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Wednesday 25 April 2018
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PM: A time to reflect

INDIAN Arrival Day, is an opportunity for all of us, says Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, to reflect on our history as a nation and in determine how we may all continue to positively impact our future. In his Indian Arrival Day message, Rowley said these events have impacted every aspect of life in Trinidad and Tobago and are evident in the ethnic and cultural diversity of our people.

“It is also reflected in how we interact with each other and in our social, political and economic expectations.

Today we acknowledge and celebrate the achievements and contributions of our East Indian brothers and sisters to our country’s on-going development and success,” he said.

He said this year marks the centennial of the abolition of Indian indentureship as it was in 1917 that the transportation of Indians out of India for labour in another country was ceased. The Prime Minister said in March this year, he was honoured to be invited to the Indian Diaspora World Convention 2017, which was held in Trinidad and Tobago under the auspices of the Indian Diaspora Council.

“I believed that it was important for me, as the leader of a country which has been impacted by Indian indentureship, to attend a Convention which brought together diasporic scholars, researchers and community advocates and activists from various regions and countries, for open dialogue on the Indian Diasporic experience,” he said.

He said today the nation acknowledges and celebrates the achievements and contributions of our East Indian brothers and sisters to the country’s on-going development and success.

“Let us continue to take the best from our convergence of experiences and use it to ensure that our Nation enjoys peace, fellowship and prosperity,” the Prime Minister said.


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