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Caribbean Aviation Trends to Watch

Caribbean Aviation Trends to Watch

Article by: Bavina Sookdeo Gavin MederaChief Executive OfficerCaribbean Airlines Limited Caribbean Airlines (CAL) has emerged as a dominant force in the regional airline industry, connecting the Caribbean seamlessly and sustainably. Garvin Medera, CEO, Caribbean Airlines Limited, expands, “CAL aims to maintain its leadership position in the next five years by investing in new aircraft, expanding its route network, and providing […]

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February 21st, 2024

Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants, and Tourism Association (THRTA) Message

Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants, and Tourism Association (THRTA) Message

The Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants, and Tourism Association (THRTA), the largest private sector tourism body in Trinidad, is delighted to once again be featured in this year’s prestigious ‘Who’s Who in Trinidad & Tobago Business’ publication. As the THRTA continues its dedication to advocating for industry stakeholders, both positively and negatively affecting the tourism-centric trading landscape for over half a century, […]

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February 21st, 2024

Tobago Division of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce (T&T Chamber) Message

Tobago Division of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce (T&T Chamber) Message

The Tobago Division of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce congratulates the publishers of ‘Who’s Who in Trinidad & Tobago Business’ on the successful publication of another informative issue. The Division was established specifically to serve the needs of the Tobago business community and remains a vibrant and proactive arm of the T&T Chamber. Originally established as […]

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February 21st, 2024

NGC Green Joins NGC Group of Companies

NGC Green Joins NGC Group of Companies

Over the past few years, the local energy sector has been embracing the transition towards a cleaner energy future. NGC has been leading that movement, by pursuing a diverse Green Agenda, and integrating sustainability into all aspects of our business. NGC has delivered a milestone achievement to cement its green agenda through the formation of a new subsidiary of The […]

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January 24th, 2024

The Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago (The Energy Chamber) Message

The Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago (The Energy Chamber) Message

Over the last year, the Energy Chamber continued to actively pursue initiatives aimed at achieving the objectives of its 6-point plan to secure T&T’s natural gas supply and drive the transition to a low-carbon future.   We are encouraged by the progress made to date on many of the objectives outlined in the plan, both from the Government and private […]

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January 17th, 2024

Creating an Environmentally Friendly Business

Creating an Environmentally Friendly Business

By Paul Hadden Gerard RajkumarLead ConsultantSygma Environmental A green business prioritises sustainability and conservation in its business model. They focus on positively impacting the environment and their communities. Here we explore how T&T companies are responding to these global advancements. How can T&T companies create an environmentally friendly business? Businesses should examine what they are selling, how they are packaging […]

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January 17th, 2024

Key Movements Transforming T&T’s Shipping Industry

Key Movements Transforming T&T’s Shipping Industry

By Bavina Sookdeo Sonja VoisinPresidentThe Shipping Association of Trinidad and Tobago (SATT) The shipping industry has recently undergone significant changes and challenges driven by the dynamics of demand and supply. Trinidad and Tobago’s containerised cargo volumes have strongly recovered, exceeding pre-pandemic levels by 11%. However, regional trade faces challenges from oversupply in interregional trade lanes, causing longer transit times and […]

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January 17th, 2024

Customer-Centric Changes in Courier Services

Customer-Centric Changes in Courier Services

By Bavina Sookdeo The courier industry has undergone remarkable transformations fuelled by technological advancements and evolving customer expectations. These shifts have propelled a customer-centric approach, emphasising precise tracking, express delivery, and diverse payment options in Trinidad and Tobago. The use of technology to enable real-time tracking of consignments has become increasingly important in the local industry. Consumers now expect visibility […]

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January 14th, 2024

Looking Ahead– the Caribbean Security Landscape

Looking Ahead– the Caribbean Security Landscape

By Kieran Andrew Khan Lt. Col. Michael JonesExecutive DirectorCARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) The Caribbean is a unique geographic grouping of oceanic states. While striving to improve trade and alliances amongst the islands, criminal elements are also doing the same. CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) Executive Director, Lt. Col. Michael Jones, shares his insights […]

