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TFO Canada offers training on exporting to Canada
Canada's foremost provider of in-
formation on and linkages to the
Canadian import market, the Trade
Facilitation Office of Canada, led a
workshop February 2, 2017, for small
and medium-sized Tobagonian agro
processors interested in learning how
to find export success in Canada.
The half-day workshop for the Toba-
go Agro Processors Association offered
participants information on the Canadi-
an market, intelligence on specific sec-
tor opportunities and guidance on issues
ranging from how to connect to Canadian
importers, and the standards and require-
ments that products need to meet.
The seminar, which was a collaboration
between the High Commission of Can-
ada, the Tobago House of Assembly, the
Tobago Agro Processors Association, and
exporTT, was extremely well attended,
and included about 30 producers of prod-
ucts ranging from pepper sauce to wine.
"We are pleased to collaborate with TFO
Canada and our partners in Trinidad and
Tobago to arrange this seminar for Tobago
agro processors," said Mrs. Carla Hogan
Rufelds, Canada's High Commissioner to
Trinidad and Tobago.
"There is significant potential among
Tobagonian entrepreneurs and we hope
this workshop will help position them to
launch their products into the Canadian
Founded in 1980, the non-profit TFO
Canada promotes sustainable economic
development through export information, advice
and contacts. It facilitates access to the Canadian
marketplace and shares Canadian trade expertise
for the benefit of smaller male- and female-owned
businesses wishing to export to Canada. TFO Cana-
da delivers its trade information, advice and contact
services through a team of Canadian-based project
professionals and a network of over 40 associates
from around the globe: experts in a wide range of
trade-related activities, including sector-special-
ists for the Canadian import market, trade trainers,
and product development and marketing advisors.
The Environment is one of the themes for Canada
150. In keeping with this, the High Commission
funded a project by IAMovement, a local NGO,
whose aim was to raise the awareness of the issue
of Climate Change in Trinidad and Tobago.
The NGO visited schools across Trinidad and
Tobago to screen their 100% locally-made docu-
mentary film "Small Change" which made its de-
but at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival on
September 23, 2016.
Given that Trinidad and Tobago has been iden-
tified as the second highest per capita producer of
greenhouse gas emissions, "Small Change" high-
lights the ways in which renewable energy can help
mitigate the effects of climate change.
The series of school visits dubbed "#Climate
Talk" was very successful with students responding
very positively and enthusiastically. Students and
teachers both commented about the information
about renewable energies and how it makes not
only environmental sense but also economic sense
for the country.
The students were quick to point out that the film
left them with a strong desire to try to help improve
the country and protect the natural environment.
All in all, exposure to the film lent itself to a gen-
eral sense of optimism, inspiration and hope on
the part of all who viewed it. There was a sense of
importance and even urgency which was expressed
by some about the need for Trinidad and Tobago to
call upon the leaders and influencers in society to
make the change that is needed---greater care for
the environment and consideration of renewable
Exercise Tradewinds is a multinational maritime
interdiction, ground security and interagency exercise
led by the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM).
It focuses on countering transnational organised crime
and practicing humanitarian assistance and disas-
ter relief in order to promote regional security and
cooperation initiatives, such as the Caribbean Basin
It offers both Canada and the U.S. a unique activ-
ity to build on and synchronize national initiatives
in the region. Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS)
Kingston was deployed to Trinidad and Tobago to
participate in this exercise.
Exercise Tradewinds provides an important oppor-
tunity for the Canadian Armed Forces to strengthen
defence relationships between partner nations for
civilian government-led disaster response efforts.
It also strengthens regional defence capacities to
address threats to security and stability in the Car-
Canada is committed to ensuring the safety and
prosperity of North America and the Western Hemi-
sphere and the world by extension. According to the
new Defence Policy recently launched by Canadian
Defence Minister The Hon Harjit Sajjan "Engaged
in the world means the Canadian Armed Forces
are well-equipped to play their part in Canada's
contributions to a more stable, peaceful world.
The Canadian Armed Forces are an indispensable
instrument of Canada's foreign policy."
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