Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie is a person of great integrity, with a passion for education and higher learning. He feels so energized and empowered about development and development issues that he has even written a book about it.
Today he is a man of much government experience, who works tirelessly with all those who want to do something for the community and country. “Working for the People, by the People and with the People” is an idea which propels him. He considers it a privilege to serve people and to be able to work closely with them.
He is a visionary whose passion lies within the facilitation of change within Trinidad and Tobago and its future. His motto is “Working for the people, by the people and with the people.” He feels that is both an honour and privilege to serve the people of Trinidad and Tobago in any way that he can.
Dr Tewarie has lectured, mentored and guided hundreds of brilliant minds over the years. His passion and love for education are deeply rooted in his desire to facilitate positive change in Trinidad and Tobago.
He was a foundation member and former chairman of the Tapia House Movement (1973-1980), where he also served as the Editor for the weekly Tapia Newspaper.
This newspaper soon became a key force in building the opposition alliance that led to the birth of the National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR), which swept to office in 1986. He eventually became the General Secretary of the NAR. Dr Tewarie was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1986, as a member of the National Alliance for Reconstruction Government. He was the member for Caroni East, and served as Minister of Industry, Enterprise and Tourism, in addition to Leader of the House. He was also appointed a Senator and Minister of Planning on 11th May 2011 during the 10th Republican Parliament.
Other political parties included the coalition party of The United Labour Front (ULF), The Organization for National Reconstruction (ONR) and The Democratic Action Congress (DAC).
He became Minister of Industry, Enterprise and Tourism with the National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR) Cabinet, then Minister of Planning, Economic and Social Restructuring and Gender Affairs Minister with the People’s Partnership (PPP) Government.
In May 2011, President George Maxwell Richards administered the oath to Dr Tewarie at a brief ceremony at Knowsley Building, Queen’s Park West.
Dr Tewarie collaborates to build strong relationships with the people of T&T and internationally. He uses his experience and foresight to proactively address details before they become a problem. He is exceptionally well respected all-round, especially in the Freeport/Caroni Central areas, not only for his unparalleled professional track record and high ethical standards but for being honest, hard-working and loyal to his mission.
Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie was elected to the House of Representatives in 2015 as the Member for Caroni Central in the 11th Parliament. He is currently the Member of Parliament for Caroni Central Constituency.
Lecturer, Director and then Principal
In 1991, Dr Tewarie returned to his position as a lecturer and director at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Institute of Business (renamed the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business). He also served as executive director until 2001.
Dr Tewarie was appointed Principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine in 2001, a position which he held up to 2007. During this time, he was elected to the House of Representatives in 2015 as the Member for Caroni Central in the 11th Parliament. He was up to the time of his appointment as minister, serving as pro-vice chancellor for Planning and Development and director of the Institute of Critical Thinking.
Dr Tewarie was a Director at both CL Financial and Trinidad Publishing Co Ltd, now known as the Guardian Media Ltd. He also served as chairman of the National Institute for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (Niherst). He served as Minister under Prime Ministers, ANR Robinson and Kamla Persad-Bissessar. He currently serves as Member of Parliament for Caroni Central Constituency and is now an Opposition Member in Parliament.