Samaroo Jets Steel Orchestra, celebrating 50 years this year, represented Trinidad and Tobago at China’s premier trading event for Latin American and Caribbean countries. The 2017 China-Latin America and the Caribbean International Exposition (CLAC Expo) was held from 9-11 November 2017 in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province in China. The CLAC Expo, hosted by the China Chamber of International Commerce, was held at the Zhuhai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The CLAC-Expo, hosted by the China Chamber of International Commerce, was held at the Zhuhai International Convention and Exhibition Center in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China.
The purpose of the Exposition was to enhance economic and trade cooperation between China and Latin American/Caribbean countries. By promoting cross-border cooperation, CLAC will provide an economy and trade platform to build friendly contacts between China and Latin American enterprises—and a communication platform to expand the Maritime Silk Road to Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Samaroo Jets, which was founded by the late Dr Jit Samaroo, thanked the Chinese Embassy as well as the newly formed Tourism Trinidad Limited for making it possible for them to attend the Expo. Amrit Samaroo, current arranger for the Samaroo Jets, stated on the band’s return that “it was an honour for the Samaroo Jets, on our 50th anniversary, to represent Trinidad and Tobago and to bring pan to another new audience.”
Tourism Trinidad Limited Board member Neil Mohammed said that planning for the tour was a challenge. “Given a narrow window of opportunity and the fact that the company is now being set up, the directors were happy to make arrangements so that the band could take advantage of the generosity and hospitality of the Chinese Embassy,” Mohammed noted.
Tourism Trinidad Limited will focus on marketing destination Trinidad towards improving airlift, while strengthening stakeholder relationships and raising industry standards.