Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

The country comprises two main islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and several smaller islands. It lies close to South America, with Venezuela to the south-west and Guyana to the south-east. Trinidad has three mountain ranges, high waterfalls and sandy beaches. Tobago has a mountain range, beaches and coral reefs.

Secretariat support for Trinidad and Tobago 


Trinidad and Tobago received Commonwealth Election Professionals (CEP) Initiative training in May 2018. Its election officials improved their knowledge of international standards to conduct free, fair and trusted elections. 

Elections work

Countering violent extremism 

The Secretariat advised Trinidad and Tobago on setting up a national plan to counter violent extremism. 

Since 2017, the Secretariat has helped Trinidad and Tobago deliver a Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) workshop for imams. It also delivered a CVE roadshow aimed at young people. 

In January 2019, the Secretariat helped Trinidad and Tobago’s prison service to improve programmes.

Countering violent extremism work

Human rights 

In June 2019, the Secretariat gave Trinidad and Tobago guidance on reporting to treaty bodies, including United Nations organisations. 

Human rights work


Trinidad and Tobago implemented a Secretariat programme to improve respect for diversity and religious tolerance among young people. The country committed to deliver a toolkit in global citizenship by December 2018. 

Youth work

Debt management 

The Secretariat helped the Trinidad and Tobago government switch to Meridian, the new version of the Commonwealth’s debt management system.  

Debt management work

Blue Charter

Trinidad and Tobago is a member of the following Action Groups: Coral Reef Protection and Restoration, Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance, Mangrove Ecosystems and Livelihoods, Ocean and Climate Change, Ocean Observation, Sustainable Aquaculture, and Sustainable Blue Economy.

Blue Charter

Connectivity Agenda

Trinidad and Tobago is a member of the Physical, Digital and Regulatory Connectivity clusters of the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda. The Connectivity Agenda is a platform for countries to exchange best practices and experiences to trade and investment and undertake domestic reform.

Connectivity Agenda

Trinidad and Tobago in the Commonwealth 

Trinidadian Earl Lovelace won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1997. Also born in Trinidad, Sharon Millar won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2013. 

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2009 was held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. 

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Total population

Key Facts

1.4 million (2022)
Trinidad, 4,800 square kilometres, Tobago, 300 square kilometres
Capital city
Port of Spain
Joined the Commonwealth
1962, following independence from Britain