Trinidad and Tobago Culture and Trade visits Liverpool

A First for Liverpool and indeed His Excellency Mr Garvin Nicholas, the High Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago visited Liverpool over a two-day period on Tuesday. 28th May. He,  along with his staff team Ms Karen Thomas, Ms Achi-Kemba Phillips were on a whistle-stop tour of our fair city,  taking in many of our cultural offerings including the newly refurbished Liverpool Central Library, The Liverpool Slavery Museum , a comprehensive tour of the Liverpool Town Hall hosted by the newly instated Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Garry Millar.  This long-awaited visit was orchestrated by  a very determined Trinidadian born, Councillor Ms Nathalie Nicholas from the Picton Ward.

During a formal reception at the Liverpool Town Hall, invited Business and Trade related guests were given  the opportunity to listen to several presentations opened by Cllr Nick Small Cabinet member for Skill Enterprise and Employment who  welcomed his guests from their London base in Belgrave Square.

Ms Karen Thomas-Trade and Business Facilitator for TT High Commission, focused on the huge potential to develop business links with key partners both here and Trinidad and Tobago, presenting four main areas of interest to the HC namely,  Creative Industry, IT/Digital and  Educational exchange opportunities, Green Energy along with Sea Port related services.

Now that’s when my little ole’ creative imagination,  and business head went into over drive, in terms of our strategic location upon the River Mersey and our well documented historical maritime global  links with far-flung exotic destinations.  The connectivity between Trinidad and Tobago dates back from 1797 as was pointed out by the High Commissioner during his opening address,  and in terms of the cultural/creative opportunities that runs through both cities, well the commonalities are endless…..think Festivals, Concerts, think Carnivals, think Music, think Filming locations, Hotels/ Hospitality. Food and Catering industry, Events Management, Cruise Liners,  all manner of artistry and dynamism on every possible level,  and there stands Liverpool, Trinidad and Tobago Diaspora, along with  many other nationalities that make up our very diverse population, enhancing that “Preferred Destination” status.

High Commissioner's visit to Crawford House in Liverpool 8

High Commissioner’s visit to Crawford House in Liverpool 8

Am I slightly bias in my overview of this visit? Guilty on all counts,  as it would be a crying shame for all those budding Artist, Entrepreneurs, Dynamic Thinkers with a” can-do” disposition and thirst for new opportunities in new robust and stable destinations to market their creative products, skills and intellectual property when such proposals are still waiting to be fully utilized.

I anticipate the follow-up and outcome of this initial fact-finding Cultural and Business Exchange visit with tempered optimism.  Now that’s pretty positive for me,  from my observation perspective.

By the way folks LOVING the “Scouse” meal presented at the Liverpool Town Hall Reception, and equally delicious Caribbean themed offerings at Crawford House catered by Executive Master Chef Mr Ian Jaundoo, and his apprentices from Liverpool Community College.

Job Well Done to the “Team Players”  who took time out of their busy diaries to support this event!!

His Excellency Mr Gavin Nicholas, don’t be a stranger now that you have met with us!

Trinidad & Tobago trade links boosted by Liverpool visit28 May 2013  12:08

His Excellency Garvin Nicholas, Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner in Britain, is welcomed to Liverpool
His Excellency Garvin Nicholas, Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner in Britain, is welcomed to Liverpool

After being met at Lime Street Station by the Brouhaha collective, who put on a puppetry display, the High Commissioner was due to visit several sites around the city, including the International Slavery Museum at the Albert Dock.

(Source Liverpool Echo on-line news)

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