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Visit to Sweden opens investment opportunities
In his capacity as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to four Nordic countries, Garvin Nicholas recently made an official visit to Sweden where he discussed the latest advances in technology and opportunities for commerce with several business heads.
On October 10, Nicholas’ programme began with a tour of the Ericsson Studio where he was treated to a display of cutting-edge smart technology from application to control of arable farming, to smart homes and aesthetic and energy efficient cell-sites. A meeting with Ulf Pehrsson, vice president, government and industry relations and Ulrik Lindqvist, sales director, Latin America, followed.
Ericsson has significant ties to T&T, from the provision of mobile phones to 4G technology. Pehrsson identified some areas of opportunity which included liberalisation of new mobile applications such as e-Gov and Mobile Money; permit entry of Mobile Virtual Network Operator services to boost competition and allow refarming of the spectrum bands to enable mobile broadband growth. As a result of these discussions, Nicholas was invited to meet with the Ericsson team in T&T to review further areas for collaboration.
The ambassador also met with Helena Barrantes Carlsson, project manager, business, Sweden. Many of Sweden’s major industries align with T&T’s development focus, such as ICT, healthcare and life sciences, creative industries, safety and security, industrial equipment, energy and environmental technology, transport systems and food. Nicholas and Carlsson discussed the ease of doing business and the benefits to be derived in setting-up operations in T&T.
Nicholas was then hosted to lunch by Claes Hammar, ambassador for the Caribbean\ resident in Sweden and Jonas Lovén, director of the Americas Department, Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Nicholas’ tour of the Nordic region culminated in a meeting with Nina Hornewall, country manager, Sweden and Takis Filippopoulos, commercial director of Apollo. The Apollo representatives expressed great anticipation for the commencement of a two-week charter service to Tobago in December. Since launching the service, sales have been encouraging. Nicholas vowed to liaise directly with stakeholders in Tobago to impress upon them the importance of consistent service delivery to the success of this service.
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