Breakfast with the Prime Minister - 2018
On March 9, 2018, AFETT attended ‘Breakfast with the Prime Minister’ at the Residence of the Prime Minister in recognition of International Women’s Day. This meeting was coordinated and conceptualised by the Women’s Institute for Alternative Development (WINAD) and took the format of roundtable discussions with Government Ministers. The discussions around each table were led by a minister from various ministries that was responsible for Health, Finance, Trade, National Security, Community Development, Legal Affairs, and the Office of the Prime Minister.
At the meeting, AFETT President, Charlene Pedro, presented to attendees the discussions her group held with Senator the Honourable Allyson West, Minister in the Ministry of Finance. One of the key points of discussion was how can NGOs seek financial assistance to execute projects, and the Minister subsequently recommended that NGOs should collaborate and join forces to request finance for similar projects. The matter of NGOs receiving technical support in the form of training for its people to allow for better management, outreach and fundraising was also raised. The Minister graciously indicated that NGOs may contact the Ministry of Finance who would be willing to assist in providing the personnel for training once available.
Mrs. Pedro also pressed the matter of a tax incentive for organisations that establish childcare solutions for their employees, and we were assured that this is being addressed in the legislation.
The meeting proved to be very instrumental in providing an essential platform for NGOs to discuss issues, capture the attention of the decision makers, and build meaningful stakeholder partnerships.
AFETT President Charlene Pedro with Mrs. Sharon Rowley, wife of Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley
AFETT wishes to thank Folade Mutota, the Executive Director of WINAD, for her all-encompassing approach to championing positive change in Trinidad and Tobago.