Liat shareholder governments to meet in Barbados

He told a news conference that his Trinidad and Tobago counterpart was unable to attend the meeting because Parliament would be meeting on the same day.

LIAT shareholder governments are Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados and Dominica.

Gonsalves, who serves as chairman of the shareholders, said that the meeting with Prime Minister Persad Bissessar would have dealt with the ongoing concerns the regional airline has with the Trinidad and Tobago owned Caribbean Airlines (CAL).

“… I spoke with Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar inviting her to a meeting on Friday in Barbados of the shareholders of LIAT, which I will be chairing…but she has parliament on that day.

“So what I have suggested to her is that as chairman of the shareholders I will come down to Trinidad with the chairman of the board of directors, Dr. Jean Holder, and chief executive officer, Captain Ian Brunton…and other persons to talk about some issues because we want to see at the political level how we can strengthen the nexus between ourselves and CAL.”

Gonsalves has in the past said he wants to engage in discussions, not a fight with Trinidad and Tobago over the fuel subsidy Port-of-Spain provides to CAL.

In February, he told reporters he had received a legal opinion on the matter and is now seeking the talks with the Kamla Persad-Bissessar-led coalition People’s Partnership administration.

Gonsalves contends that the fuel subsidy given to CAL contravenes the treaty governing the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and that the legal opinion supports his view that the subsidy contravenes the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.

LIAT has in the past complained that it is put at a disadvantage because of the fuel subsidy provided to CAL.

Meanwhile, Gonsalves said that closer relationship between LIAT and a Venezuelan-based airline had been discussed during last weekend’s PetroCaribe meeting in Caracas and that he has reported to Captain Brunton on the outcome.

“In Venezuela, the political authorities have given the go ahead and I have reported to Captain Brunton…for a nexus between LIAT and the…Venezuelan airline. The technical people will work out the details,” he added.

Leave a Reply

error: Content is protected !!