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2013 - SIGNS OF COMPETITIVENESS IN THE AMERICAS  /  Message from Trinidad and Tobago RIAC Chair Pro Tempore 2014

Message from Trinidad and Tobago RIAC Chair Pro Tempore 2014

Message from Trinidad and Tobago RIAC Chair Pro Tempore 2014
Dear friends and colleagues from across the Americas, it is a pleasure to welcome you as Chair Pro Tempore 2013 – 2014 for the VIII Americas Competitiveness Forum to be held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. We are very keen to take up the mantle in 2014, continuing from the accomplishments of Panama and the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC) to elevate the competitiveness agenda of the Americas. You will find Port of Spain to be an energetic city and the Forum’s focus on the human imagination will no doubt stimulate you.

In keeping with the precedent set by previous hosts, Trinidad and Tobago is committed to advancing the efforts of the RIAC. We do this by recognising that the genesis of competitiveness is human creative capacity derived from the human imagination. The human imagination therefore needs to be stimulated and nurtured in order to build competitive capacity. Exploring this concept further in 2014 will expand the innovative capacity of the Americas and open new opportunities for us to share and grow from each other’s experiences.

As RIAC member countries, it is our responsibility to be introspective about our individual needs, counteractive to correct our wrongs and collaborative in finding solutions and in charting a new course for our economic development. But we also have a competitive energy sector and some potent industrial clusters. We look forward to bringing a Caribbean perspective to the forefront through an exchange of ideas and experiences. In the Caribbean, we have many examples of innovation through our music, fashion, literature and tourism. We recognise that in order to increase our resilience, an innovative approach is fundamental. Consequently, we will lead the regional effort to strengthen the development process in the Americas.

With the support and guidance of the Organization of American States, we will continue to work towards the fulfillment of the mandate of the RIAC and to implementing the work of the Consensus of Santo Domingo. I take this opportunity to thank and congratulate the outgoing Chair Pro Tempore 2012 – 2013, Panama for her commitment to promote new partnerships and opportunities across the Americas.

Finally, I extend an invitation to you to attend the VIII Americas Competitiveness Forum to be held in Port – of – Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad is Nice. Tobago is special. A warm welcome awaits all of you.

Senator, Dr. the Honourable Bhoendradatt Tewarie
Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
RIAC Chair Pro Tempore 2014