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14th February 2018

New Year's Message from BCCC's Hon. Chairman James Telfer

I wish all our Members and other readers a Happy, Healthy, Safe and Prosperous 2018, which as a perpetual optimist I am confident will meet some, if not all my wishes for you.

The local scenario may seem fairly bleak with challenges in the shape of rising crime, decreasing availability of currency - both foreign USD to cover import needs and TTD as job tenure becomes less certain - even with Carnival season upon us, T&T is hurting. World energy prices have made small gains reflected in a major profit recovery by Shell allegedly supported by gas, not oil and a justification of their high-priced purchase of BG which will hopefully point to a recovery in the fortunes of T&T. So, my optimism may not be too far-fetched in the coming months and years?

But how long will it be before the better figures of the energy giants in the region feed down to the “man-in-the-street” and we can breathe a sigh of relief confirming again that “God is a Trini”? Too long for many of us, I suspect. Have we made the most of things while the going was difficult and are we able and prepared to take full advantage of the recovery when it comes?

In a recent conversation with Marla Dukharan, former US Ambassador - John Estrada, identified several areas of our society requiring immediate attention, and words he used several times were accountability, leadership (both of which he suggested were short in T&T) and corruption, of which there was a significant surplus! He also postulated that white-collar crime and the lack of any convictions, the failure of extradition of alleged criminals were setting a very bad example to the (often very young) gang members that crime does pay in the absence of male role models to follow in their home and in our society. He made other points worthy of note that the crime problem has deteriorated over successive governments, that it was quite unrelated to the state of the economy and that solving it needed a long-term plan - not the luxury of politicians whose effective term in office was a matter of a few years until the next election.

So, how can businesses operate in this environment satisfying their customers, their stockholders, but always having to be aware of the less obvious but increasingly effective criminal classes who bring havoc and mayhem to our society?

We require, in my opinion, a resolve by both government and opposition to join in a “generational” plan that speaks with one voice - in the home, in the schoolroom, in the church, in the workplace, that crime will no longer be tolerated in the country and the protective services will be given the necessary tools and training to tackle it from the “broken window” upwards until it is no longer fashionable to live by crime, and this applies from the petty thieving youths to the major criminals who consider themselves above the law and are too big and powerful to conform.

How does this all relate to the activities of a small but dedicated Chamber such as ours? We only have few voices, but we support whistle-blowers, we believe in transparency and good governance, and oppose corrupt practices and will join with others of like mind to shout out “We do not like it so”! And one thing is very clear - if we do nothing, nothing will change, and when good men say and do nothing, evil will prevail.

James Telfer

24th October 2017

Quarterly BBE on Renewable Energy

This quarter’s BBE was once more well attended and the topic Renewable Energy (RE) was well received and thoroughly engaged all members present.

Our Feature Speaker, Ms. Anita Hankey, Senior Planning Officer, Team Lead - Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) Energy Research and Planning Division (ERPD) of the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries (MEEI), spoke passionately about Trinidad and Tobago’s need to be able to come up to speed with where we are in terms of developing and implementing Green Energy in comparison to other islands in the region.

Her focus was highly inclusive of educating the population, and in particular, how concepts and themes around renewable energy can be sustainably infused into the education system for our children and young people.

The evening included an interactive question and answer session which highlighted several alternatives for reducing energy costs.

The event was held at the Residence of the His Excellency Tim Stew, High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago.

3rd October 2017

Deloitte National Budget Review 2017-2018

**Review of the National Budget 2017/2018 Balancing today’s demands with tomorrows opportunities. October 3, 2017

Across the globe, economies are challenged to persevere and thrive in uncertain markets. Markets which are subject to disruptions through commodity prices, advanced technology and a global vocal community, where companies are forced to adjust to not only governmental and fiscal policies, but also the demands and concerns of their clients and customers.

At Deloitte, we look to support all of our clients with insights and advice to collaboratively move forward into the future with the confidence to achieve their business goals. The larger overseas markets have begun to show positive growth and it’s predicted the Latin American region will also experience minimal growth over the next year.

Deloitte National Budget Review 2017-2018 Click Link to Read Full Review.

27th July 2017

Monthly Economic Review - August

The British Chambers of Commerce’s (BCC) monthly economic review for August reveals that:

• UK GDP growth up slightly in Q2, boosted by stronger service sector output. • Inflation slows in June, while the UK jobs market goes from strength to strength.
• IMF downgrades its UK growth forecast as latest BCC QES points to subdued economic activity

Please click on the following link for the full review. BCC Economic Review - August 2017

24th July 2017

St Lucian Receives Top Honour From London Business School

Zania Polius graduated top of her class from BPP Business School in London on Friday 14th July 2017.

The event took place at London Guildhall Gresham St, London.

Zania received the highest achievement award in the BSc Professional Accountancy Degree in addition to an impressive fourteen (14) top performance certificates.

