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New Milestone Reached In Trinidad & Tobago For Trade, Investment and Business Facilitation

Enabled by TTBizLink, a Single Electronic Window System build by CrimsonLogic

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago, May 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CrimsonLogic, a leading provider of eGovernment solutions and services headquartered in Singapore, announced that five new E-Services on TTBizLink will be launched by the Honourable Senator Vasant Bharath, Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications.

Developed by CrimsonLogic, TTBizLink is a Single Electronic Window for Trade, Investment and Business facilitation built for the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT).  The E-Services going live are: E-Goods Declaration, E-Maritime Services, E-Vendor Registration, E-National Insurance Board Registration, E-Board of Inland Revenue and E-Value Added Tax Registration.

TTBizLink is the second Single Electronic Window (SEW) built by CrimsonLogic that integrates a host of business facilitation E-Services to improve the ease of doing business in the country.  Other SEW systems by the company were mainly focused on international trade and automation of import and export documentation.

The TTBizLink system was able to successfully reduce transaction times significantly (ranging from 2.5 to 28 times improvement in time saving — please refer to table), enabling Trinidad and Tobago to positively enhance its overall international competitiveness for trade, foreign investments and the ease of doing business.

E-Service                     Lead Agency                        Improvement

 Registration                 - Ministry of Legal Affairs        7 days to 3 days*
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 and                           Investment and Communications
 Licences                      -Ministry of Trade, Industry,     4 weeks to 1 day*

                              - Ministry of Food Production

                              - Ministry of Health

 of Origin                    - ExporTT                          1 day to 30 minutes*

                               -Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of
                               Commerce and Industry
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 Permits                      - Ministry of National Security    6 weeks to 2.5 weeks*

 Duty                          Investment and Communications
 Concessions                   -Ministry of Trade, Industry,     6 weeks to 12 days*
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E-Fiscal                       -Ministry of Trade, Industry,
 Incentives                    Investment and Communications     6 weeks to 11 days*
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*Source: Ministry of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications,
 Trinidad & Tobago

Since phase one of the system went live in February 2012, the international ranking of Trinidad and Tobago — based on the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index, has improved from 81 in year 2010 to 66 in 2014 globally.

With this phase two launch, TTBizLink now integrates eight Ministries and 18 government agencies (please refer to table) and involves paperless documentation and automated approvals for a multitude of areas such as Import and Export licenses, Fiscal Incentives, Work Permits, Company Registration, Certificates of Origin, Tax ID registration etc.

The Honourable Senator Vasant Bharath, Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications said: “Through TTBizLink, the Government of Trinidad & Tobago has been able to demonstrate the enabling role of ICT in significantly improving the country’s ease of doing business.”

In 2013, TTBizLink won first place in the prestigious United Nations Public Service Awards for the category of ‘Promoting Whole-Of-Government Approaches in the Information Age’.

“As a Singapore company, TTBizLink is our most comprehensive Single Electronic Window system in the whole of Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Saw Ken Wye, CEO of CrimsonLogic.  “We are extremely honoured to have shared our expertise and experience to support this project.  We are also proud to be a key partner to Trinidad and Tobago’s eGovernment journey to transform the country’s economy and trade.

“We continue see the Caribbean region as an important part of our growth strategy.  Various emerging markets have shown strong demands for trade facilitation and eGovernment solutions.  We hope to leverage on the opportunities to support these governments and their citizens’ needs to progress their countries to the next level of growth and prosperity.”

About CrimsonLogic Pte Ltd

CrimsonLogic is an organisation that customers globally can trust to deliver world-class eGovernment solutions that creates value for citizens and businesses.  For more than 25 years, CrimsonLogic has collaborated with governments and organisations to drive innovative and sustainable solutions in Trade Facilitation, eJudiciary and eCitizen Services that positively impact lives and communities.  For more information, please visit

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Hyatt Regency Trinidad creates customized experiences
for any size group in a first-class Caribbean setting

CaribPR Wire, PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (October 23, 2013) – As one of the most contemporary business hotels in the English-speaking Caribbean islands, Hyatt Regency Trinidad provides meetings and events that are close to home, but far from ordinary.  Whether hosting a business meeting or social gathering, this premier hotel uniquely combines the best of both worlds:  first-class service from an expert team; state-of-the-art facilities of a world-class hotel; ease of doing business locally; warm, authentic Trini hospitality; and Port of Spain’s vibrant waterfront as a picture-perfect backdrop.  It should come as no surprise then that meeting planners, business groups and brides-to-be from all over the Caribbean and beyond turn to Hyatt Regency Trinidad for their most important occasions and special events.

Hyatt Regency Trinidad has hosted a number of regional conferences of all sizes thus far in 2013, including the Caribbean Trade and Investment Conference, Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Conference, Caribbean Union Conference, and most recently, Caribbean Premier League Cricket Foundation meeting, as well as more intimate, local events, including the Guardian Life of the Caribbean Conference and Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards meeting.  “Whether it’s an executive board meeting for 10, a small graduation party, 75- to 500-guest wedding, or the Trade and Investment Conference, which is held annually at the hotel with over 3,000 attendees, our team is able to create unique experiences that are both memorable and effective,” said General Manager Russell George.

Offering 43,000 total square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, the hotel is able to accommodate events of all sizes and varieties, from large corporate conferences to intimate sunset weddings overlooking the Gulf of Paria.  Venue options include the 16,000-square-foot Regency Ballroom, accommodating more than 1,600 guests for a reception or 1,300 guests for a banquet; a 10,000-square-foot multi-purpose facility; seven banquet rooms offering 3,000 square feet of interior space; four meeting rooms ranging from 1,000 to 1,500 square feet; and two executive boardrooms for 40 to 70 guests.  All meeting spaces are fully soundproof and feature access to reliable high speed and wireless Internet, individual climate controls and advanced audio/visual capabilities.  A full-service business center and translation facilities are additionally available.

