TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, January 17 – 01/16/2022: Senator Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry, met virtually with Mr. Charles Pashley, Chairman of the Board of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce (TTCIC), new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Ian R. De Souza and outgoing CEO Mr. Gabriel Faria on Friday, January 14, 2022. The Minister of Commerce congratulated Mr. De Souza on his appointment as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber and expressed confidence that Mr. De Souza’s wealth of knowledge and invaluable experience in the banking sector, locally and regionally, would be useful to the Chamber, its members and, by extension, Trinidad and Tobago. It is anticipated that his expertise, along with the focused work and advocacy of the TTCIC, will support the policy direction of building globally competitive businesses in Trinidad and Tobago.
Minister Gopee-Scoon also thanked Mr. Gabriel Faria, outgoing CEO of the TTCIC for his outstanding contribution to the business sector since taking office in 2016. During the first meeting between MTI and Mr. Faria, Minister Gopee -Scoon noted that “There was a need for continued and intensified collaboration between the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TTCIC) and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry as we seek to focus on the development capabilities and export capacity of our local medium-sized enterprises..” Over the past six years, MTI and TTCIC have undertaken a number of collaborative initiatives focused on small, medium and large enterprise development in the areas of capacity building, trade missions, market readiness export and promotion of competitiveness. The Minister of Trade and Industry wished Mr. Faria future success and expressed his certainty that he would always have a keen interest in contributing to the continued development of businesses in Trinidad and Tobago.
The ministry looks forward to the continuation of the fruitful partnership with the Chamber on the road to economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.