|On May 29, 2017, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Keith Rowley, made an official visit to our country, where he met with former President Michelle Bachelet. The meeting highlighted that Trinidad and Tobago is a very important partner for Chile in energy matters, as the main supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Trinidad and Tobago is the destination of 38% of Chilean exports to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Likewise, a memorandum of understanding between both governments on cooperation and development in intellectual property matters was signed.
Among relevant activities it can be highlighted the First Meeting of Political Consultations Chile-Trinidad and Tobago, held in Port of Spain in April 2008, with the presence of the Director of North America, Central America and the Caribbean of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile. On the occasion, the state of relations was analyzed and new areas of joint cooperation were identified with the authorities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago.
In June 2008, the "Esmeralda" School Ship arrived in Port of Spain in the framework of its "53rd Instructional Cruise". It was open to the public, being visited by a large number of people and schools. On the other hand, the experience of the Bridge of Solidarity and Social Investment Fund (FOSIS) program in Trinidad and Tobago and other countries in the region began to be successfully applied
In the field of cooperation and, with the support of the Chilean International Cooperation Agency (AGCI), the program "Diploma in Methodology for Teaching Spanish" for Spanish teachers was conducted for four years (2006-2009) from the Anglophone Caribbean, six Trinitarian professors participating in the last course. On the other hand, representatives of the Ministry of National Security of Trinidad and Tobago have participated in improvement programs in various areas. Likewise, in conjunction with AGCI and the General Directorate of Maritime Territory and Merchant Marine (DIRECTEMAR) a regional seminar on "Coastal Border Administration" was organized, with the participation of practically all the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
In the cultural field, in 2008 the Embassy participated in the First Latin American Film Festival in Port of Spain, an opportunity in which the films "Subterra" and "My best enemy" were shown. That same year it was possible to broadcast the international signal of the Chilean National Television (TVN) to Trinidad and Tobago and various islands of the English-speaking Caribbean, thanks to an agreement with a cable television provider.
Regarding the prevention and management of emergency situations, in 2009 the Government of Trinidad and Tobago expressed interest in the Chilean Simulation System for Emergency Management and Training (SIGEN). Chile sent two SIGEN instruction missions, which carried out exercises with its Trinitarian counterpart, the Office of Administration and Disaster Preparedness Management (ODPM).
In the field of law enforcement, and through the International Cooperation Program for Uniformed Police, Chile granted in 2009 two scholarships for Trinbagonian police officers to participate in the CECIPU Protection Course for Important Persons taught by Carabineros de Chile.
In the commercial area, the Seminar "Chile, Land of Opportunities" was held aimed at both private and public sector.
On February 23, 2010, President Michelle Bachelet made a State Visit to Trinidad and Tobago, meeting with the main authorities of the country. On the occasion, a Memorandum of Understanding on Energy Cooperation was signed and it was agreed to start negotiations for the signing of a Partial Scope Economic Agreement. The first negotiation meeting took place in Santiago, on April 28 and 29, 2010.
Finally, it should be noted that Trinidad and Tobago has become a strategic energy partner for Chile, as it is one of the four suppliers of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). So far, two LNG shipments have been made to Chile. The first in June 2009 and the second during the first quarter of 2010.
A significant point for the bilateral relationship is the donation of one million dollars made by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago through its former Prime Minister Patrick Manning, as a contribution to the reconstruction of Chile after the earthquake of February 27, 2010.
In the field of the mutual visits, the Minister of Education of Trinidad and Tobago, Tim Gopesingh, participated in the Seminar "Regional Political Dialogue on the Advancement of School Infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean and the Financial Role of the Private Sector", organized by the IDB and held in Santiago on October 26 and 27, 2010.
For his part, the Minister of Labor of Trinidad and Tobago, Errol Mc Leod, participated in the American Regional Meeting of the ILO, held between December 14 and 17, 2010, while the Chief of Defense Staff, Roland Maunday attended the Preparatory Expert Meeting of the III Meeting of Public Security Ministers of the Americas.
