Cablegate: Trinidad and Tobago Solicits Ftaa Secretariat

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E.O. 12958: N/A

The High Commission of Trinidad and Tobago in Ottawa has sent
us a diplomatic note announcing its government's interest in
hosting the FTAA secretariat and reqeusting USG support.
Please advise if and how we should respond to the High

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High Commission of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

NOTE NO: 52/03

The High Commission of the Republic of Trinidad and
Tobago presents its compliments to the Embassy of the United
States of America and has the honour to inform the latter
that the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
has announced its interest in hosting the Permanent
Headquarters of the Secretariat of the Free Trade Area of the
Americas (FTAA).

Situated midway between North and South America,
Trinidad and Tobago's strategic position at the convergence
of the Caribbean, South and Central America, makes the
country an ideal location for the FTAA Secretariat. Trinidad
and Tobago also boasts a socially and culturally diverse
society complemented by a stable democracy, a safe and secure
environment, modern infrastructure and a dynamic business

Trinidad and Tobago maintains one of the highest
standards of living in the region. The low cost of
utilities, transportation, food and leisure combine to make
executive living standards highly competitive when compared
with other major metropolitan centers within the hemisphere.

The Trinidad and Tobago bid has been endorsed by all
member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The High Commission of the Republic of Trinidad and
Tobago wishes to request the valuable support of the
Government of the United States of America in its bid to host
the Permanent Headquarters of the Secretariat of the FTAA.

The High Commission of the Republic of Trinidad and
Tobago avails itself of thsi opportunity to renew to the
Embassy of the United States of America the assurances of its
highest consideration.

2 June 2003

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