Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles is confident that the problems currently affecting the domestic seabridge will be solved. Charles expressed this confidence in his Independence Day Message to the nation. He said the THA is, "collaborating with the central government to find long-term solutions to the air and sea bridge challenges." While he admitted these issues will not be resolved in a day, Charles stated, "We are confident that they are surmountable challenges, and that we will transcend them through our collaborative efforts and perseverance."
Given the country's limited resources, Charles said, "It is critical that we focus not only on ourselves, but on what is good for Tobago." He said people regardless of political persuasion, age or social standing, must use every opportunity to be their brothers’ keeper, giving freely of their time, resources, talents and knowledge. Describing Independence as a time for empowerment, Charles said, "Tobago’s autonomy is a priority on the assembly’s agenda." He said the THA is currently consulting with a Cabinet sub-committee regarding the draft bill on autonomy for Tobago. He said once this part of the process is completed, the draft bill will be sent to Parliament for debate.
Charles also said the THA is working to create, "stronger, long-lasting partnerships will redound to our benefit." He said these include the possibilities of public-private partnerships,"as we seek to accelerate our development programme." Charles the Assembly's recently created Tourism Agency is taking a holistic approach to improving Tobago's tourism product.
He urged Tobagonians and the rest of the population not to be distracted by negativity and naysayers as the country marks 55 years of independence today.