Rowley: T&T is an important part of US economy

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

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