Trinidad and Tobago PM, Chinese Vice Premier Discuss Bilateral Ties
   2011-09-13 13:55:48    Xinhua      Web Editor: liuranran

Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar (front right) shakes hands with visiting Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan at Port of Spain, capital of Trinidad and Tobago, on Monday, September 12, 2011. Wang Qishan was in Port of Spain to attend the third China-Caribbean Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum. [Photo: Xinhua]

Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar exchanged views with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan on bilateral relations Monday.

During their talks on the sidelines of the Third China-Caribbean Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum, Persad-Bissessar said that bilateral relations have maintained great momentum in recent years with the expansion of people-to-people exchanges and practical cooperation in various areas.

Appreciating China's longstanding support for her government and people, Persad-Bissessar said that Trinidad and Tobago stands ready to work with China to expand cooperation in areas such as education, health, agriculture, science and technology, and infrastructure construction. She also said her country wants to add a fresh impetus to the development of bilateral ties.

Wang, for his part, said that thanks to the fruitful cooperation in economy and trade over the past years, Trinidad and Tobago has become one of China's most important trade partners in the Caribbean region.

The two sides need to further promote cooperation in such key areas as infrastructure construction, tourism, energy, minerals and agriculture and properly implement development projects in economy and technology, Wang said.

Cooperation in finance should also be strengthened to offer financial support for enterprises of both countries, he said.

China encourages its businesses to invest in Trinidad and Tobago with the win-win objectives of mutual benefit, the Chinese vice premier said.

After the meeting, Wang attended the signing ceremony of an inter-governmental agreement between China and Trinidad and Tobago.

Wang arrived here Sunday following a stopover in the Caribbean island nation of Bahamas.

The China-Caribbean Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum is the highest level of economic and trade dialogue mechanism between the two sides, whose mission is to facilitate economic and trade cooperation for common development.

The first two forums were held in Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, in February 2005 and in Xiamen, China, in September 2007.

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