Trade development expert Mahindra Ramesh Ramdeen is the new chief executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers' Association (TTMA).
He replaced Natasha Mustapha-Scott, who had been chief executive for over ten years. His appointment was effective yesterday, the TTMA said in a statement.
Since 2005, Ramdeen has served as trade development specialist at the TTMA. Prior to this, he worked at the Ministry of Trade as a fair trading investigator and later, as an economist. He was also an economist/investigator with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He has more than 20 years' experience in trade development, international relations, competition policy and economics, the TTMA said.
Ramdeen possesses a first degree in economics, a post-graduate diploma in International Relations as well as a Master's degree in the same discipline. He also possesses a second Master's degree (with distinction) in the area of International Trade Policy.
"I am honoured to be selected by the board for this important position," Ramdeen said. "I have a deep appreciation for the TTMA's work in promoting the competitiveness of manufacturers in Trinidad and Tobago, and I am committed to working with the Association's stakeholders in retaining and enhancing its high value position in the current dynamic business climate."
TTMA president Dominic Hadeed said, "Ramesh has the required skills and experience for this position, and has a proven track record of representing the interests of TTMA members in local, regional and international trade negotiations, and other trade matters.