Cablegate: Trinidad and Tobago Solicits Ftaa Secretariat

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.




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

Begin text:

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

End text.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Myanmar: Military Must Stop Murdering And Jailing Protestors – Bachelet

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday said security forces in Myanmar must “halt their vicious crackdown on peaceful protestors,” following another day of deadly violence across the country on Wednesday... More>>

Syria: Economic Decline, Rising Hunger And Surging Humanitarian Needs

Syria’s fragile economy has “suffered multiple shocks” over the past 18 months, with its currency plummeting and joblessness swelling as people struggle to cover their basic needs, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council ... More>>

OECD: Final Quarter Of 2020 Shows Continued Recovery In G20 International Merchandise Trade

G20 international merchandise trade continued to rebound in the fourth quarter of 2020 ( exports up 7.2% and imports up 6.8%), following the sharp falls seen in the first half of 2020, as lockdown measures affected trade globally. Although growth ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

UNFCCC: Greater Climate Ambition Urged As Initial NDC Synthesis Report Is Published

UN Climate Change today published the Initial NDC Synthesis Report, showing nations must redouble efforts and submit stronger, more ambitious national climate action plans in 2021 if they’re to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise by 2°C—ideally 1.5°C—by the end of the century... More>>

2021: Critical Year To ‘reset Our Relationship With Nature’ – UN Chief

During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritizing nature-based solutions. Painting a picture of the turmoil ... More>>

Paris Agreement: UN Secretary-General António Guterres To Mark U.S. Reentry With Envoy For Climate John Kerry

Watch live at UN Secretary-General António Guterres will join U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry at an event marking the United States’ reentry into the Paris Agreement this Friday. The discussion with the Secretary-General ... More>>