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January 14th, 2024

Factors Driving Change in T&T’s Real Estate Market

Factors Driving Change in T&T’s Real Estate Market

By Kieran Andrew Khan Jean-Paul de MeillacChief Executive OfficerTerra Caribbean Trinidad The real estate market continues to reverberate from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jean-Paul de Meillac and Terra Caribbean Trinidad track the data and think more can be done to create an equitable, profitable, and mutually beneficial real estate market that spurs economic growth and security. The […]

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January 14th, 2024

HR Can Help Build an Organisation of the Future

HR Can Help Build an Organisation of the Future

By Kieran Andrew Khan Cavelle Joseph-St. OmerPresidentHuman Resource Management Association of Trinidad and Tobago (HRMATT) The supermarket of the future – this cutting-edge concept will combine traditional brick-and-mortar stores with efficient, convenient, enjoyable shopping experiences. Digital disruption in the supermarket Are supermarkets harnessing digital trends to expand market share? According to Diptee, “During the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw the introduction […]

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January 14th, 2024

Global Shifts Shaping Services in T&T

Global Shifts Shaping Services in T&T

By Kieran Andrew Khan Pria NarinesinghCountry Managing PartnerEY Barbados, Eastern Caribbean and Trinidad and Tobago Radical technological shifts and unprecedented changes due to globalisation are impacting how services are delivered. Where some see threats, others see opportunities. Pria Narinesingh encourages us to focus on the latter.  What is the five-year outlook for Trinidad and Tobago’s (T&T’s) professional services and management […]

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January 14th, 2024

The Next-Generation Supermarket

The Next-Generation Supermarket

By Natalie Dookie Rajiv DipteePresidentThe Supermarket Association of Trinidad and Tobago (SATT) The supermarket of the future – this cutting-edge concept will combine traditional brick-and-mortar stores with efficient, convenient, enjoyable shopping experiences. Digital disruption in the supermarket Are supermarkets harnessing digital trends to expand market share? According to Diptee, “During the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw the introduction of apps, websites, […]

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January 14th, 2024

Top Manufacturing Predictions for the Next Decade

Top Manufacturing Predictions for the Next Decade

By Natalie Dookie Roger RoachPresidentTrinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) The manufacturing sector continues to surpass expectations. In preparation for Industry 4.0, local manufacturers are leveraging technology, building supply chain resilience, and adopting new strategies.The future is now. What are the trends shaping the future of manufacturing in Trinidad and Tobago? Industry 4.0 is at our doorstep and the use […]

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January 14th, 2024

Covering Climate Risk in the Caribbean

Covering Climate Risk in the Caribbean

By Jeanette G. Awai Over the last 30 years, flood and tropical storm damage in the Caribbean has affected 1.5 million persons directly and caused over US$5 billion in damage. Extreme weather events in the region are increasing in frequency and intensity. Therefore, there is a growing need to explore options for managing and transferring risks associated with climate change. […]

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January 13th, 2024

The Insurance Outlook for T&T

The Insurance Outlook for T&T

By Sheldon Waithe Edison RaphaelManaging DirectorAgostini Insurance Brokers Ltd, and Cardea Benefits Ltd Increased use of technology and the enactment of new legislation are expected to significantly impact the insurance industry over the next five years.  What are the key trends shaping the future of T&T’s insurance industry?  The industry is being shaped mainly by information technology (IT). After the […]

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January 13th, 2024

Telecoms Insights: Think Global

Telecoms Insights: Think Global

By Jeanette G. Awai Keenan SinghChief Executive OfficerAir Link Communications CEO of Air Link Communications, Keenan Singh, first considered the challenge of how to meet the telecoms needs of rural Princes Town – an area that has been severely underserved for decades. “Air Link was initially founded because the members of my community did not have access to telecommunications services. […]

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January 13th, 2024

T&T: Get Ready for these Tech Trends

T&T: Get Ready for these Tech Trends

By Jeanette G. Awai Kyle MaloneyCo-FounderTech Beach Retreat (TBR) Transforming Trinidad and Tobago’s business sector from tech consumption to tech production requires aggressive investment in digital education. According to Kyle Maloney, Co-Founder of Tech Beach Retreat (TBR), we need knowledge-based workers to power this change. Maloney shares his vision for the sector, “My position is that in the next ten […]

