TRINIDAD-POLITICS – TT Prime Minister to pay one week official visit to China
Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar leaves here on Thursday for a one week official visit to China hoping to improve relations with the Asian country in a number of areas including trade, energy and security.
A government statement said that the prime minister’s delegation would include Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran, Trade, Industry and Investment Minister Vasant Barath and Energy and Energy Affairs Minister Kevin Ramnarine.
The statement noted that over the last few years, Trinidad and Tobago’s regional leadership in trade has been tremendously strengthened and that the “relationship with the People’s Republic of China has proved to be very mutually beneficial for our citizens, and our respective economies”.
The statement said that the February 23-28 visit will be the first in almost 30 years that the head of a government here “has journeyed to a country with which Trinidad and Tobago share a vibrant and continuously expanding trade relationship.
“The Prime Minister’s visit comes at a time when there is a wave of new leadership in China. This new leadership is supported by a fresh vision for growth and sustainable development, looking outward to the global stage, finding and offering new opportunities to build an economy that is already set to convincingly re-define itself, in terms of trade and investment, culture, education, energy and sport, just to name a few,” the statement added.
It said the visit would also coincide with the celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
During the visit, Prime Minister Persad Bissessar will officially open the Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in China.
The statement said that the prime minister will sign several bilateral agreements during the visit covering sports, energy and air services.
It said she will also sign the protocol “concerning the posting of a Chinese medical team to work in Trinidad and Tobago,” the statement added.