Trinidad and Tobago and India to Explore Areas of Partnership


Rowley, Modi Meet at Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in London

LONDON – The government of India has expressed an interest in partnering with Trinidad and Tobago in several areas such as medical training, air transportation and aviation.

This was revealed during bilateral talks on Thursday between Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.

During the talks, held on the first official day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Modi also said that his Government was interested in partnering with the twin island republic in the areas of information communication technology (ICT), energy and pharmaceuticals.

He noted that India would be happy to contribute to the development of Trinidad and Tobago in keeping with its (Trinidad and Tobago) economic priorities.

Minister Rowley welcomed the request for collaboration and identified additional areas where opportunities exist for both countries to work together.

These areas include tourism, healthcare and agriculture.

Rowley also made a request for aviation training for local helicopter pilots to which Modi indicated his country is able provide.

India was also invited to participate in a new model for healthcare training in Trinidad and Tobago at the Couva Hospital which could include the teaching of traditional Indian medicine.

As it relates to tourism, Rowley identified the need for direct air transport between the two nations as this would provide a mutually beneficial link and allow for the free flow of tourists.

The two leaders agreed that appropriate technical teams would be set up to advance these initiatives.

They also issued invitations to each other for official visits to their respective countries.

Prime Minister Rowley and Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs Dennis Moses also held a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull where matters of mutual interest were discussed. – CMC