TTMA Strengthens Ties With THA, Tobago Entrepreneurs

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TTMA Strengthens Ties With THA, Tobago Entrepreneurs

The Tobago House of Assembly’s participation and in the Trade and Investment Convention 2023 and greater collaboration between Tobago entrepreneurs and the Trinidad and Tobago Manufactures’ Association were high on the agenda when TTMA President Tricia Coosal and CEO, Dr. Mahindra Ramesh Ramdeen, paid a courtesy call on Chief Secretary Farley Augustine and his executive team last Friday.

Chief Secretary Augustine noted that the format of Tobago’s participation at TIC in 2022 was strategic, and similarly, 2023’s participation would be planned with the objective of showcasing Tobago’s entrepreneurship, culture and enterprises. Mr. Augustine has committed to have a number of Tobago Manufacturers participate in the Trade Mission to Grenada that is being hosted by the TTMA at the end of January.

Ms. Coosal highlighted the importance of the visit stating, “Tobago has a strong history of entrepreneurship and it is our hope through continuous dialogue and exchange of ideas, the TTMA can assist these small and medium enterprises.”

The Chief Secretary indicated that there are many opportunities for business operators from Trinidad to partner with Tobago enterprises; he pointed to areas of investment for Construction, Health and Beauty and Tourism as sectors that are likely to show considerable growth in 2023. He also alluded to the possibility of contract manufacturing in the Food and Beverage Sector by Trinidadian companies that wish to partner with Tobagonian operators, all in an effort to assist competencies and build economies of scale for SME operators in Tobago.

Ms. Coosal noted that these possibilities would be explored with her members and committed to continuing to build upon synergies created between both entities. Ms Coosal noted that “TTMA has created a space on its Board by its present executive to accommodate Tobago entrepreneurship.”