|TT Embassy for China |
By ANDRE BAGOO Saturday, February 15 2014
PRIME Minister Kamla Persad-Bissesar will open a new Trinidad and Tobago Embassy during her official visit to China between February 23 to February 28, Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Dookeran said.
In a statement to Parliament, Dookeran said Persad-Bissessar will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Several agreements proposed to be signed following bilateral discussions include a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the General Administration of Sport of the People’s Republic of China and the Ministry of Sport for cooperation in the field of sport.
Also included is a MOU on cooperation in energy and energy-related matters; a bilateral air services agreement and the protocol between Trinidad and Tobago and China concerning the posting of a Chinese medical team to work in Trinidad and Tobago. Dookeran also said, “On the agenda of this official visit is the expansion of cooperation in international affairs. Of particular importance will be discussions surrounding: development and sustainable development issues; reform of the international economic institutions and United Nations Security Council Reform.”
The official delegation is to include representatives from the Office of the Prime Minister; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment; Udecott; Ministry of National Security; Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs; National Gas Company; Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago; the University of the West Indies; University of Trinidad and Tobago and members of local media under the Ministry of Communications.
A delegation of businessmen also are expected to be part of a delegation. The business delegation is to include representatives from the following organisations: InvestTT Limited; Eteck Limited; ExporTT Limited; Premium Products Limited; International Marine and Industrial Inspection; Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards and the Trinidad Import and Export Company Limited.
“It should be noted that such a level of interest has been generated by this Official visit that the business delegations are joining the honourable Prime Minister at their own cost,” Dookeran said. “They are eager to explore and capitalise on the many opportunities and to have face-time with potential partners in trade and industry.”
He said further details of the visit would be brought to the public. “Both nations can feel confident of substantial social and economic benefit, underlined by a continued tradition of warm diplomatic relations and growing mutual respect,” Dookeran said.