National security, health and other agencies intend to increase the number of resources necessary in port areas like Icacos, if there’s need for it, to cope with increased numbers of Venezuelans entering T&T, Stuart Young, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, has said.

He did so at yesterday’s weekly post-Cabinet media briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair.

Young said the issue of the increased flow of Venezuelans entering T&T in places like Icacos and Cedros had been among yesterday’s Cabinet discussions.


Stuart Young, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister

He said the Ministers of National Security, Health and other arms of Government have been monitoring the situation carefully and “as time passes” and if there was need for increased resources in Cedros and some other ports, the situation would be dealt with.

He said Government was also moving forward with other issues broached at last week’s T&T-Venezuela talks. A meeting was held Wednesday between T&T and Venezuelan trade divisions on Venezuela’s request for US$50 million worth of goods.

Young said Venezuela had listed some products they wanted and Government was speaking to local manufacturers to see if that could be provided without adverse effects on T&T, since citizens were the first priority. A T&T-Venezuelan delegation also met on the Dragon Field energy field exploration.

Young also said Government could not interfere with the ongoing judicial process by Venezuelan, concerning the five T&T nationals detained there since March 2014. They are suspected of being terrorists. He, however, said T&T had asked Venezuela to expedite the process.