Trinidad and Tobago

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Analysis

Analysis:

Profile: Trinidad and Tobago

In Trinidad and Tobago, political allegiance has long tended to follow ethnic lines. Simmering beneath the surface of Trinidad and Tobago’s politics is the nagging question of the racial divide. Although the government saw itself as the ‘rainbow’ coalition, in 2011  racial tensions had risen over the perceived ‘Indianisation’ of the civil service. The 2013 local government elections marked what one journalist described as ‘a return to tribal politics’. The results saw the Congress of the People (COP) lose a lot of ground and voter migration from the People’s Partnership to the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) and the People’s National Movement (PNM). In the view of political scientists the local government elections had established the ILP as the country’s third political party. At the same time the COP appeared to have lost most of its membership.

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Profile

Profile:

Profile: Trinidad and Tobago

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Head of State: President Anthony Carmona (Independent) (since 18 March 2013)
Head of government: Prime Minister Keith Rowley (People's National Movement (PNM)) (since 9 September 2015)
Ruling party: People’s National Movement (PNM)
Area: 5,128 square km
Population: 1.35 million (2014)
Capital: Port-of-Spain
Official language: English
Currency: Trinidad and Tobago dollar (TT$) = 100 cents
Exchange rate: TT$6.33 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$21,311 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 1.09% (2014)*
GDP: US$28.79 billion (2014)*
Labour force: 621,000 (2009)
Unemployment: 4.00% (2014)
Inflation: 7.04% (2014)*
Oil production: 112,000 bpd (2014)
Natural gas production: 42.10 billion cum (2014)
Balance of trade: US$5.43 million (2011)
Annual FDI: US$574.00 million (2011)
* estimated figure




















 

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