Ready to Debate: Students from several secondary schools throughout Trinidad and Tobago gathered for the launch of the National Youth Productivity Forum (NYPF) on Wednesday 22nd January, 2020, at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation. Pictured second-row (centre) is Mrs. Niala Persad-Poliah, Executive Director, NIBTT, to her right is Mr. Nirad Tewarie, Chief Executive Officer, AMCHAM T&T. Officials from the Ministry of Education and First Citizens Bank also attended the launch.

The National Insurance Board of Trinidad and Tobago (NIBTT) has entered in to a unique partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago (AMCHAM T&T) to educate 5th and 6th form students through the 2020 installment of AMCHAM T&T’s National Youth Productivity Forum (NYPF). Over one hundred and seventy (170) students from twenty-six (26) secondary schools within Trinidad and Tobago will participate in a series of debates, shining their perspectives on the following theme: “An aging population and pension security…toward a more productive Trinidad and Tobago”. Students will compete in a number of “knock-off rounds” which will take place over the next three (3) months. In addition to the debates, there is also a project component to the NYPF. Each school will conduct intensive research on the theme. As a partner of the NYPF, NIBTT will act as lead educator and content provider. The NIBTT, through its Corporate Communications Department as well as the Policy, Planning and Actuarial Services Business Unit, will continue to liaise with students and provide requisite educational support for this Forum as it moves ahead.

The theme, “An aging population and pension security…toward a more productive Trinidad and Tobago” was chosen to give students the opportunity to critically examine pension security from a national perspective, while also allowing them to see this important issue from a regional as well as global standpoint. Throughout the upcoming months, students will debate this theme through the lenses of four (4) perspectives: Government, Business, Labour and Civil Society. The competition is now in its 11th year and the patron of the NYPF is Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes, ORTT, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The NIBTT is pleased to be a partner in this worthwhile initiative as we work to educate every demographic as to the need and implications of parametric reform. Attending the launch at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation was Mrs. Niala Persad-Poliah, Executive Director, other representatives of the NIBTT as well as officials from the Ministry of Education and First Citizens Bank.

Some of the schools competing in this year's NYPF include Speyside High School, Scarborough Secondary School, Vessigny High School, Presentation College (Chaguanas), Russell Latapy Secondary School, Belmont Secondary School, St. Joseph's Convent and Queen's Royal College among others.