Local manufacturing and distribution company VEMCO recently commenced trade with Cuba and marked the occasion with a small media briefing and the symbolic loading of a shipping container by company executives and representatives from both governments.
Senator the Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry commended the company on their new relationship with Cuba” calling it “a significant achievement and a major milestone.” She also commented that the shipment, which contains locally made sauces like ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard will “contribute to an increase in Trinidad and Tobago’s non-energy exports.”
Mr Christopher Alcazar, Chief Executive Officer, expressed pleasure in establishing a presence in the Cuban
market, according to him; “We are extremely excited to have our brand and product introduced in the Cuban market
and on the shelves for consumers. It has been a lengthy process but worth it and our company looks forward
to increased export opportunities and the continued support from the Ministry of Trade and Industry and
exporTT Limited as we continue to enter new markets”
Also present was Her Excellency Tania Diego Olite, Ambassador from the Republic of Cuba to Trinidad and Tobago. She saw the event as a great occasion that would bring benefits to both countries and encouraged the company to continue seeking “opportunities not only in trade but also in business and investment between both countries.”
The group posed for pictures while holding cases of Swiss Mayonnaise in front of an open shipping container draped with the National Flag of both Nations.