The United States government is giving its support to Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural sector.
The assurance comes from Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago, Shante Moore.
The senior US Embassy official gave the undertaking issues raised on Wednesday by the Trinidad and Tobago Promoters Association through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts will be reviewed by the Consular Section of the United States Embassy.
Cultural Workers who continue to be negatively impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and wish to travel abroad for work were the focus of discussions between Minister of Tourism Culture and the Arts, Randall Mitchell, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Dr Amery Browne, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago, Shante Moore and representatives of the Trinidad and Tobago Promoters Association.
The Tourism Ministry says cultural workers who represent Trinidad and Tobago at various events and festivals must apply for a special visa that gives them the ability to lawfully work temporarily within the United States of America.
It says one of the main challenges faced by the cultural sector is the closure of the United States Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago due to the COVID-19 pandemic which effectively ceased in-person interviews at the embassy.