Trinidad woos Bollywood, pitches LNG

India Blooms News Service


Kolkata, Jan 11 (IBNS) Trinidad and Tobago is wooing the Bollywood film industry to shoot their film on its exotic locales while pitching its own oil and natural gas and LNG to the Indian government.

“We are looking for market in India. We are offering oil and natural gas and our expertise on the same. India needs LNG (liquefied natural gas), they can get more energy from us,” Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar told IBNS here on Tuesday night.

Trinidad and Tobago has made a transition from an oil-based economy to one based on natural gas and about half of the country's natural gas production is converted into liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the Atlantic LNG facility in Trinidad and exported, making it the fifth-largest exporter of LNG in the world . 

The Prime Minister, who spoke ahead of a dinner Tuesday night at the Bengal Chamber in Kolkata hosted by the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) , said her country is wooing the Bollywood film industry and her representatives are in Mumbai.

“We are offering several incentives as part of our policy. We want the Bollywood film making industry to go there (Trinidad and Tobago),” she said.

According to its official policy, for the prospective film producer, Trinidad and Tobago not only pitches its location sites but also a pre and post production facilities with key incentives to film companies who select TT for their production, including a rebate programme.

Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who is now touring India and began with the attendance at Jaipur at the NRI and PIO meet known as the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas as the chief guest this year, said she is looking for collaborations in Information Technology, maritime industry, fashion and education.

She harped on fashion industry and lauded the strides in India in the sector.

Known for her strong support to women’s cause worldwide, the first woman prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, said India is like the grandmother since a major section of the population there had its origin in India.

Trinidad and Tobago foreign minister Surujrattan Rambachan said the prime minister has set upon herself the task of connecting globally for women issues.

People of Indian origin (east Indians as they are known) constitute about 42 to 45 per cent of the total 1.3 million population of Trinidad and Tobago.

Indians had gone there as indentured labourers after abolition of the slavery system in erstwhile British colonies in 1838.

On 16 Nov 1844, the Indian Government legalised emigration to Jamaica, Trinidad and Demerara (Guyana).

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is touring Kolkata to visit the Kolkata Memorial Monument by the Ganges from where her ancestors had set sail for Trinidad and Tobago in the middle of the 19th Century as indentured labourers.

She is also visiting her ancestral village of Bhelupur in Buxar district of Bihar later in the day, though she said she is not too sure of the exact place. 

Meanwhile, the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) top officials like Sunny Kulathikal and Mridul Pathak said they are trying to strengthen the organization’s activities globally.

Malay Mishra, Indian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, urged GOPIO to be more active in the Caribbean nation. 

(Reporting by Sujoy Dhar)