Trinidad & Tobago’s Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Surujrattan Rambachan will open the new twin-island republic’s Consulate General’s office on May 20.
Located at 185 Sheppard Ave. W, the spanking new facility will house the consulate, trade and investment and labour liaison staff. The consulate has been located in Willowdale for the past two decades.
T & T becomes the second Caribbean country – after Jamaica – to own the building housing its offices in Toronto.
High Commissioner Philip Buxo said there were five tenders for the refurbishment of the building that housed a law firm.
“We went with the lowest budget and the project was completed on time and on budget,” Buxo said at a press conference last week. “I am confident that our nationals will be proud of this facility.”
While in Toronto, Rambachan – a University of Western Ontario MBA graduate – will be the guest of honour at the T & T Diaspora awards gala to recognize nationals in the Greater Toronto Area who have made significant contributions to their respective communities.
The event was postponed last December shortly before Michael Lashley stepped down as Consul General. Consul Kathy Radoo has been acting as her country’s top diplomat in Toronto for the past four months.
“The process is in place to have a new CG,” said Buxo. “That is a priority in T & T.”
The High Commissioner also said honorary consuls will be established shortly in Halifax, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal to enhance trade relationships and serve the needs of nationals in those communities.
Buxo pointed out that the twin-island republic is open to investment in the areas of fishing & fish processing, food & beverage, yachting, merchant marine, printing & packaging, the creative industries, fashion, music & entertainment and film & animation.
He added that T & T is working closely with the twin-islands’ Tourist Development Company to promote tourism between the two countries.
“Trinidad is a vibrant multicultural society with colourful festivals such as Carnival and Diwali and Tobago is an unspoilt paradise for the sun seeker and the nature lover,” he said. “The two islands put together cater to a wide variety of interests and are an unbeatable combination…The goal of the High Commission is to ensure that Trinidad & Tobago becomes the preferred destination for the Canadian tourist.”