In September 2011, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Mr. Alfredo Moreno and his then counterpart Mr. Surujrattan Rambachan met in the framework of the UN General Assembly in New York. On the occasion they reviewed different sides of the bilateral relationship, including trade and cooperation matters.
In November 2011, with the aim of sharing the Chilean experience in seismology and building codes, it was developed a series of presentations, workshops and meetings led by the Director of the Seismology Institute of the University of Chile, Mr. Sergio Barrientos and of the Professor of Structural Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering of the Andean University, Mr. Jorge Crempien and with the participation of the Center for Seismic Research (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI); the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT); the University of the Southern Caribbean (USC); the Ministry of Housing; Public Works; Office of Disaster Preparation and Administration; the mayor of Port of Spain; and various municipalities; in addition to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago at the time.
In December 2011, the Seminar "Dissemination of the Chilean experience in the teaching of mathematics in Primary Education" was held by the Doctor of Mathematics and National Science Awardee 2011, Mr. Patricio Felme. He was invited to the 10th Conference of Young Scientists of the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World. He also visited the University of the West Indies, where he gave a lecture to professors and postgraduate students in mathematics.
Regarding cooperation activities, in January 2012 the Executive Director of AGCI, Ambassador Jorge Daccarett, and the Director of Horizontal Cooperation, Mr. Eugenio Poessel, met with the senior executives of CARICOM and also the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago and the Director of CARICOM and Caribbean Affairs, Ms. Jennifer Marchan. The objective of the meetings was to identify areas of joint cooperation. Three fundamentals areas were identified: natural disasters (especially seismology and building codes), teaching Spanish as a second language and phytosanitary training.
In February 2012, within the framework of the Second Comixta Chile-CARICOM, held in Santiago, the foreign ministers of Chile and Trinidad and Tobago met again.
In March 2012, the "Agreement on Authorization for Dependents of Diplomatic, Consular, Technical and Administrative Personnel of Diplomatic and Consular Missions to Perform Remunerated Activities" was signed. This constitutes an important advance for the achievement of a better insertion and professional development of the relatives of the diplomatic personnel accredited in this mission.
In April 2012, it was donated to the Presbyterian School "Canaan", in the city of San Fernando 10 computers, a printer and school supplies in compliance with the Chile School Program. A donation ceremony took place with the participation of representatives of the local Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Presbyterian Education Council and Professor Ms. Marsha Dass, who in 2011 participated in the Scholarship Diploma in Methodologies for Teaching Spanish as a Second Language.
In July, it was held at the Center for Seismic Research (SRC) of the University of the West Indies, the handover ceremony of two CGPS donated by our country as a contribution to the research work carried out by the center. Representatives of the said University, local Foreign Ministry and the SRC were present at the event.
In October, the "Good Practices: Pest Risk Analysis" seminar was held. This was supported by the Chilean Agency for International Cooperation (AGCI) and the technical assistance from the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) of the Ministry of Agriculture. Plant health technicians from the Ministries of Agriculture of 12 countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) participated. This seminar was enrolled in the field of south-south technical cooperation that our country has been carrying out regularly with CARICOM, seeking to share knowledge and experience acquired in this and other areas of common interest. During its development, the international regulations and the legal framework in force in our country regarding risk analysis of pest installation were reviewed. Control and monitoring mechanisms were studied in specific cases such as the USA, Australia and Chile, to finally develop various examples in the field of risk detection and management.
In December 2012 the imposition of the Order Bernardo O'Higgins in the degree of Grand Officer to the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of that country, Surujrattan Rambachan, was carried out at the ambassador's residence in Trinidad and Tobago. During the ceremony, the ties between both countries and the common vision of the CELAC integration process were highlighted.
In January 2013, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Winston Dookeran attended the CELAC and CELAC-EU summits on behalf of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
On May 29, 2017, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Keith Rowley, made an official visit to our country, where he met with former President Michelle Bachelet. The meeting highlighted that Trinidad and Tobago is a very important partner for Chile in energy matters, as the main supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Trinidad and Tobago is the destination of 38% of Chilean exports to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
Likewise, a memorandum of understanding between both governments on cooperation and development in intellectual property matters was signed.