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Tax them ... Mahfood's advice to gov't as T&T denies more J'cans entry

Published:Friday | November 22, 2013 | 10:29 AM

Businessman William Mahfood wants the administration to immediately demand that the Trinidad and Tobago government halts the trend of the indiscriminate denial of entry to Jamaicans seeking to visit the republic.



Mahfood says if there is any resistance by the Trinidadians, the Jamaican Government should immediately impose a tax on products coming from Trinidad which heavily relies on exports to Jamaica.



His comments follow Monday’s incident in which 13 more Jamaicans were blocked from entering the twin-island republic because immigration officials said they did not meet the criteria.



The Foreign Affairs Ministry has released a statement saying it is concerned by the apparent trend which has developed and that it is now engaged in discussions with Trinidadian authorities about the matter.



According to Mahfood, the matter deserves immediate and resolute actions.



He also said the trend of denying entry to Jamaicans seeking to enter Trinidad is a breach of the CARICOM treaty for the free movement of people within the region.



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