Member of Parliament for Caroni Central Constituency
Political & Professional
Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie was a Foundation Member and Former Chairman of the Tapia House Movement (1973-1980), where he also served as the Editor for the weekly 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.
On polling day, the NAR swept to an unexpectedly large victory, capturing 33 of the 36 seats. The PNM won the three remaining seats in the House of Representatives. Mr. Robinson was sworn in as Prime Minister on 16 December and announced his 13-member Cabinet.
The NAR also won 11 of the 12 seats in the Tobago House of Assembly. However, the NAR government was unable to retain its popularity for long. In April 1989 Basdeo Panday, leader of the United Labour Front, along with other dissidents formed a new party, the United National Congress (UNC).
In July 1990, UNC elected Mr Basdeo Panday as its President. The UNC (with six seats in the House of Representatives) replaced the PNM (with only three) as the principal opposition party.
In July 1990, an attempted coup was staged by a militant Muslim faction which took the then Prime Minister Arthur N. R. Robinson and five Ministers hostage for five days, provoking an outbreak of rioting and looting in the capital. The hostages were released on the promise of an amnesty.
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.
Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie currently serves as Member of Parliament for Caroni Central Constituency and is now an Opposition Member in Parliament.