The Honourable Colm Imbert, MP
The Honorable Colm Imbert was appointed Minister of Finance on August 19, 2020.
Constituency: Member for Diego Martin North/ East
Portfolio: Minister of Finance
Colm Imbert attended the Abbey School, Mt. St Benedict and St. Mary’s College in Trinidad for his “O” and “A” level studies and the University of the West Indies, Trinidad, the University of Manchester, England and the Robert Gordon University, Scotland for his university studies.
He is a qualified Civil Engineer and Registered Engineer with two degrees in Engineering and two postgraduate degrees in Law.
On September 7, 2015, Mr. Colm Imbert was re-elected for the eighth time to the House of Representatives as the Member for Diego Martin North/East in the 11th Republican Parliament. As of April 2020, he has served as an elected PNM Member of Parliament for over 28 continuous years and as a Cabinet Minister in five PNM Governments for an aggregate Cabinet experience of almost 18 years. He is also one of the most prolific debaters in the Parliament, having contributed to hundreds of debates.
For almost 40 years, Mr. Imbert has also been serving Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean Region in his original profession of Engineering.
Immediately following graduation, with Honours, from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus in 1979 he worked on a number of projects within the Caribbean Region as a Consulting Civil Engineer. While developing his practice and gaining experience he successfully pursued a Master’s Degree in Maritime Civil Engineering from the University of Manchester, England and was formally registered as an Engineer in Trinidad and Tobago in 1986.
Mr. Imbert then transitioned into the academic world and lectured in Construction Management at the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies from 1985 to 1991. He also worked as a specialist consultant from 1990 to 1991 for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on Sea Defences for the Government of Guyana.
In 1991, Mr. Imbert entered public life as a Member of Parliament and a Cabinet Minister with responsibility for the Ministry of Works and Transport and the Ministry of Local Government, until 1995 when he became a Member of the Opposition.
During the period 1995 to 2001 Mr. Imbert focused on the application of his knowledge and skills in Engineering as a Property Developer and Project Manager throughout the Caribbean Region. During his fourth, fifth and sixth terms as a Member of Parliament, from 2001 to 2010, he once again served in the Cabinet as Minister of Health and Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education, until he again resumed responsibility for the portfolio of the Ministry of Works and Transport.
After the General Election of 2007, Mr. Imbert took on the additional responsibility of Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives and continued to build on his past performance in the Ministry of Works and Transport in development of the country’s infrastructure. In 2010, in his seventh term as an MP, he went into Opposition for the third time, where he served as the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of the Parliament.
In September 2015, when the PNM once again regained the Government, Mr. Imbert was appointed Minister of Finance, returning as an MP for the eighth time and a Cabinet Minister for the fifth time. In 2018 he was elected Chairman of the PNM.
Mr. Imbert has also acted as Prime Minister in the absence of the substantive Prime Minister on several occasions.
Professionally, Mr. Imbert is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Energy Institute and registered with the Board of Engineering on Trinidad and Tobago. After leaving UWI in 1991 to pursue a career in politics, he expanded his knowledge base from engineering into law and taxation. In 2007, he attained a Master of Laws Degree in Construction Law and Arbitration with Distinction, and in 2016, he attained his third Master’s Degree, this time in Oil and Gas Law, again with Distinction, with a specialisation in Fiscal Regimes and Oil Taxation. Both of his specialised law degrees are from the Aberdeen Business School in Scotland.