Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has urged Latin American and Caribbean leaders to continue to work together to build on the significant progress made in reducing poverty in the region. Speaking at the third Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Summit in San José, Costa Rica, on Wednesday, the prime minister noted that Trinidad and Tobago remains committed to the CELAC plan of action as the framework for cooperation.
Persad Bissessar told representatives of the 33 CELAC member countries of Trinidad and Tobago’s achievements in addressing poverty, and in fighting corruption. She noted the critical role that education can play in lifting people out of poverty, and highlighted that this country has achieved universal free pre-school education ahead of the set target of 2015. In addition, she said, Trinidad and Tobago has already achieved universal free primary school education.