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  1. Our Land (4/2/2015) - 10 CONCLUSION 10.1   A small State such as Trinidad & Tobago must accord a very high priority to the judicious management and utilization of its land resources or perish. All elements of land policy must be designed to ensure that these finite resources are efficiently utilized and husbanded in such a manner as to serve the … Continue reading Our Land
  2. Our Land – The Caroni case (4/18/2015) - Caroni (1975) Ltd, the loss-making sugar conglomerate which was also a State Enterprise, was closed on 1 August 2003. The Caroni estate has to be located within the wider context of our national Land Policy, if we are to make sense of what is happening. “The now-defunct Caroni (1975) Limited includes lands the size of … Continue reading Our Land – The Caroni case
  3. Our Land – The Caroni case Part 2 (5/1/2015) - The previous article outlined the size of the Caroni lands and some of the intended uses to which that land would be put. I contrasted the positions taken by UWI in 2003 and my own from 2004, with the current situation. UWI’s July 2003 Position Paper – ‘A Framework for National Development: Caroni Transformation Process‘ … Continue reading Our Land – The Caroni case Part 2
  4. Land for Everybody? (6/3/2015) - My letter to the Editor was published in the Trinidad Express on 3 June  2015 as “Protecting our patrimony.” The Editor, The government laid the State Land (Regularisation of Tenure) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, 2015 in Parliament on Friday 29 May and I am reliably informed that it is due to be approved at today’s sitting … Continue reading Land for Everybody?
  5. Our Land – Land for Everybody? (6/10/2015) - A detrimental ‘land grab’ is almost upon our country and we all need to be alert to prevent the destruction of our patrimony and prospects. The State owns most of the land in the country – recent estimates by Minister of Land & Marine Resources, Jairam Seemungal, place the proportion of State-owned land in the … Continue reading Our Land – Land for Everybody?
  6. Our Land – Land for Everybody? Part 2 (6/25/2015) - SIDEBAR: The Minister responds This is a short video (courtesy of TV6) in which the Minister of Land & Marine Resources, Jairam Seemungal, responds to questions on the occupation of State lands in Couva by SIS Ltd, one of the main financiers of the Peoples Partnership. The ‘Land for the Landless’ program, which is being … Continue reading Our Land – Land for Everybody? Part 2
  7. Our Land – The Review (9/17/2015) - “…A small State such as Trinidad & Tobago must accord a very high priority to the judicious management and utilization of its land resources or perish. All elements of land policy must be designed to ensure that these finite resources are efficiently utilized and husbanded in such a manner as to serve the long term … Continue reading Our Land – The Review
  8. AUDIO: The Showdown Show Interview, i95.5FM – 7 June 2015 (12/5/2015) - Afra Raymond is interviewed on the ‘Showdown‘ show on i95.5FM by Jennifer Baptiste-Primus and Ralph Maraj on the former PP government’s ‘Land for the Landless’ policy and bill. 7 June 2015. Audio courtesy i95.5FM Programme Date: Sunday, 7 June 2015 Programme Length: 1:13:27

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