Florida's Lt. Governor visit Trinidad
August 16, 2012: Florida’s Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll visited Trinidad from August 6-10, 2012, as part of a state trade mission and the State Department’s Speakers Program.
The Trinidad born Lt. Governor led a trade delegation comprising representatives from 30 Floridian businesses, under the umbrella of Enterprise Florida and organized by the American Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago. During the two day trade mission Lt. Governor Carroll met with several government Ministers, including Minister of National Security Jack Warner, Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Dookeran and Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment Vasant Bharath. Discussions centered on policies and practices in Florida which could possibly assist Trinidad and Tobago in combating crime and in the diversification of the economy. She also held meetings with local business representatives and toured the Pt. Lisas Industrial Estate.
As part of the Speakers Program from August 8-10, Lt. Governor Carroll met with visiting scientists and secondary school students as part of the NIHERST Caribbean Youth Science Forum; spoke on the U.S. election process at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine; as well as spoke to students on being the first Trinidadian-American to hold State-wide office at NALIS, Port of Spain.
Lt. Governor Carroll also met with the Commissioners of the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC), which administer elections in Trinidad and Tobago and chairwomen for the three main political parties. She was extremely impressed with the electoral systems in place to ensure the integrity of the electoral process and curious about the role of women in politics in Trinidad and Tobago.