Out From Under the Mango Tree
In spite of lingering security concerns, the twin-island nation of Trinidad & Tobago is attracting fresh investment in a number of areas.
Carjackings, kidnappings and armed robberies are on the rise in
English-speaking Trinidad & Tobago, but so far the violence
seems to be scaring away neither tourists nor foreign
investors. Nor is the increasingly anti-American rhetoric
coming from President Hugo Chávez in neighboring
Venezuela only seven miles from Trinidad at its closest
point. In fact, Chávez's populist politics makes
Trinidad seem even more business-friendly by comparison.
|The twin-island nation aims for
"Murder and kidnappings are two areas of particular concern,
but most of these crimes are gang violence and don't affect the
general public in a direct way," says Lyndon Guiseppi, managing
director at RBTT Merchant Bank Ltd. in Port of Spain. "No one
is running down Frederick Street snatching purses."
Even a recent rash of bombings in downtown Port of Spain and a
corruption scandal that brought down Trinidad's energy minister
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