judged with regard to performance delivery.
- Appoint a Minister of Communication to ensure that your government’s performance is positively highlighted and brought to the attention of the citizenry.
- Have the Regional Corporations develop and implement a 6 month plan for creating “walkable cities” in their Boroughs starting simultaneously in April 2019.
- Appoint a “Social Innovation Think Tank” to report within 9 months on key social innovations projects which can be implemented across the country.
- Ensure electronic transactions become the norm at Government and State institutions.
- Begin the obesity reduction programme with our protective services especially those in leadership.
- Place a moratorium on the approval of new franchises.
- Mandate Rituals and Starbucks to use 10% local coffee and increase that usage to 60% within 5 years.
- Place a moratorium on the importation of cars. (Effective February 2018, Singapore banned the addition of cars on its roads to reduce the permitted vehicle growth rate to 0%.)
- Implement a programme to ban the use of disposable plastic cups and plates. (In September 2016 France became the first country in the world to ban disposable plastic cups and plates. A new French law will require all disposable tableware to be made from 50% biologically-sourced materials that can be composted at home by January of 2020.)
- Mandate that garbage be separated in homes for collection by specially assigned trucks on specific days.
The country and indeed your government is suffering from inertia and you are in an ideal position to fix this. As your election tag line implored: Let’s do this!”
Dennise Demming (Mrs.)
MBA, BSc., Cert-Mass Communications