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Education Advocate Malala Yousafzai has
praised T&T for its opportunities of offering free
education to all.
Yousafzai arrived at Piarco International Airport
at about 5 pm, where she was greeted by Minister
of Tertiary Education, Senator Fazal Karim.
Yousafzai was being brought to T&T by the Uni-
versity of T&T, which falls under the Ministry of
Tertiary Education and Skills Training.
Speaking with reports at Piarco airport, Yousafzai,
17, said T&T was a perfect example of what she is
advocating globally for, "This is a wonderful thing.
This is how we want other countries, to have edu-
She said T&T reminded her of her homeland
Pakistan. She said she was amazed by the country's
beauty as she flew in and the warmth of the peo-
ple.Guardian Media Ltd is the official media partner
for Yousafzai's visit.
Yousafzai, in her advocacy for girls' education,
resulted in her being shot by the Taliban. She was
shot in the left side of the head.
In 2013 she delivered an address to United Nations
General Assembly where she championed her cause.
She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in
2013, and again in 2014.
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On Wednesday, Yousafzai will deliver her feature
address at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.
On Thursday, she will again be featured, this time at a
gala event at the National Academy for the Performing
Arts in Port-of-Spain.
for 25TH JULY, 2014
PM to Japan:
Help T&T with arms treaty
Visa free travel, an embassy in Tokyo,
Japan, and an open invitation to set up
tech companies in T&T were some of the
gifts Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bisses-
sar showered on visiting Japanese prime
minister Shinzo Abe yesterday.
In exchange, she sought Japan's support
to set up the secretariat of the Arms Trade
Treaty in T&T, which seeks to set up inter-
national standards for the movement of
conventional arms and ammunition across
borders. Both Japan and T&T signed the
treaty in 2013.
These were some of the highlights yes-
terday after Abe touched down at Piarco
International Airport for an official two-
A statement from the Office of the Prime
Minister said bi-lateral discussions held at
the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann's, Port-
of-Spain, shortly after Abe's arrival to T&T.
At the airport, the Japanese prime minister
inspected a guard of honour before heading
to the Diplomatic Centre.
The Japanese Prime Minister, is accom-
panied by his wife, Akie, on a tour which
includes meeting with Latin American and
Speaking the T&T Guardian following
the bi-lateral talks, Foreign Affairs Minister
Winston Dookeran says T&T and Japan are
to consider establishing embassies in their
Dookeran said Persad-Bissessar said the
request from the Japan prime minister would
be considered. The foreign affairs minister
said the Japanese prime minister said the
doors of his country were also open for
business with this country.
The minister said Abe told the meeting
the matter relating to the setting up of the
secretariat of the ATT should be brought
"to the front burner."
Dookeran said Abe also expressed the
hope that Caribbean nations can work with
Japan on its climate change initiative. Abe
also attended a welcome banquet hosted
by Persad-Bissessar last night
The statement from the PM's office said
Abe expressed his gratitude to Persad-
Bissessar for the 90-day visa waiver.
Persad-Bissessar encouraged Japanese
firms to take up residency, particularly firms
involved in the areas of ICTs, Clean Tech-
nologies, and Agro-processing.
She advised that the Minister of Trade,
Industry, Investment and Communications
would pursue discussions with relevant
members of the delegation during their stay.
The Japanese Prime Minister agreed to
consider further areas of cooperation in
Persad-Bissessar noted the positive impact
on the south-western peninsula with regard
to job creation by the introduction of the
dimethyl ether (DME) Project, which has
been established by the Massy Group, the
Mitsubishi Corporation, and Mitsubishi Gas
Matters regarding climate change, renew-
able energy, Small Island Developing States
(SIDS), crime and security, triangular co-
operation, and the environment were also
pursued ahead of the Japan-Caricom Sum-
mit to be held today at the Trinidad Hilton.
Abe recognised T&T's role in Caricom
and advised that Japan would host the Fourth
Japan/Caricom Foreign Ministers forum in
Last evening, Abe also held bi-lateral
meetings with representatives from Antigua
Barbuda and Jamaica.
-with reporting by Rhondor Dowlat and
Pakistani school pupil and education activist Malala
Yousafzai arrives at Piarco International Airport
Malala praises T&T's
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shortly after his arrival at Piarco International Airport
South Terminal yesterday where he was greeted by Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston
Dookeran and Ambassador of Japan Yoshimasa Tezuka. PHOTOS: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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