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Setting up a business in Trinidad and Tobago is quite straight forward.
The Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago (GORTT) encourages foreign direct investment in almost all sectors, with specific focus on the non-energy targeted sectors.
Trinidad and Tobago's success in energy has fueled its rapid development into one of the most industrialized and cost-effective nations in the Caribbean and Central America.
Trinidad and Tobago is a twin island republic situated below the hurricane belt, at the southern-most end of the Caribbean archipelago.
Edan K. Properties manages many complex projects - from purchase to conceptualization, financing and site development. In its role as facilitator, InvesTT has worked alongside Edan K. and played a significant role over the years in the fast-tracking of processes required to implement multi-faceted development projects.
InvesTT facilitated company registration and access to import duty concessions for equipment, engaged the Ministry of Energy & Energy Industries on the placement and inspection of their LPG tanks as well as facilitated smooth entry at Immigration for foreign engineers needed to install equipment and train local staff.
Located in St. Augustine Trinidad, Virtana Inc. is an outsourcing company that delivers high quality robotics software solutions to international technology companies, utilizing engineering graduates based in Trinidad and Tobago.
This 3-part webinar series was conceptualized and hosted by InvesTT under the purview of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, in collaboration with the European Union Delgation to Trinidad and Tobago and Caribbean Export Development Agency. Each episode explored different aspects of the Cocoa Industry in the twin island republic with the first focused on exploring cocoa opportunities in T&T. The second episode focused on T&T as a center for cocoa excellence and the series wrapped up with the final of the 3 episodes focused on matching youth entrepreneurs and scale-up businesses in the cocoa industry with corporate sponsors as a means of accelerating their project growth.
On this page you will have access to all the material shared throughout the series, links to each webinar recording, as well as industry resources.
Trinidad and Tobago produces the finest cocoa, boasts the largest inventory of cocoa plant material (The International Cocoa Genebank) and is home to the oldest cocoa research facility in the world. Trinitario cocoa is highly sought after by cocoa and chocolate connoisseurs around the world, fetching premium prices. For the countries of the EU where approximately 50% of the world’s chocolate is consumed, the opportunity to access a larger volume of the most sought-after cocoa variety in the world is highly desirable. For Trinidad and Tobago, expansion of the cocoa industry would be a boon for the economy.
It is in this context that the European Union Delegation collaborated with InvesTT, the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries to contribute to the revitalization of the cocoa industry. This unique webinar series brings together stakeholders in Trinidad and Tobago with some of the largest business organizations in Europe (for chocolatiers, cocoa connoisseurs and investors) to explore new and emerging opportunities for collaboration, financing and sustainability across the cocoa supply chain.
The grand finale (Episode 3) of the Trinitario Cocoa Webinar Series entitled The Cocoa Pitch was held on Wednesday 28th September 2022, from 9:30 am to 12:30 noon (AST).
The Cocoa Pitch took the form of a “Shark Tank” styled business pitch event, featuring cocoa entrepreneurs/enterprises in the following categories:
Youth Start-Ups – Youth founders producing products or services within a cocoa enterprise or cocoa estate farm.
Medium-sized Cocoa SMEs – Mid-sized cocoa entrepreneurs or/cooperatives with a potential to scale up.
Seven (7) cocoa entrepreneurs/farmers, including two (2) special projects, pitched live, a 3-minute business case presentation to a group of distinguished investors and a live virtual audience with the goal of securing and accessing technical and capacity-building support, mentorship, gaining access to funding/finance or networking partners, to start-up or scale business operations.
Pitch #1: Giselle Mills - GEM
Pitch #2: Vanessa Moses - Caribbean Roasters Limited
Pitch #3: Ashley Parasram - TT Fine Cocoa
Pitch #4: Tobias Frenking - Original Trinitario Cluster
Pitch #5: Oshun Matthew - Youth Entrepreneur
Pitch #6: Professor Umaharan, UWI - Chocolate Island
Presentation: Recap of Episode 1 & 2
Speech - Minister of Trade & Industry
Speech - Ministry of Agriculture, Land & Fisheries
Linking Farmers Platform
The second installation of the three-part webinar series was held on Wednesday 25th May, 2022. In addition to featured remarks from senior government officials, participants were privy to a wealth of first-hand expert information from members of two panel discussions. Cocoa Excellence in Trinidad and Tobago and Trailblazing Women Cocoa Entrepreneurs in Trinidad and Tobago.
Presentation - Cocoa Research Centre
Presentation - CARIRI
Presentation - Ubergreen
Cocoa Investment Brochure
Useful Cocoa Contacts
Speech - Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land & Fisheries
Elizabeth 'Lady' Montano - Director, Montanos' Chocolate Company
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Isabel Brash - Chocolate Maker & Managing Director, Cocobel Chocolate
Nikita Nath - Director & Bean to Bar Chocolate Maker, Ortinola Great House
Hosted by InvesTT and the Delegation of the European Union to Trinidad and Tobago Episode 1 brought together over 400 participants including European chocolatiers and cocoa connoisseurs, T&T SMEs, cocoa farmers, cooperatives, researchers, innovators, exporters and T&T Government leaders to share and explore new and emerging opportunities for collaboration, financing and sustainability across the cocoa supply chain, on Wednesday 16th February 2022.
• Trinitario fine/flavour cocoa – bean to bar opportunities in production, processing and value-added products
• Emerging opportunities in fine flavour cocoa innovation and sustainability
• Pivotal role of the International Cocoa Genebank in Trinidad
• Joint venture/foreign investment opportunities
• B2B opportunities with European chocolatiers
• Senator the Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry
• Senator the Honourable Clarence Rambharat, Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries
• His Excellency Peter Cavendish, Ambassador - Delegation of the European Union to Trinidad and Tobago
• Ms. Franka Costelloe - Chairman, InvesTT
• Professor Pathmanathan Umaharan, Director - Cocoa Research Centre, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
Session Moderator - Ms. Jessie-May Ventour - Veteran Broadcaster.
Click here for Episode 1 speaker profiles.
Presentation: Mainstreaming innovations to build an innovative cocoa sector
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Cocoa Investment Brochure: Download now
Trinitario Cocoa Webinar Series 2022
Revitalizing the Cocoa Industry - InvesTT and EU Delegation Make Strides
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