TRADING IS OPEN: This screen grab is taken from a video posted to Facebook and shows Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley ringing the bell to signal the start of the day’s trading at the New York Stock Exchange (NASDAQ), the first Head of State from the Caribbean to do so.
New York, NY: Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley, rang the iconic NASDAQ bell on Friday, October 4 surrounded by T&T Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Pennelope Beckles, T&T Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Senator Dennis Moses, and members of the Caribbean business community living abroad.
The bell-ringing ceremony took place at Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square to start the day’s trading at the New York Stock Exchange, a momentous occasion for the small Caribbean country. Rowley is the first Head of State from a Caribbean country to have this honor.
Of course, Rowley proudly used the opportunity to invite everyone to Trinidad and Tobago and emphasized that his country’s largest trading partner is the United States.
“Nasdaq is followed in Trinidad and Tobago on a daily basis by investors who have an interest in this market,” Rowley said in his address before ringing the bell. “So today is a very special day for us and we are particularly proud to have flown on the Nasdaq board the red, white and black of Trinidad and Tobago.” Ambassador Beckles concluded the ceremony’s speeches with a brief vote of thanks to Nasdaq and a reminder of the preeminent reason for Rowley’s visit, the 74th United Nations General Assembly.
The event was broadcasted live to a global audience on the Nasdaq Webcam, MarketSite Tower in Times Square and on television networks such as Bloomberg TV, CNBC, and Fox Business News.