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Adiós, Trinidad y Tobago

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

As my tour of duty as Ambassador of Mexico to Trinidad and Tobago is drawing to a close, I wish to express my gratitude to the authorities and people of this great nation. Over the past two years I devoted my time to strengthening our dialogue to sustain a fruitful relationship that expands far beyond the realm of our government-to-government interaction, but reaching individuals, companies, universities and organisations of different kinds.

Trinidad and Tobago is a country very close to the heart and affection of Mexico. It is also our main commercial partner among Caricom countries and is becoming a growing destination for Mexican foreign investment. In fact, Mexico’s largest cement company, Cemex, which recently became the majority shareholder of TCL, has led the way to an increased interest of Mexican entrepreneurs to learn about the Trinbagonian market, its legal framework and infrastructure, with a view of investing in this country.

The comments I constantly hear from the international business community are encouraging; they see Trinidad and Tobago moving towards consolidating its competitive advantages in the energy and manufacturing sectors. This may also explain why, in the coming years, the country is destined to be the gateway to Mexico’s trade and investment in the Caribbean region.

Tourism is also a highlight in our relationship, as pleasure and business travel have increased more than 10 per cent in the last five years, and a growing number of Trinbagonians travel to Mexico every year seeking specialised medical attention at competitive prices. In the past two years, we made important headway in cultural and education promotion, as well as in the security arena. Also, within the realm of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), we pursued a vigorous agenda of technical assistance and co-operation to foster regional development and understanding through assorted projects on prevention and preparedness for natural disasters, trade facilitation and sustainable tourism.

So, all in all, I leave certain that Mexico’s relationship with Trinidad and Tobago and the ACS member countries will continue to advance, enhancing our political, economic, cultural and educational ties.

From a personal perspective, closing my diplomatic tenure in T&T is proving to be a challenge as my family and I are leaving a place that truly felt like home. Trinidad and Tobago has been a journey of discovery that we will always treasure.

Alongside local friends, we roamed the island criss-crossing it from Chaguaramas to Mayaro and from Toco to Cedros; we did the same in Tobago. I enjoyed exhausting hiking excursions, appreciating the overwhelming exuberance of Trinidad and Tobago’s natural beauty. I learned so much about your culture, cuisine and traditions and experienced how the easy going mood and temper of Trinbagonians is contagious, much as it is in Mexico’s Caribbean region.

So, I take the end of my diplomatic duties as an opportunity to reciprocate by promoting a better understating of this part of the Caribbean, which my family and I shared for the past two years and now we consider a bit our own.

Jesús A López González

Ambassador of Mexico


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