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'What do they mean?' - Imbert does not understand calls for diversification

Key takeaways from a live, televised interview with Trinidad & Tobago Finance Minister Colm Imbert last night on CNC3 by Golda Lee-Bruce:

* Imbert gives himself a 6 out of 10 for his performance as a Cabinet minister; says he is unaware the Prime Minister was doing performance assessments though

* The Trinidad and Tobago dollar depreciated by approximately 7% over the last year but prices did not rise by 7% as businesses absorbed additional costs to stay in business

* 'Nobody voted for Moody's' who wanted Trinidad and Tobago to devalue the TT dollar $10:US$1 and remove all subsidies in one fell swoop, Imbert said

* Asked what he was doing to grow the economy, he said government is "increasing natural gas supply."

* The energy sector, "That will be the saviour of this country," Imbert said, at least over the next five years

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