Cadiz defends T&T-CARICOM trade - then leaves for tourism ministry
BRIDGETOWN, June 23, CMC – Hours before he was transferred from his post as Trinidad and Tobago’s trade minister, Stephen Cadiz, has defended Port of Spain’s commitment to Caribbean Community (CARICOM) trade, in the face of accusations that it was blocking imports from Jamaica and Barbados.
And the minister sought to play down growing uneasiness over Trinidad and Tobago’s trade surplus with fellow CARICOM partners, including Jamaica, whose manufacturers have complained of obstacles in penetrating Trinidadian markets.
“This administration, my ministry of trade and industry is fully supportive of CARICOM,” Cadiz told the Caribbean Media Corporation’s “Caribbean Newsline” programme on Friday.
“I’ve made that statement time and time again to Jamaica because we have also had some situations with Jamaica, Barbados to a lesser extent - but whatever we can do … we are very open … to any and all suggestions and recommendations from CARICOM and it is something that we hope we can get sorted out in the shortest space of time.”