Captain Rawle Baddaloo - Chairman
Maritime Industry Development Committee (M.I.D.C.)
As a nation with a long-standing maritime history, Trinidad and Tobago continues to benefit from its exceptional location, away from the hurricane belt and its maritime accessibility between key trade routes, connecting the North and South American continents.
The domestic shipbuilding and repair sector developing as an offshoot from a rapidly expanding energy sector, which requires a strong maritime presence to support its offshore exploration activity. This sector also benefits from a growing domestic cargo and trans-shipment trade, as Trinidad and Tobago’s economy, continues to expand and our country is developing into a major maritime trading hub between the smaller Caribbean islands.
Trinidad and Tobago’s economic progress over the years has been due to a number of factors - our natural resources, traditions of hard work, entrepreneurship, the strength of our diverse, multi-ethnic society and the determination of government to implement policies, which not only move our country towards a path of growth and development, but one of economic diversification, from our non-renewable energy resources.
The Maritime Industry Development Committee (M.I.D.C.) was established to oversee the formulation of the Strategic Development Plans of the various domestic maritime clusters, thereby setting a course to make them internationally competitive and in a better position to continue to contribute to the national economy.
We appreciate all the efforts and contributions of the Shipbuilding and Repair cluster to nation building and are conscious of the fact that we will continue to work together for the further development of Trinidad and Tobago.
Captain Rawle Baddaloo
Chairman of the Maritime Industry Development Committee