Minister's Profile

Living most of her life in Bethel Tobago, the Minister of Tourism for Trinidad and Tobago the Honourable Shamfa Ashaki Cudjoe has dedicated her life in service to the people of Trinidad and Tobago. Having worked as a Trade Analyst in the Tobago House of Assembly, Minister Cudjoe has had to represent the island at numerous consultations and negotiations on regional integration and international trade matters. Her professional experience also includes work as an international trade consultant with the Organisation of the American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington D.C., USA. A leading professional in the field of International Affairs and Foreign Trade Policy, Minister Cudjoe is a graduate of the Bethune-Cookman College in Florida where she graduated with a B.A. in International Affairs (Hons). She later obtained an MSc in International Trade Policy (Distinction) at the University of the West Indies.

Minister Cudjoe is also certified in Economic Development and Export Diversification as well as International Food and Agriculture Trade from the World Bank Institute. Minister Cudjoe received numerous academic accolades including United States Achievement Academy All-American Scholar, United Sates National Dean’s List award, Most Outstanding Student in International Studies for four consecutive years, and Bethune-Cookman President’s List for two consecutive years. In 2010 she was recognised by the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) for excellence in education. At the tender age of 17 Shamfa Cudjoe was selected by the United Nations Millennium Young People’s Congress to serve as a Youth Ambassador. She is currently the Assistant Director of the Youth Energised for Success Programme, (referred to as the YES Programme), a Tobago House of Assembly initiative established to promote the development of Tobago’s young professionals. Minister Shamfa Cudjoe first entered the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago as an Opposition Senator on June 18, 2010. Minister Cudjoe is the Member of Parliament for Tobago West and an ardent advocate for youth representation and participation.

Ms Ramkhelawan is a career public servant for over 35years. During this time she has worked in the Ministries of Finance and Planning, Planning and Development, Environment and Water Resources and more recently in the Ministry of Community Development , Culture and the Arts. She brings to bear upon the Ministry of Tourism her years of experience in macro-economic and socio-economic planning as well as her expertise in environmental management and planning. The Permanent Secretary believes that the Tourism sector has a critical role to play in the overall diversification process of the economy and looks forward to working with the staff of the Ministry and the stakeholders in the industry as well as with the wider public to develop Trinidad and Tobago as a preferred destination for all travellers.

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