Seventeen British security firms staged a private exhibition at the Hyatt Regency in Port-of-Spain to showcase their security devices and services. The exhibition displayed the capabilities of the companies in front of Trinidad and Tobago’s national security forces and a few private security firms.
Britain’s High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, Tim Stew, addressed the delegates a day before the exhibition at the Security Networking Cocktail Reception. Stew said the companies were partners offering quality and innovation.
The Trinidad and Tobago Government is working hard to improve security in the nation. Stew said that Britain was a key partner when it came to supporting the Government, and Britain was providing advice and support, sharing its experience but not imposing answers.
“Those answers have to be home grown,” explained Stew. “But we can also provide direct support through commercial means. This is why we have brought so strong a delegation here this week.”
In the past, several British goods and services have been delivered to the island nation. The Air Guard received training in helicopter operations by Helidecks, AgustaWestland and Cobham, and New Century trained the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management in crowd management. Many similar British trade missions and market visits have been hosted, and security goods and services are one of them.
“We needed to allow the Government a little bit of time to settle into the flow of their work, and to decide what their agenda is, but obviously not to leave it too long because we have a lot to offer. We have very strong links going back over many years. Of course, I’m here to develop those links across the board, but the commerce between us is a key element of that,” said Stew.
If all goes well, private security firms may have a presence in Trinidad and Tobago, and British security contractors may end up with contracts even though the new Government has to deal with economy-related challenges.