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January 13th, 2024

Emerging Healthcare Opportunities

Emerging Healthcare Opportunities

By Bavina Sookdeo Dr. Mitra Maharaj MBBS DOccMed LFOMOccupational Medicine Physician and Council MemberTrinidad and Tobago Medical Association (T&TMA) The healthcare landscape globally is witnessing a profound transformation, fuelled by technological advancements and evolving patient needs. In an interview, Dr. Mitra Maharaj, Occupational Medicine Physician and Council Member of the Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association (T&TMA), discussed the key healthcare […]

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January 13th, 2024

Transitioning to Clean Energy in T&T

Transitioning to Clean Energy in T&T

By Kay Baldeosingh-Arjune Professor Andrew Jupiter Past PresidentThe National Energy Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd. According to Energy Expert Andrew Jupiter, Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) has not missed the boat when it comes to the energy transition. But urgent decisions and actions must be taken if T&T is to press its advantage as an experienced, established energy producer, benefit from […]

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January 13th, 2024

Planning T&T’s Sustainable Energy Future

Planning T&T’s Sustainable Energy Future

By Kay Baldeosingh-Arjune Dr. Thackwray DriverPresident and CEOThe Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago Since the announcement of its 6-point plan in May 2022 to increase gas production and ensure the long-term viability of the energy sector in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago has continued to work with the government and the private sector […]

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January 13th, 2024

Innovation in Engineering

Innovation in Engineering

By Sheldon Waithe Eng. Dr. Trevor TownsendPresidentAssociation of Professional Engineers of Trinidad & Tobago (APETT) The world of engineering is constantly evolving. Digital transformation is shaping the landscape of the future of the engineering industry. The growth of renewable energy coupled with automation is set to impact timelines and budgets positively. What are the key trends shaping the future of […]

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January 13th, 2024

Revolutionising T&T’s Construction Sector

Revolutionising T&T’s Construction Sector

By Sheldon Waithe George A. Laquis IIManaging DirectorFlags-TC International In a post-pandemic environment, the rapid rise of new technologies, together with heightened awareness and increased commitment to implement sustainable programmes, have redefined most industries. While this has created significant excitement about the future of Trinidad and Tobago’s construction sector, it is tapered with the reality of being able to keep […]

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January 13th, 2024

Understanding the Role of the OPR

Understanding the Role of the OPR

By Paul Hadden Robby BholaDeputy ChairmanThe Office of Procurement Regulation (OPR) The journey towards effective, efficient, and transparent public procurement procedures in Trinidad and Tobago dates to pre-independence when we began to see a rise in advocacy for proper procurement procedures. Thus began the long journey towards the creation of what is known today as the Office of Procurement Regulation […]

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January 13th, 2024

The Race to Vehicle Electrification

The Race to Vehicle Electrification

Article by: Paul Hadden Ryan LatchuPresidentAutomotive Dealers Association of Trinidad and Tobago As the world continues to move towards cleaner energy sources, many are transitioning from cars with traditional internal combustion engines to electric vehicles. In recent years, one of the most exciting developments in the local automotive industry has been the increased interest in electric and hybrid vehicles and […]

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January 13th, 2024

The Future of Banking in T&T

The Future of Banking in T&T

By Kay Baldeosingh-Arjune  Richard DowniePresidentBankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT) Trinidad and Tobago’s (T&T’s) banking and financial sector is ensuring it remains strong, stable and relevant by responding to changing customer needs and technology, and new environmental demands. Here, the Bankers’ Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT) provides insights into the key trends shaping the future of banking locally. […]

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January 12th, 2024

Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries (TTCSI) Message

Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries (TTCSI) Message

The Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries (TTCSI) plays a crucial role in driving the growth and development of Trinidad and Tobago’s services sector. Established in 2006, the TTCSI brings together various services associations and organisations to address trade and development issues, making it a vital force in the country’s economy. With the services sector contributing a substantial 58% […]

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November 29th, 2023

The Supermarket Association of Trinidad and Tobago (SATT) Message

The Supermarket Association of Trinidad and Tobago (SATT) Message

A Resilient Retail Odyssey In the ever-evolving landscape of Trinidad and Tobago’s retail sector, we find ourselves embarking on a dynamic and transformative journey. Winds of change compel businesses to not only weather the shifts but to thrive despite them. This pivotal moment calls for adaptation, innovation and the wholehearted embrace of new strategies. We must first acknowledge the web […]

