The Trinidad and Tobago delegation led by Prime Minister Keith Rowley arrived in Beijing China yesterday, Monday 14 May 2018, at around 4:30 am.
Rowley then participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Monument to the People’s Heroes in commemoration of those who lost their lives during the establishment of the Communist State.
See snippet of ceremony here: https://www.facebook.com/OPMTT/videos/619756235043562/
Following an official welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, the first official meeting took place between Prime Minister Rowley and H.E. Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.
In keeping with their commitment to deepen ties, the two nations engaged in a signing ceremony at which the following four memoranda of understanding were signed:
- Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation within the Framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative
- Memorandum of Understanding between the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on Strengthening Cooperation in the Field of Medicine and Health
- Memorandum of Understanding on Human Resource Development Cooperation between the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and the Ministry of Public Administration and Commemoration of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
- Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
This was followed by a State banquet held in honour of Prime Minister Rowley also at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Today- Rowley visited China Communications Construction Co. Ltd in Beijing where the possible partnership in the construction of the La Brea Drydock and possibilities for foreign direct investment in T&T were discussed.
He then met with His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China where he invited His Excellency to take advantage of T&T’s strategic geographical location as it relates to expanding trade and other services.
His Excellency expressed his willingness to encourage investment in T&T, whilst deepening longstanding ties and invited Trinidad and Tobago to participate in an international expo on importation taking place in China this November. An agreement was also struck between them to collaborate in celebrating the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Trinidad and Tobago and China next year.