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‘It’s time for Africa’ – call made by Trade Minister and visiting Sierra Leone speaker

July 29, 2016:- Senator the Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry addressed participants of the  16th Annual Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Symposium on Friday 29 July, 2016 at the Trinidad Hilton and Conference Centre. She shared the Government’s Policy Framework which is aimed at intensifying relations with specific countries, inclusive of Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana and Cuba with the participants.

She noted that platforms such as this Symposium deepen mutually beneficial partnerships which will ensure that Trinidad and Tobago and African companies are able to compete in an increasingly competitive world. She called on local businesses to invest in Africa, saying that,

‘an important strategy for achieving Trinidad and Tobago’s diversification agenda is to focus on expanding into and developing partnerships with other developing countries.  In the Government’s 2015 Manifesto document, we indicated our aim to intensify relations with specific countries, inclusive of Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana and Cuba.  This has now become the Government’s Policy Framework.  What that means is everything that was promised will be delivered by this Government.  A major part of our Policy Framework is to support and encourage local professionals and service companies to export energy services to emerging oil and gas producing countries such as Ghana and Tanzania. This symposium presents an ideal platform to do just this’.