September 1, 2001
Foreign direct investment has poured into Trinidad&Tobago's energy industry and local companies have expanded aggressviely in the Caribbean in recent years. The small island republic now has a vibrant capital market, for the country aspires to become a regional banking center. But its markets need greater depth and transparency, and less stringent regulations to reach that goal.
Trinidad's stock market has 32 listed companies with a market capitalization of around $5.1 billion as of July. Last year, local investment banks raised some $1.5 billion for Trinidadian private-sector and public-sector companies and $195 million for governments and corporations across the Caribbean.
The Caribbean republic of Trinidad & Tobago has created a vibrant capital market that seeks to act as a regional banking center, serving public - and priavte - sector institutions.