The Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association says it has successfully partnered with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, under the stewardship of the Acting Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith to combat crime in the areas of illicit trade and gender-based violence among other areas.
TTMA’s President, Tricia Coosal, stated, “TTMA has seen significant progress as it pertains to the issue of illicit trade and welcomes the intensifying of searches and seizures of such items as it pertains to that aspect of criminal activity in our country.
A Multi-Agency Task Force has been created through collaboration with the TTPS and other regulatory agencies, including the TTMA, which has increased information sharing among the parties involved.
This collaboration has resulted in various seizures of improper goods such as alcohol, arms and ammunition, cigarettes and wrapping paper, etc, by the MATF.
The publicising of these seizures has increased the awareness of the public on illicit trade and the impact of such activities can have on health and safety of the average citizen.”
Ms. Coosal said, “Illicit trade activities also have a deleterious impact on the national budget.
Such illegal activities curtail the Government’s ability to generate revenues to support the citizens of the country in areas such as the health care system, repairing roads or providing various grants needed.”