The Trinidad and Tobago national flag flew on the Nasdaq board today in Times Square, New York City as Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley rang the bell to start the trading day.
Rowley used the opportunity to invite everyone to visit T&T as he lauded our chocolate, music, and pitch lake.
He described the Nasdaq bell-ringing ceremony as a "historic and auspicious occasion".
"I would like to invite all of you to Trinidad and Tobago the land of steelpan and calypso, and of course to emphasise that Trinidad and Tobago's largest trading partner is the United States. We are the nation with the largest pitch lake in the world and of course we are the cultural hub of calypso and steelpan and we have of course and airline Caribbean Airlines that flies to a number of destinations in the United States and we are just seven miles from Venezuela and we are in fact the land of people who like music but we are also an industry, Rowley said.
"Our economy is based on oil and gas but we also have the best chocolate in the world so if you want the best-flavoured chocolate ever try Trinidad and Tobago's chocolate," he said.
Rowley noted the "significant number" of T&T nations who live in the US.
"And of course Nasdaq is followed in Trinidad and Tobago on a daily basis by investors who have an interest in this market so today is a very special day for us and we are particularly proud to have flown on the Nasdaq board the red, white and black of Trinidad and Tobago," Rowley said.
"We benefit from an economy that serves Trinidad and Tobago and the world and we look forward to a continued close working relationship with the United States and the people of the United States," he said.
Rowley said T&T may be small but we are definitely not insignificant.
"So today thank you for having us here and thank you for presenting one of the smallest countries in the world, but of course not insignificant we are involved in the international market place because we do sell petrochemicals, methanol urea, fertilisers and we continue to be an important part of the economy of the United States even though we are a small country," he said.
"So we are happy to be here and we look forward to you remembering us Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and the people of the land of calypso, steelpan, Machel Montano, Calypso Rose, and the Mighty Sparrow names that should be household to you here in Brooklyn and elsewhere in America," Rowley said.
Rowley was accompanied by a contingent including Foreign Affairs Minister Dennis Moses and T&T's Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Pennelope Beckles-Robinson.
Reporter: Joel Julien