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BUSINESS GUARDIAN www.guardian.co.tt AUGUST 2013 • WEEK ONE
Outgoing India High Commis-
sioner to T&T, Malay Mishra
has described his efforts to
bring T&T and India together
during his four years and five
months in T&T as "fruitful."
In an interview on Friday at the High Com-
missioner s residence in Federation Park, Mishra
said it was an opportunity to learn about T&T.
"I worked here and I felt that my work paid
off. The Prime Minister s visit (to India) was
one example of how we looked at each other,"
In early 2012, Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar visited India on invitation from
India s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. She
was accompanied by a high-level ministerial
delegation. Mishra was also present in India
during her visit. The leaders held bilateral talks
aimed at forging closer ties between the coun-
One of the items on the agenda was closer
ties through education. Mishra said approvals
have been obtained for the establishment of
a medical school in T&T, in collaboration with
the Atlantic Education Services LLC, (AES)
which would be investing US$48 million. The
college will be offering a masters programme
"AES was hoping to start sessions this Sep-
tember but this had to be delayed until April
The Accreditation Council of T&T needs
to grant approval for the project first.
"Students from T&T and the world will be
invited to apply."
The AES is receiving assistance from an
education provider in Hyderabad which will
bring specialists from India to teach as well
as practice medicine here.
Mishra welcomed the introduction of
ayurvedic medicine to T&T. He sees this as
another successful venture. In July, 2012 the
Indian High Commission launched a Centre
for Ayurveda. He said a chair for the ayurveda
has been set up.
"The chair is now going into teaching
ayurveda at UWI and an ayush information
centre has been set up in the High Commis-
But medicine is not the only focus.
A company called A to Z will be setting up
operations in T&T to provide waste manage-
"They will be constructing a processing
plant for the domestic as well as export market.
They are at the final stages of approvals."
Also, an information technology company
has expressed an interest in a joint venture
with a local company to manufacture tablets
computers in T&T.
The products offered by businesses from
India are wide and varied. Mishra said there
is potential for gems and jewelry, hand-crafted
furniture, consumables and pharmaceuticals
to be offered to the T&T market as a survey
conducted showed demand for these goods.
Solar energy is another area from which
T&T can benefit.
Mishra said a team of T&T experts, including
Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine, is expected
to go to India in 2014 to sign a Memorandum
"When that is done, we will have a big
thrust in solar energy, training, research and
experts coming to T&T to start joint ventures.
We are placing a good emphasis on solar and
we feel that could also help T&T in diversifying
its energy sector."
Regarding the small and medium enterprises
sector (SMEs), experts from India can come
to T&T to render their assistance.
"We have our MoU ready on this to bring
expertise from India to assist in the setting up
of small business clusters. Our experts will
hold the hand of that entrepreneur and lead
him to identify what he wants to use in his
business. Financial and legal support will be
given until the time he can produce a prod-
About 40 per cent of India s total industrial
output comes from the SME sector and 25 per
cent of total exports are from the SMEs.
Misra encouraged entrepreneurs and small
business owners to visit India to explore the
many other business opportunities available.
But before business relations can be devel-
oped further, there must be adequate airlinks
between the two countries. In late March, both
Air India and Caribbean Airlines Ltd (CAL)
were in talks in a bid to arrive at a code-sharing
agreement. Mishra said it would take some
time for the negotiations to fructify. The links,
he said, "will depend on the commercial via-
bility of the flight."
He leaves T&T, though, with the concern
that the original language which came with
our Indian forefathers, Hindi, has not been
"The High Commission will be striving to
revive the language. In addition to formal class-
es, we have organised an action task force and
invited organisations such as the Sanatan Dhar-
ma Maha Sabha and the Ministry of Education
to frame a policy plan to reintroduce Hindi."
If the language is revived it will encourage
T&T nationals to further appreciate the culture,
T&T is the eighth posting for him and one
which was a cultural learning experience. Soca
music, Carnival, dance, and "the exuberance
of the people" are some of the things which
Mishra said he would miss. He also holds Toba-
go very dear to him after starting a bilateral
"I basked in the warmth and affection of
the people. I felt everyone was a part of me
and I was a part of the people of T&T. I will
always remain that, I will always cherish that.
Your country is very rich in every sense. You
will have to develop it further with your own
efforts. You will have to be more productive,
more creative, more innovative. The ground
work is there.
"I have received so much affection from the
people and I certainly would cherish it. I wish
to come back to T&T some time and I feel
that I can still serve T&T from wherever I am.
Bound for Budapest, Hungary, Mishra takes
up office in September 1, with a mandate to
organise a state visit to India in mid-October
for that country s Prime Minister.
The new India High Commissioner to T&T,
Gauri Shankar Gupta, takes up his post on
Medicine, SMEs and
education will bind T&T, India
Outgoing India High Commissioner Malay Mishra:
Malay Mishra, Outgoing India High
Commissioner to T&T
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