Originally from the Mabouya Valley, Dennery, the 22-year-old chose to accelerate her studies and completed the three year course in two years.

While at university she was part of the mentorship program in her first year assisting students with adapting to Higher Education life.

Click here for further details.

24th May 2017


The BCCC held its Quarterly Business Evening on 24th May 2017. The event was at the British High Commission residence in Maraval. His Excellence Tim Stew was the host, in collaboration with the British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce. The event provided advice on the Local Labour Law, Industrial Relations, and Handling Disputes. Guests arrived for pre-event cocktails and a meet and greet with officials, members and speakers.  We were honoured to have as presenters Senator the Honourable Jennifer Baptiste-Primus, Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development, and Mrs. Diana Mahabir-Wyatt, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director, PMSL. Click here to read full article.

20th June 2017

Meeting at Ministry of the Attorney General

Meeting at the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs on Tuesday 20th June 2017.

The purpose of the meeting:

Ms. Louise Blair, Regional Business Development Manager, Americas and Caribbean, University of London, Business Development Team, was here in Trinidad to promote their dynamic and internationally recognised distance and flexible learning courses across sectors.

Trinidad is one of their key markets for growth and although they have a strong academic history, they have not had any previous business development focused activity in the region. Click here to read full article.

6th April 2017

London Night of Poetry - Tribute to Derek Walcott

Saint Lucian Students studying in London as part of a BPP University Scholarship Program, which was jointly organised two years ago together with the British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce (Saint Lucia), last night (5 April) held a tribute to the memory of the late Sir Derek Walcott. A Night of Poetry staged by the BPP Saint Lucian Society at the University Campus in the heart of the City of London’s Financial District gathered to recognise the works of the Island’s greatest artist.

Performances, which included readings from the works of Derek Walcott were given by poets Kei Miller, an award-winning Jamaican poet, fiction writer, essayist and blogger and winner of the 2014 Forward Prize for Poetry, who read from his winning work, The Cartographer Tries to Map A Way to Zion, as well as Gemma Weeks who recited two of her popular works.

BPP University Saint Lucian Society President Raseda Felicien was joined by Rajiv Lennie in hosting the evening and introducing selected guests and members in attendance, including the President of the British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce (Saint Lucia), John Kennedy and Julia Neel of the BPP University who played such a critical role in admitting Saint Lucian students to the Scholarship Program, now over 2 years old.

John Kennedy told the gathering that tribute to Sir Derek was a fitting one from the sons and daughters of the Island that had inspired the Nobel Laureate who through his works had addressed not only the Island’s past but its future, its values and struggles with injustice and also a broad horizon of opportunity.

John Kennedy said “by coming to study in London and forming your own BPP University Saint Lucian Society you have shown your own awareness of who you are and who you wish to become. Sir Derek will be an inspiration in your understanding of the value of your own identity. Walcott with his command of language demonstrated that individual magnitude can shine through. Each one of us can be unsurpassed in our field if we possess the ability to rank among the best in what we do, together with a self-belief in what we are doing. But success will take endeavour and hard work. The most important advantage any of us has is opportunity and the greatest injustice is the denial of the opportunity to be who we”.

27th March 2017

BCCC Appoints New Country Manager - Trinidad

The British-Caribbean Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) appoints a new Country Manager, Trinidad Chapter

The British-Caribbean Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Nadira N. Persad as our new Country Manager effective March 2017.

In her new role, Ms. Persad will lead Trinidad Chapter and will be responsible for contributing to the overall strategy and increasing offerings to both existing and new members. Ms. Persad has exactly the right level and diversity of experience to be able to assist with business development and strategic growth initiatives in Trinidad and Tobago. Ms. Persad will work with the Advisory Board of the British-Caribbean Chamber of Commerce leading on Trinidad and Tobago issues.

In commenting on the appointment, Pauline Wade, Deputy Chief Executive of the BCCC noted “We are delighted to welcome Ms. Persad as the BCCC Country Manager, Trinidad and Tobago. BCCC’s main focus is enhancing bilateral trade and investment and given her extensive experience, Ms. Persad will strengthen the existing BCCC teams based at our Head Office in the UK and in St Lucia and the Eastern Caribbean.”

Ms. Persad said “I am both humbled and honoured to be appointed Country Manager. I look forward to further develop their already extensive and growing portfolio. This will allow for further strengthening and leveraging our national and regional relationships, as we look to help members exploit the changes we are seeing in the global market. I am excited to start a new challenge and look forward to supporting the Chamber grow nationally and internationally. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected company that prides itself on top quality service.”

Launched in 2001 BCCC Trinidad and Tobago, is a subsidiary of the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce one of the family of 52 accredited British Chambers of Commerce. In 2016, BCCC proudly celebrated 15 years supporting bilateral trade between Trinidad and Tobago and the UK.