Tricia Coosal appointed 65th President of the TTMA
April 8th, 2021 | Related To: Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA)
“To you the business community, in my capacity as President, I am committed to ensure an enabling environment is created. This allows for trade to prosper and grow, our manufacturing industry to expand and operate in a less than optimal environment, for the non-energy manufacturing sector to realize its potential to expand exports and to assist in the diversification policies of the government.”
March 24th 2021, Port of Spain- Tricia Coosal has been appointed as President of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturing Association (TTMA), taking over from Ms. Franka Costelloe who held the position from 2019 to 2020. Tricia Coosal assumed the position of President following the organization’s 2021 Annual General which was held at the Hyatt Trinidad on Wednesday, March 24th.
Tricia Coosal is the 65th President since the organization’s inception in 1956 and the third female to be appointed to the position. Ms. Coosal served as Vice President under the two (2) year tenue of Ms. Costelloe. She has been a Director with the TTMA for the past 4 years. In addition to her directorship at the TTMA, Ms. Coosal also chairs the Legislative Committee and is Vice Chair of the Infrastructure Committee.
Ms. Tricia Coosal is an Executive Director of Finance and Administration at the Coosal’s Group of Companies, holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in English and a Master’s in Business Administration. After completion of her studies, she joined the Coosal’s Group of Companies in 2011.
In her inaugural address to the membership, Ms. Coosal stated, “To you the business community, in my capacity as President, I am committed to ensure an enabling environment is created. This allows for trade to prosper and grow, our manufacturing industry to expand and operate in a less than optimal environment, for the non-energy manufacturing sector to realize its potential to expand exports and to assist in the diversification policies of the government.”
Ms. Coosal gave her commitment to work with the Minister of Trade and government of Trinidad and Tobago to improve the ease of doing business while outlining anticipated challenges such as illicit trade and port issues.
Ms. Coosal urged the membership stating “I encourage manufacturers to take advantage of the networking opportunities the TTMA has created in the first quarter of 2021 for some members to engage with large supermarket chains in the country, and by extension the region to substitute foreign goods with locally produced goods.”
- Mr. Ryan Lewis of Label House Group Limited & Mr. Dale Parson of Kaleidoscope Limited – Vice Presidents
- Mr. Emil Ramkissoon of New Wave Marketing Limited – Corporate Secretary
- The new members of the board:
- Mr. Barry Fakoory of VF Packaging Limited
- Mr. Rudy Rampersad of Ramps Logistics Limited
The TTMA serves over 500 manufacturing business across Trinidad and Tobago, facilitating compliance and adherence to good labour practice, promotes best practice industry standards and quality assurance, and provides marketing and public relations support. The TTMA also makes representation for its members in dealing with government, monitors and advocates in the area of legislation that relates to the sector, offers advisory services to its membership, actively promotes local, regional and international expansion through trade missions, fairs and exhibitions and assists in securing markets for both raw materials and finished products as well as in the sourcing of investment partners for members.