“The world-famous magazine” Vogue Italia will be in Trinidad and Tobago on January 26 to do a special feature on this country’s fashion, Trade Minister Vasant Bharath said yesterday.
“Understand what that does for the fashion designers in Trinidad and Tobago, the potential of the market and the excitement it creates for young people that Trinidad and Tobago could be positioned on a global scale and there is a pathway in a sector like fashion,” he said.
He added the same thing was being done in music and film.
He was speaking in the House of Representatives yesterday on the debate on a motion to exempt certain classes of goods from Customs duties.
Bharath also announced that the use of the single electronic system along with the use of a new scanner would greatly reduce the time it takes to clear containers on the port.
He said the new scanner would be able to scan four to five containers per minute.
“No longer would it require the intervention of customs officers to open every container to search, unless there is some suspicion that there may be something in there that is not legally allowable.
“Other than that, the scanner will scan containers as they come in,” he said.
Bharath said an interministerial team was established to ensure all the areas outside the Ministry of Trade which caused the country to score low in the ease-of-doing-business world rankings, were improved. He said the country’s current score was 66 in the world.
But this was a huge improvement on the score of 88 two years ago.
“Our intention is to be in the top 50 by the end of 2014,” he said.
He said exemptions were being offered in sectors which Government wished to promote.
The areas were agriculture, tourism and mining.