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Trinidad & Tobago, Cuban Embassy, trade mission, business opportunities. and Tobago Wants Strengthened Trade Relations with Cuba. Cuba reiterates the will to continue strengthening its historic relations with Trinidad and Tobago. Port of Spain, June Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. Trinidad and Tobago was a founding member of the Caribbean Free Trade Trinidad and Tobago has been ambivalent about closer ties with Cuba.
Caribbean Islands Table of Contents Since achieving self-governing status inTrinidad and Tobago has followed a nationalistic and independent course in its foreign policy, and it has taken an active role in international and regional organizations, such as the UN and the Organization of American States OAS.
Trinidad and Tobago has made a point of insisting on its autonomy from United States foreign policy and its right to maintain relations with communist countries, especially Cuba. It has been an advocate of close Caribbean cooperation, as long as this did not adversely affect the domestic economy.
Trinidad and Tobago was a founding member of the Caribbean Free Trade Association Carifta and is also an important member of its successor organization, Caricom, which was established in Prior to independence inWilliams took several positions that emphasized the islands' sovereignty and their right to make their own decisions.
He fought for, and achieved, the right to sit as a sovereign member with the United States and Britain at the conference that decided the fate of the United States base at Chaguaramas see The Road to Independence, this ch. Prompted by economic considerations, Williams also made the decision to pull out of the West Indies Federation inthereby giving it the coup de grace. Both of these decisions illustrate fundamental policies of autonomy and zealous concern for a standard of living that is much higher than that of the other Commonwealth Caribbean islands.
Implementation of both these policies was made much easier by substantial oil revenues and the stability of the government. Since independence, Trinidad and Tobago has associated itself with, and participated in, many international organizations.Timeline: 50 Years Of Cuba-US Relations In Five Minutes
Upon independence, it became a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, and later that year it was admitted to the UN. In these organizations it has traditionally followed a policy of nonalignment and respect for sovereignty of states, a policy that in the late s the Robinson government made a point of endorsing. Trinidad and Tobago has taken an independent stance in the UN.
In the fortieth UN General Assembly inonly It opposed the trade embargo against Nicaragua and took opposing sides on other issues important to the United States. He was not, however, impressed with Cuba and, in the campaign, used examples from Cuba to demonstrate the superiority of capitalism.
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Trinidad and Tobago has been ambivalent about closer ties with Cuba, maintaining correct diplomatic relations but not encouraging Cuban initiatives.
Although Trinidad and Tobago denounced the coup against Grenadian leader Maurice Bishop and imposed sanctions against the Revolutionary Military Council, it opposed the subsequent United States-Caribbean intervention in that country see Grenada, Foreign Relations, ch.
Prime Minister Chambers condemned the use of force as a "first resort," arguing that a nonmilitary solution should have been pursued. Chambers was angered that he had not been consulted before the operation, as he was serving as Caricom chairman at the time. The government took the position that the Grenada crisis was a Caribbean affair and, as such, was the sole responsibility of the people and governments of the Caribbean.
Chambers and his external affairs minister, Basil Ince, felt that the United States-Caribbean intervention set a dangerous precedent for invasions of other states in the Caribbean. Nevertheless, the government expressed willingness for Trinidad and Tobago to be part of a peacekeeping force.
Public opinion in Trinidad and Tobago did not necessarily endorse the government's position on Grenada. A poll taken by an independent research group in Trinidad and Tobago showed that 63 percent felt that force was the only alternative.
A majority 56 percent thought that Trinidad and Tobago should have "joined the invasion;" 61 percent maintained that the decision by a majority of Caricom states to "invite" United States intervention was "justified.
From toJamaica was among the countries that sent patients to receive eye surgeries in Cuba.
During this period, 5, Jamaicans travelled to Cuba and 4, of them received surgeries to restore their eyesight. On July 28,an ophthalmology centre was established in Kingston and the first Cuban Brigade arrived on January 10, Up to the present, the Operation Miracle Brigade has carried outconsultations, and 16, patients have received surgeries, 6, of them from cataracts.
Under the scholarship programme of the Government of the Republic of Cuba, Jamaican students have graduated from medical sciences specialities, mostly as medical doctors. Each year, a group of Jamaican students are granted these scholarships targeted at those youth who do not have the financial resources to pay for their studies.
This year, eight students were awarded this possibility. There were also eight in and seven in Overall, and up toJamaicans have graduated in Cuba in different areas — in health care specialisations; in tertiary education; 77 in sports education and 14 as teachers.
Just this year, cooperation in education is celebrating its 20th anniversary. During Congress Pedagogyheld in Havana, first steps were taken and a letter of intent was signed between the ministers of education of both countries.
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The document set the foundation for the establishment of collaboration in the field. The first Cuban teachers arrived in Jamaica in to work at primary and secondary-level educational institutions. Inan agreement was signed with the HEART Trust to have Cuban lecturers in technical centres and to also send Jamaican students to be trained in technical specialities in Cuba. During these fruitful years, Cuban teachers have worked in all regions of Jamaica, in 29 primary schools, 17 secondary schools and three universities, teaching mainly Spanish but other subjects too.
Currently there are 59 Cuban teachers working with the same enthusiasm and dedication of the first day. Both the governments of Jamaica and Cuba currently undergo efforts to take the economic-commercial relations to the same level as the political-diplomatic ties. Concrete results have been achieved with specific accords and ongoing negotiations between Cuban and Jamaican enterprises that will lead to an increase of trade exchanges benefiting the two economies.
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Furthermore, Cuba and Jamaica will continue advancing in the project for the creation of the Regional School of Arts of the Caribbean — a noble idea proposed during the V Caricom-Cuba Summit aiming to create an arts educational centre in Jamaica at which talented Caribbean youth can have access to a high level of free artistic training.
The different struggles endured by Cuba during the years of the revolution have received the valiant and permanent defence of the Jamaican people. The Cuban people deeply treasure the fact that the Parliament of Jamaica has adopted resolutions against this cruel policy for nine consecutive years.
The Cuban people shall never forget the heartfelt mobilisation of the Jamaican people during the sad hours that followed the demise of the historical Leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro, and the participation of a high-level delegation led by Prime Minister Andrew Holness at the State funeral, or the sincere sentiments of condolence extended by close friends of Cuba and Fidel, like former prime ministers P J Patterson and Portia Simpson Miller.
Much has been done during these decades of fruitful relations, and certainly much is left to be done to further strengthen these ties.