Friday, November 29, 2013
Trinidad and Tobago's Foreign Affairs Minister, Winston Dookeran says if the threat of a boycott of products by Jamaicans materializes this could lead to a serious economic fall out for the twin island state.
Dookeran said such a move would only punish workers in both countries.
The boycott has been building steam after the recent deportation of 13 Jamaicans from Trinidad and Tobago for failing to meet immigration requirements to enter the country. But some say Trinidad was wrong to order their deportation, based on the provisions of the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.
"The truth is that both countries will lose if there's any containment of trade because out of trade comes employment opportunities in Jamaica and they too will be put at risk. And of course, it will mean a trade issue between Trinidad and Tobago which also affects us. I don?t hope that will reach that point at all because both countries will suffer as a result and we are willing to cooperate fully," said Dookeran.