Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Brazil president accepts invitation to visit T&T

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has accepted an invitation to visit Trinidad and Tobago.

Rousseff is the first woman to be elected president of Brazil.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Rousseff as well as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a number of women global leaders all participated in a side meeting at the United Nation's 66th General Assembly—"Women's Political Participation: Making Gender Equality in Politics a Reality" yesterday.

Following this meeting Persad-Bissessar held a press conference where she expressed thanks to all persons who played a pivotal role in ensuring the success of the meeting and also disclosed Rousseff's acceptance of the invitation to visit this country.

She noted Brazil's advancement in its energy sector and Trinidad and Tobago's own 100 years of experience in the field.

"Most of our traditional trading partners are in the North, it is very vital for us to cultivate South relationships," said Persad-Bissessar.

She noted that she had visited Brazil earlier this year to discuss a partnership with Trinidad and Tobago in the energy sector.

"When I was there I spoke to Petrobras... I had talks about an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) in the energy sector that had been there for many many years but had never been implemented and we agreed that we will review that MOU, given what is happening in Brazil now, with the energy sector and our expertise in the energy sector in Trinidad and Tobago. We will review that MOU and make changes such that there may be and move towards implementation," she said. —Anna Ramdass