PNM launches Manifesto

The People's National Movement (PNM) has launched its 2015 Manifesto. 

The presentation took place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel this morning with Diego Martin North/East MP Colm Imbert flanking the party's political leader Dr Keith Rowley.


Speaking during the question and answer session of the presentation, Imbert said the manifesto is designed as a launching pad, so that should the party come to office it will be a constantly evolving document as the PNM aims to be in constant dialogue toward changing it.

Some of the highlights of the manifesto were:

* Reduction in VAT to 12.5%

* A National Health Insurance system by 2018 that can be used in both private and public institutions

* New Port South of Beetham to serve as new Port of Port-of-Spain

* Increasing the personal tax allowance to $72,000.00

* A Rural Development Ministry to tackle the needs of rural communities

* Ferry Port in Toco

* Greater Tobago representation on all state boards

* A new Tobago Airport

Dr Rowley denied allegations by the People's Partnership that the PNM would be reviving the Property Tax, saying instead that what the Partnership has done is set the tax up to come into effect from 2016, but is attempting to blame it on the PNM.

The party also promised greater co-operation with Caribbean countries in trading expertise, as part of an effort designed to revive the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) which Dr Rowley said died with the Prime Minister's statement 
"Trinidad and Tobago is not an ATM machine."

Shortly before the presentation closed, media was told the People's Partnership will be hosting a "No Rowley" campaign event at the Hyatt where the PNM presented its Manifesto.

The full document titled "Let's do this together" can be accessed here.


LGBT rights, Dr Rowley said, were not addressed in the manifesto because it requires dialogue.

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