PATRICK AUGUSTUS MERVYN MANNING – A VISIONARY PAR EXCELLENCE (August 17th, 1946 – July 2nd, 2016) By: Sandrine Rattan, International Journalist
PATRICK AUGUSTUS MERVYN MANNING has demonstrated over the many decades during his political career, his ability to develop a macro-economic vision that has spanned beyond the realms of Trinidad and Tobago into the CARICOM Region.
Manning was a Trinidadian politician who was the fourth and sixth Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. His terms of office ran from December 17th, 1991 to November 9th, 1995, and from December 24th, 2001 to May 26th, 2010.
A Geologist by training, he also served as Member of Parliament for the San Fernando East Constituency from 1971 until 2015. He has been the longest serving member of Parliament having served his constituents of San Fernando East diligently for some 45 years.
Best described as a Statesman and the greatest visionary and dignified leader to have served Trinidad and Tobago, Manning was very clear on a vision for Trinidad and Tobago, which has redounded to the benefit of the entire CARICOM Region. Former Chairman of the People’s National Movement, Conrad Enill, who served as Minister of Finance and Minister of Energy and Energy Resources in the Manning-led PNM Administration in 2001, and 2007 – 2010 shared “Manning understood the moral standard by which citizens should be guided by, and as a result, set a very high standard in terms of how he lived his life.”
Strengthening ties within the CARICOM Region was dear to Manning . This was confirmed by Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines “He was a visionary leader; no Political Leader in Trinidad and Tobago after Independence has been a greater regional integrationist than Patrick Manning.”
The socio-economic viability upon which Trinidad and Tobago currently sits, is as a result of the macro-economic policies which were crafted and implemented during his different political tenures. Manning created a robust economic and energy framework through crucial policy changes, that now supports Trinidad and Tobago’s infrastructure.
The entire CARICOM Region has lost a great leader, whose leadership can be benchmarked for many!