China has promised to deliver a Long Range Vessel (LRV) to the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard in the shortest possible time.
Following the announcement, Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar expressed delight and said she convinced Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, that the T&T Coast Guard needed two vessels to lock down this country’s borders in light of the increase in arms and narcotics trafficking.
The Prime Minister said she was aware that China was building two LRVs and pleaded with Li Keqiang to sell one. She said a team from the T&T Coast Guard recently visited China and proposed that T&T acquire one LRV right away.
Today, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar led a T&T delegation to bilateral talks with the Chinese Premier and top officials of the Chinese Government at the Great Hall of the People here in Beijing.
Mrs. Persad-Bissessar also sought assistance from the Chinese in the establishment of a National Operations Centre (NOC), saying that a Chinese company was already interested in such a project.
Mrs. Persad-Bissessar went to the table in Beijing with a list of proposals, hoping to convince her Chinese counterpart to assist.
In her discussions, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar sought assistance with the following:
1) Construction and design of six new Economic Zones in Trinidad and Tobago.
2) Development of a trans-shipment Port and Dry Dock in South Trinidad.
3) Early processing of a loan agreement with the China Exim Bank so these projects can be expedited.
4) Construction of two new hospitals.
5) Removal of asphalt from the Pitch Lake in greater capacities.