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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Gopee-Scoon: TT stands with Venezuela

TRADE and Industry Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon yesterday reiterated this country’s commitment to Venezuela despite the worsening political, social and economic unrest in that country.

Speaking after launching a development initiative in Moruga on Wednesday evening, Gopee- Scoon said TT continues to send food and other goods to Venezuela as part of a trade agreement. “We have widened the product range from just basic food and we’re doing a lot more in terms of toiletries,” she said. “Every country has its good times and bad times. We stand by our neighbour and look forward to a better relationship. We have a lot of work to do in terms of trade, we also trade in energy services as well and also energy products.

“We look forward to all of the gas arrangements bearing fruit and I continue to be very positive about the relationship and on the horizon I see a great future in terms of trade in energy and goods,” Gopee-Scoon said.

Asked about recent oil finds in Guyana and whether local companies may become involved in the budding Guyanese oil sector, she recalled that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley had spoken to Guyanese President David Granger about that country’s energy sector at the last CARICOM heads of government meeting.


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