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Community Development Ministry launches new website

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The Ministry of Community now has an official website at The site was formally launched during a short ceremony at the Ministry’s Community Education Centre at #1 La Fantasie Road, St. Ann’s this morning.

In his brief address at the launch, Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh said feedback from website users is critical, as the Ministry is people-oriented and group-oriented. He also noted that with the advent of the website, more computer literacy courses would have to be introduced into the curriculum of the Ministry’s Community Education Programme. He also urged staff to market the website.

Minister Baksh also commended the Ministry’s staff and Mr. Andrew Proudfoot, Managing Director, Proudfoot Communications and expressed confidence that the website will be a success.
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Community Development Ministry has new website

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The following are the remarks (verbatim) delivered by Mrs. Margaret Farray, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development at the official launch of the Ministry's website at #1 La Fantasie Road, St. Ann's this morning (Friday May 27, 2011).

Today is indeed a landmark day for the Ministry of Community Development. Since its reconfiguration last year as a stand-alone Ministry, it has been working quietly and assiduously to deliver services to citizens far and wide. In communities across Trinidad – from Blanchisseuse to Hindustan; Chaguaramas to Guayaguayare – the Ministry’s staff is dedicated to improving the social and economic conditions of all communities – whether faith-based, community-based or interest based.

This launch is therefore a culmination of hard work and the collaboration of many persons within our Ministry - collaboration between executive and line staff; staff of the delivery arm and the administrative arm; staff at head office and staff in the communities.

With our solid commitment to delivering innovative programmes and services to the public, will promote the Ministry of Community Development’s activities for the benefit of citizens.
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Community Development Ministry to launch Website

General NewsThe Ministry of Community Development will tomorrow (Friday, May 27, 2011) launch its new website at the Community Education Centre at #1 La Fantasie Road, St. Ann's, Port of Spain at 10:00 am.
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Newly refurbished Community Centre opened in Bon Air West

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The following is the address (verbatim) delivered by the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development at the formal recommissioning of the newly refurbished Bon Air West Community Centre on Wednesday May 25, 2011.

All protocols observed.

This community centre marks the 8th Community Centre opening since I assumed office, and I’m glad that I can celebrate this milestone in Bon Air West. The seven previous were: Guayaguayare, Preysal, La Seiva, Waterloo, Gulf View, La Gloria and Hindustan. We also provided a grant to Surrey community to assist with their community centre.

New Concept of Community Development

For some people the concept of Community, and Community Development may seem like an outdated one. Some believe that Community Development should be confined to a time when mothers were at home to take care of children, men were the only ones who went out to work and everyone knew all their neighbours. But times have changed a lot within the past 30 years. I know about this first hand. Every morning I go to work in Port of Spain from Barrackpore.
And like many of you, I leave home before the sun rises and return long after sunset. So I agree with some people who don’t believe that we have communities as we did before.
But this does not mean that we no longer have the need for community cohesion and development. What this means is that the approaches and strategies for achieving community development must change. And we have recognised the need for change at the Ministry of Community Development and have adopted new strategies to achieve Community Development in urban areas like Bon Air West and environs.
For the first time in June 2010, the Community Development Division was separated from Culture and Gender Affairs and stood as a Ministry on its own. We became a new Ministry with a new vision and mission and adopted new ways of operating.

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Grenada sets course for Internet-based development

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Grenadians to benefit from launch of the first Internet Exchange Point in the Eastern Caribbean
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$6.1M Community Centre opened in Hindustan

General News From left: Minister Clifton De Coteau, Minister Nizam Baksh, Self Help Chairman Surujdeo Mangaroo and Community Development Supervisor Deodath Rampersad cut the ribbon at the formal openeing ceremony of the Hindustan Community Centre last evening. The following is the verbatim address delivered by the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development at the formal opening ceremony of the Hindustan Community Centre this evening in New Grant.

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Residents of Hindustan to get new Community Centre

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