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LEGAL AID AND ADVISORY AUTHORITY
The Director/Chairman, Executive Members and Staff of the
Legal Aid and Advisory Authority join with the family, the law
fraternity of Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada and our
national and international communities in mourning the death
of Mr. Karl Hudson-Phillips, Queen's Counsel.
Mr. Hudson-Phillips Q.C. would be especially remembered
for his fearless advocacy, especially in landmark cases, his
yeoman service in the area of locally, regionally and
internationally and for his willingness to mentor his colleagues
in the proper practice of his profession.
The Legal Aid and Advisory Authority would have lost a Senior
Counsel who would have been willing to give of his time, talent
and treasure in assisting in the training of its Attorneys-at-law.
We join with the National and International Communities in
paying tribute to Mr. Karl Hudson-Phillips Q.C., a Legal
May he rest in Peace.
Justice for All
Israel B. Khan S.C.,
Legal Aid and Advisory Authority.
A trade mission of eight com-
panies from El Salvador, which
was in T&T from January 20 to
23, successfully closed multiple
new business deals, El Sal-
vador s La Prensa Grafica
The trade mission was organ-
ised by the Salvadorean Asso-
ciation of Manufacturers, known
by its Spanish acronym ASI.
Manufacturers of plastics,
sugar, tuna, paints, metal con-
tainers, flours, biscuits and more,
were on the mission.
"Though the value of deals
closed was not disclosed, Rigob-
erto Monge, co-ordinator of the
government ministry division
created to support the Sal-
vadorean private sector at inter-
national negotiations, said the
majority of companies firmed
up orders after meeting with
clients in T&T," Prensa Grafica
of El Salvador wrote about the
trade mission s return.
The Prensa Grafica quoted
Monge as saying the prices of
Salvadorean products are "more
competitive" even with the 20
per cent tax payable on entry.
Monge was quoted as saying
that if agreements between the
two countries come to fruition,
manufacturers will benefit.
Monge was in T&T as part of
the Salvadorean delegation that
came to Port-of-Spain for the
second round of negotiations of
a partial scope trade agreement
between T&T and El Salvador. The
delegation also came for negotiations
of a bilateral investment treaty and
tourism co-operation agreement.
The Salvadoran delegation was led
by Mario Roger Hernández, vice
minister of the economy of El Sal-
vador and Carlos Moreno, director,
Ambassador Mervyn Assam led
the T&T delegation.
Norris Herbert, director of trade
at the Ministry of Trade, Industry
and Investment, was the lead nego-
tiator for market access.
T&T Foreign Affairs Minister Win-
ston Dookeran told reporters at a
press conference on January 23, the
final day of the negotiations and
trade mission, that "negotiations of
a tourism co-operation agreement
were successfully concluded to the
satisfaction of both countries and
will be signed in the near future".
On the bilateral investment treaty,
he said: "Substantial progress has
been made in the negotiations of a
bilateral investment treaty, which
took place at the Ministry of Trade,
Industry and Investment.
The few outstanding matters will
be finalised through video confer-
ences over the next two weeks."
Dookeran said "progress was made
in all areas" of the partial scope trade
agreement, including market access,
rules of origin, trade facilitation,
customs procedures, legal and insti-
"Work will continue on the lists
of goods to be exchanged between
the two countries and video confer-
ences have been carded for February
and March, in preparation for the
third and final round of negotiations
which will be held in April in El Sal-
vador," Dookeran said.
Dookeran said the negotiating team
for the tourism co-operation agree-
ment visited Tobago January 22 and
meetings were held at the Cove
Industrial Estate with the secretaries
of the Tobago House of Assembly
(THA) and a representative of the
Dookeran told reporters the Min-
istry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry
of Trade Industry and Investment,
InvesTT, ExporTT, the T&T Cham-
ber of Industry and Commerce
(TTCIC), the T&T Manufacturers
Association (TTMA) and the America
Chamber of Commerce (Amcham)
all collaborated on the agenda for
the trade mission, which included
visits to the Trincity and West Malls,
Bhagwansingh, Tru Valu and Hilo
supermarkets. The delegation also
toured the port facilities in Port of
"At a private sector sponsored
luncheon, the delegation had the
opportunity to network with the pri-
vate sector of Trinidad and Tobago
and presentations were made by
InvesTT and ExporTT.
Mr Monge also made a presenta-
tion in which he outlined El Sal-
vador s record of investment
throughout Latin America and the
Caribbean and its current invest-
ments in T&T (Courts, Valpark
Shopping Plaza and the building of
a distribution centre in Central
He further underscored El Sal-
vador s willingness to do business
with T&T on a reciprocal basis,"
The delegation was also taken to
the launch of the Trade and Invest-
ment Convention (TIC) at the Court-
yard by Marriott. TIC takes place
from July 2 to 5 at the Centre of
Ramesh Ramdeen, CEO of the
TTMA, later said that five companies
from the delegation signaled their
intention to participate in TIC.
Dookeran said: "On the basis of
fruitful discussions between the
business community of both coun-
tries, the T&T private sector has
been invited to go on a trade mission
to El Salvador during the third round
Trade mission returns to
El Salvador with orders
Ambassador Mervyn Assam
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