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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
As High Commissioner for Canada to the Republic of T&T,
this is the 3rd Canada day that I will be celebrating in your
wonderful country. It has and continues to be my pleasure
and honour to represent Canada in dynamic, multicultural
environment, working to enhance our already important and
mutually beneficial bilateral relations.
Here in Port-of-Spain, our High Commission has both a
Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service and a Trade Commis-
On behalf of the High
Commission and the
Canada, I bring you
warm greetings on
the occasion of the
148th Anniversary of
Canada's National Day.
His Excellence Ge rard Latulippe,
High Commissioner for Canada
sioner Service. We also have a Defence Attache (resi-
dent in Cuba) and an RCMP Liaison officer. Additionally
we also provide consular and passport services to
Canadians living in or visiting T&T. The High Commis-
sion also has an immigration component which pro-
vides immigration services for over 22 countries of the
Through the government's Strategy for the Engage-
ment in the Americas, Canada focuses on advancing
prosperity, democratic governance, rule of law, and se-
curity in the hemisphere. And it is these three themes
which guide our activities here in T&T.
A vast, bilingual, multicultural parliamentary democ-
racy of 34 million people, Canada has thrived and de-
veloped into one of the world's most liveable countries
-- so says the UN Human Development Index. With a fi-
nancial system recognized as being one of the sound-
est in the world, and leading the G8 with the strongest
economic growth and lowest debt and deficit, Canada
looks confidently towards the future.
Like T&T, Canada is blessed with a diverse, tolerant
population and abundant natural splendours and re-
sources. It is a dynamic country with a forward-looking
perspective and a keen awareness of, and involvement
in, our global community, especially in the hemispheric
group of the Americas. This region holds special impor-
tance for Canada. The Americas are our neighbourhood.
And the Caribbean is our family.
T&T is a major partner for Canada in the hemisphere
and is regarded as a leader in the Caribbean region. Our
longstanding bilateral relationship will be 52 years old
this coming August and covers a wide variety of areas
including trade, security, education, health, justice and
Canada is a proud trading nation in the Americas.
Our growing trade and investment relations are built
on Canada's commitment and support for greater pros-
perity, security and freer markets.
Our strong people-to-people ties - with over 11 per
cent of immigrants to Canada coming from Latin Amer-
ica and the Caribbean - further strengthens our bonds of
partnership and friendship. Boosting our Canadian trade
and investment in the Americas is yielding significant re-
sults, with an increase in bilateral trade of more than 40
per cent since the hemisphere was first declared a for-
eign policy priority of the Government of Canada in 2007.
Opening markets, attracting foreign investments,
and helping companies partner and invest overseas are
important components of our government's approach
to generating economic growth and job creation both
in Canada and abroad.
In 2014, T&T was Canada's largest merchandise
trading market within CARICOM and third largest after
the Dominican Republic and Cuba in the Caribbean re-
gion. Canadian companies are active in a broad range
of sectors in T&T, from infrastructure to marine serv-
ices. The Canadian High Commission is proactively pro-
moting energy, infrastructure, defence and security,
education, and corporate social responsibility as prior-
ity sectors, and is exploring opportunities in the agri-
SECURITY AND DEFENCE
In the security sector, Canada provides cooperation
and assistance in the form of training and capacity build-
ing in fields such as law enforcement, border services
and the military to deal with issues such as drugs, or-
ganised crime, health pandemics and natural disasters.
Our cooperation with Caribbean partners on the secu-
rity front -- traditionally very strong -- has been signifi-
cantly enhanced through Canada's Anti-Crime Capacity
Building Fund. In T&T, one of the signature projects made
possible by this fund is our C$1.3 million Criminal Justice
Reform project. This project has made many important
contributions over the past year, including assistance
with legislative drafting and various training programs.
Canada is also providing expertise in the areas of money-
laundering, bringing experts to work with the authorities
in T&T government to assist in beefing up the capacities
to detect and investigate such cases as may exist.
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