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November 29th, 2023

Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CCIC) Message

Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CCIC) Message

Embracing Innovation and Human Development The ongoing geopolitical conflict between Russia and Ukraine has resulted in temporary elevated energy prices, providing some relief for Trinidad and Tobago. However, this relief is not sufficient to counterbalance external factors that have accelerated inflation, such as international food prices and supply chain disruptions post-pandemic. The continuous rise in inflation and domestic crime present significant […]

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November 22nd, 2023

Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) Message

Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) Message

Shaping Our Future The non-energy manufacturing sector supported by the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) continues to grow its contribution to the country’s GDP, with our ultimate goal to double the value of non-energy manufacturing exports by 2025, moving from TT$3.6 billon to TT$7 billion. TTMA continues to make strides in this area as the manufacturing sector’s contribution to […]

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November 22nd, 2023

Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Message

Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Message

Tobago is at an inflexion point, where its potential is actively being transformed into power. This is a critical time for us, as we challenge limits, both constitutionally and mentally, while doing the groundwork to competitively position ourselves for the future. You are witnessing firsthand Tobago’s reintroduction to the wider world, from a once timid island, to one now unafraid […]

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November 16th, 2023

Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce (T&T Chamber) Message

Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce (T&T Chamber) Message

The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce commends the publishers of ‘Who’s Who in Trinidad & Tobago Business’ as it remains a publication of choice for the global business community. There are no economic models for uncertainty. Our country has shown resilience and we continue to adapt and evolve towards sustainability. The T&T Chamber covers a diverse number […]

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November 16th, 2023

The Waste Warrior

The Waste Warrior

By Jeanette G. Awai Sian Cuffy-Young is a triple threat – a waste management educator, social entrepreneur, and consultant. Her road to get here has been scrappy, filled with hard-won battles against self-doubt. However, she is now on the path to disrupting how we educate on waste management across the Caribbean region. Conservation starts at home Cuffy-Young’s been resilient and […]

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November 15th, 2023

American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago(AMCHAM T&T) Message

American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago(AMCHAM T&T) Message

At AMCHAM T&T, we pride ourselves on being the pathway to the Americas. Simply put, we create opportunities for local businesses to expand outward, seek to attract more foreign direct investment, and work to strengthen the rule of law so that our nation becomes an even more attractive place todo business. There is no doubt that Trinidad and Tobago is […]

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November 8th, 2023

Shaping our Future

Shaping our Future

In this issue of ‘Who’s Who in Trinidad & Tobago Business,’ we explore the future of business. What is shaping our future? What are the trends, predictions, and insights propelling sectoral growth and development? In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, the importance of embracing emerging technologies stands out. From artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation, and blockchain technology to the Internet […]

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November 1st, 2023

T&T’s Economic Future

T&T’s Economic Future

Ministry of Trade and Industry The Trinidad and Tobago economy continues to show remarkable resilience as a result of deliberate and decisive action by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) is working closely with the business community to shape the future of our businesses and develop our non-energy sector. The MTI remains steadfast […]

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October 31st, 2023

Engagement, Leadership and Culture In Challenging Times

Engagement, Leadership and Culture In Challenging Times

INTERVIEW Indira Couch, Ph.D.CEO, ActionEDGE TT The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD’s) World Investment Report for 2021, revealed that Trinidad and Tobago experienced the worst Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in 2020 with negative FDI in the range of US$439M (approximately TT$3B). This leaves Trinidad and Tobago in a lurch where non-energy sector revenues become more necessary than […]

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June 29th, 2023

Social Insurance

Social Insurance

INTERVIEW Niala Persad-PoliahExecutive Director, The National Insurance Board of Trinidad and Tobago (NIB) Entrusted with the task of protecting insured persons against economic difficulty due to loss of earnings emanating from work-related contingencies, the National Insurance Board of Trinidad & Tobago (NIBTT) is an entity of massive importance for the citizens of T&T. Specifically, 634,381 citizens, or as NIBTT sees […]

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May 24th, 2023

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