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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.
Paula Gopee-Scoon, minister of trade and industry for Trinidad and Tobago, talks about the government’s ease of doing business plan, balancing tourism with commerce, and relations with major trading partner the US.
A: The efforts by the government to improve the ease of doing business will advance the investment climate by creating the necessary administrative, policy, regulatory and legislative frameworks that reduce costs and enhance efficiency, while ensuring predictability, fairness and transparency across all sectors. The improvements are not required to be placed before Parliament but have been approved by the Cabinet for implementation.
To ensure that Trinidad and Tobago is an attractive investment destination, the government intends to: reduce the time, cost and risk associated with importing and exporting goods and services; strengthen the capacity of the national Single Electronic Window (TTBizLink); build the institutional capacity for tax administration; reduce the costs and timelines as well as increase transparency in the processes associated with acquiring construction permits; facilitate electronic commerce through electronic payments; and create opportunities for firms seeking credit to expand and improve their operations.
Cabinet approved the implementation plan for [these] measures to improve the ease of doing business in April 2017 and agreed that the ministry of trade and industry would coordinate and report on the projects and reforms, which will be driven by several ministries and other public agencies.
A: Tourism and other FDI sectors are not mutually exclusive. In fact, many countries are promoted as tourism destinations and places for business, and do so by providing the necessary goods and services to meet the unique needs and preferences of visitors.
Trinidad and Tobago is fortunate in that each island has unique features that attract and facilitate specific types of tourists – Trinidad for the visitor seeking to build and maintain business networks, and Tobago for the visitor seeking beautiful beaches and unique flora and fauna. Trinidad is also an attractive destination in terms of its natural beauty and the cultural and creative attributes of its people, including calypso and other indigenous music and the manifestation that is Carnival.
Given the increasingly competitive nature of today’s global economy and the importance of attracting high quality investment, and given Trinidad and Tobago’s circumstances with respect to its dependence on oil and gas revenues, there is an urgent need to diversify within the non-energy sector, including tourism.
The government understands the multifaceted nature of tourism and its complementarity and interconnectedness. To this end, niche areas of interest include: business tourism and event/festival tourism, which comprise cultural, music, sport tourism and ecotourism.
As has been espoused thus far to date, the guiding principle of US trade policy under the new administration is to “expand trade in a way that is freer and fairer for all Americans”.
 The emphasis on the American people and economy is not a zero-sum approach to trade, and will inevitably benefit the majority of countries with whom the US trades, including Trinidad and Tobago.
Through the multilateral and bilateral apparatus, the government of Trinidad and Tobago looks forward to continued engagement with the US with the prime interest of benefiting the economies and people of connected countries.
 2017 Trade Policy Agenda and 2016 Annual Report.
Source: fDi Magazine