Thanks to the hotel’s fully customizable meetings and events packages, the dedicated team can take the work out of the extensive and time-consuming planning process, easily translating the needs of your group into a memorable experience.  For the ultimate in stress-free meetings, the team at the hotel’s Spa Esencia offers tailored spa packages based on the group’s needs at a special discounted rate.  From massages featuring the hotel’s exclusive product line and organic products to the latest in skincare technology such as HydraFacial, the Spa Esencia staff strives to ensure that each guest’s wishes are met.  In addition to handling on-property logistics, the on-site concierge can also individually tailor group itineraries with an array of off-property land and sea excursions, pleasing the active adventurer and beach bum alike.  From island hopping and diving to lounging the day away at the hotel’s rooftop infinity pool, attendees and guests will never find themselves without something fun to do in the twin islands.

Of course, crucial to the success of any event is cuisine, and Executive Chef Fernando Franco is both masterful and versatile in creating custom-designed, flavorful menus to suit even the most discerning palates. Combining elegant international cuisine with traditional local favorites served plated or buffet-style, Chef Fernando and his team present culinary selections that are as beautiful as they are delicious.

To learn more about Hyatt Regency Trinidad’s meeting and event offers or customized packages, visit or call 1-868-623-2222.

About Hyatt Regency Trinidad
Designed as the premier meeting, convention, business, event and leisure travel property, the 428-room Hyatt is situated in the Port of Spain International Waterfront Development. The Hyatt’s versatile event space showcases a 16,000 square-foot Grand Ballroom and a 10,000 square-foot Ballroom with translation facilities. Other guest facilities include one full-service restaurant, a lobby bar and lounge, a fitness center and the 9,000 square-foot Spa Esencia. To book on-line, visit or call 1-800-233-1234. Guests who would like to make a reservation from Trinidad & Tobago can also dial 868-623-2222. High-resolution images may be downloaded from

About Hyatt Regency

Hyatt Regency offers a full range of services and facilities tailored to serve the needs of meeting planners, business travelers and leisure guests. Properties range in size from 180 to over 2,000 rooms and are conveniently located in urban, suburban, airport, convention and resort destinations around the world. Hyatt Regency convention hotels feature spacious meeting and conference facilities designed to provide a productive environment allowing guests to convene and connect. Hyatt Regency hotels in resort locations cater to couples seeking a getaway, families enjoying a vacation together and corporate groups seeking a functional and relaxed atmosphere in which to conduct business and meetings.

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Countdown Begins To Caribbean’s Next Top Model™


CaribPR Wire, New York, NY, Thurs Jan. 17, 2013: The wait for the most anticipated television show in the Caribbean is over.

Caribbean’s Next Top Model™,’ (CNTM), the Caribbean’s own version of CBS’s internationally renowned  ‘Next Top Model™’ format, is set to begin airing across over 25 Caribbean countries on February 18, 2013 and will be hosted by Miss Universe 1998, Wendy Fitzwilliam.

CNTM will feature 23 Caribbean beauties – Xiea from Antigua & Barbuda; Sedia from Barbados; Jenelle and Kendra from The Bahamas; Treveen from The Cayman Islands; Stephany from Curacao; Treicy from The Dominican Republic; Ashley from Guadeloupe; Lisa and Trudy-Lee from Jamaica; and Semoy, Ornella, Anna-Rosa, Davia, Julianna, Athaliah, Candace, Susan, Sheriza; Rachel, Kim-Marie, Maranda and Tinnitia from Trinidad & Tobago.

They will all be competing for the title of the ‘Caribbean’s Next Top Model’ and will be judged by Fitzwilliam as well as international photographer, Pedro Virgil and runway coach and creative director of Trinidad & Tobago’s Fashion Week, Richard Young, along with international and regional experts in fashion, who created a model “Boot Camp” giving the girls real lessons on what it takes to be an international model.

CNTM, which was shot in Trinidad & Tobago, will run for 11 episodes and air on various free-to-air stations, WSEE TV in Puerto Rico, One Caribbean Television and CaribVision, in Caribbean territories during prime time on Mondays, with repeat airings on Saturdays. Check your local TV listings for exact broadcast times.

International stylist and fashion pundit, Freddie Leiba is also set to appear on the show as a featured guest, along with music producer, Bryce Wilson; international photographer, Matthew Jordan-Smith, fashion designer, Claudia Pegus, reigning Soca Monarch, Machel Montano and Factor Model Management’s, Bridget Halanski.

CNTM is presented by bMobile, LIME, KCL Capital Market Brokers Limited, Caribbean Airlines, The Carlton-Savannah, Farouk Systems – CHI, Trinre, Sacha Cosmetics, Factor Women, Caribbean Belle, Blue Waters, Kalloo’s and Micles.

For a sneak preview to CNTM, log on to: Share your thoughts on the show at or follow CaribeNTM on Twitter.

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with The Tyra Banks Company.  The executive producers are Ken Mok (“Making the Band”), Tyra Banks and Laura Fuest Silva. The series was created by Tyra Banks and developed by Mok and Kenya Barris. Tyra Banks also hosts the series, which will soon begin airing its 20th cycle in the United States. Currently, AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL is under license in over 100 markets around the world and has 20 international versions in production.  AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL and the AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL format are licensed internationally by CBS Studios International.


For Corporate Sponsorships & Advertising contact: Roshan Persad @ Ads Media Intelligence – (868) 383-1282.

For Public Relations & Management including for for Model Inquiries & Wendy Fitzwilliam contact: Lowena West @ (242) 454-8528.

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