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Global 13

Spotlight Trinidad and Tobago “Our progressive economy is consistently bolstered by our international reputation as a peaceful and stable democratic nation” IntervIew The Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago’s prime minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, talks to Global about her plans for strengthening and di- versifying the economy away from its de- pendency on oil and gas reserves. She has high hopes of enhancing competitiveness through legislative and institutional re- forms, and strongly believes that expanding trade relations with Latin America and the new emerging economies is the way for- ward. Persad-Bissessar also touches on the rise of women’s participation in parliament, and reveals planned measures to tackle the big challenge in the country’s education system – that of boys’ underachievement. Global: For 2013, the World Bank has ranked Trinidad and Tobago at 69 of 185 countries for doing business. This is one step up from 2012, but still an uncom- petitive ranking for a country seeking to attract new foreign investment and encour- age local investors. What concrete steps are your government taking to improve the conditions for doing business? Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bisses- sar: Improving the ease of doing business in Trinidad and Tobago is a priority for the government of Trinidad and Tobago. In this regard, a series of reforms are be- ing aggressively pursued. For example, implementation of a Single Electronic Window for Trade and Business Facili- tation. This IT platform, which became operational in February 2012, links over ten government departments in delivering key business-related e-services (such as e- fiscal incentives, e-import/export licences and permits, e-company registration, e- work permits and e-certificates of origin for exporters) in real time to the business community. 34 lwww.global-briefing.org first quarter 2013global


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