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Carapichaima to host carnival prizegiving



File photo of a regional carnival celebration by GISL.

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New Steering Committee installed at CDF

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The Community Development Fund has a new Steering Committee. Three of the four members were handed their instruments by Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh during a brief installation ceremony at the Ministry’s Jerningham Avenue, Belmont office yesterday afternoon (Wednesday March 2, 2011). Also in attendance was the newly appointed Deputy Programme Director of the CDF Sabrina Malwah-Baksh and the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Margaret Farray.

The full CDF Committee, chaired by Minister Baksh, is as follows:

Rosslyn Williams George
Victor Zephyrine, educator and
Aazam Piprawala, accounting technician and marketer
Ian Wilson, Tobago representative (absent)

The Community Development Fund, part of Ministry of Community Development, was first established in 1996 under a Loan Agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago established the Fund as a bridging mechanism for tackling poverty and assisting with the delivery of services to the poor and vulnerable population.

In fulfillment of its mandate the CDF operates the following key programmes and support services:

Ø THE BASKET OF FUNDING PRODUCTS
Ø THE COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT AND REGENERATION PROGRAMME (CERP)
Ø THE ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (ODP)
Ø THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONAL MENTORING PROGRAMME (NOMP)
Ø THE CDF’S MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM

In photo from left, CDF Committee members Rosslyn Williams George, Aazam Piprawala, Victor Zephyrine and Community Development Minister the Honourable Nizam Baksh


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CREDITS: Information sourced from the Community Development Division
Photo courtesy the Ministry’s Communications Unit


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Best Village to re-enact Camboulay Riots on Friday

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The Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition’s re-enactment of the 1881 Camboulay Riots will for the first time include a ‘live’ stick-fighting display as part of the production, to be staged on the Piccadilly Greens in Port of Spain on Friday March 4, 2011 from 5.00 am. This year’s re-enactment will be more action-oriented, with the burning of an effigy of Captain Baker and a clear picture of the strategy of the Camboulay revellers, as they prepare to attack.

There will also be traditional mas characters including: Pierrot Grenades and Midnight Robbers displaying placards indicating the year that each one was incorporated into Carnival celebrations.

A banner is already in place at the Piccadilly Greens, indicating Captain Baker’s request to the President for permission to break up the Camboulay. The request was subsequently refused and the revellers were allowed to play their mas.

The Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition Unit forms part of the Ministry of Community Development.
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New CDF Committee to be installed

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In photo: Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Nizam Baksh greets Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, while Opposition Senator Penelope Beckles looks on during an International Women's Day Breakfast hosted by Interclub at the Hyatt Regency on Tuesday March 1, 2011 (yesterday).



The Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development, will today (Wednesday, March 2, 2011) install the new Steering Committee of the Community Development Fund at the Ministry’s head office in Port of Spain. During a brief installation ceremony at the Ministry’s Jerningham Avenue, Belmont office at 3:00 pm today, Minister Baksh, in his capacity as Chairman of the Committee, will hand over letters to Rosslyn Williams George; Ian Wilson, Tobago representative; Victor Zephyrine, educator; and Aazam Piprawala, accounting technician and marketer.

The Community Development Fund, which forms part of Ministry of Community Development, was first established in 1996 under a Loan Agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago established the Fund as a bridging mechanism for tackling poverty and assisting with the delivery of services to the poor and vulnerable population.

In fulfillment of its mandate the CDF operates the following key programmes and support services:

Ø THE BASKET OF FUNDING PRODUCTS

Ø THE COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT AND REGENERATION PROGRAMME (CERP)

Ø THE ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (ODP)

Ø THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONAL MENTORING PROGRAMME (NOMP)

Ø THE CDF’S MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM



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Caribbean Needs New Model of Leadership to Seize Technology Opportunities

Photo by Erasmus Williams

St. Kitts/Nevis Hosts Successful National Economic Growth Forum

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis held its inaugural National Economic Growth Forum, aimed at identifying possible new areas of economic growth and sustainable development. The one-day event brought together stakeholders from every sector of society with the overarching goal of collectively finding strategies for sustainable and equitable growth and development of the Federation.

The Forum was opened by Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas under the theme, “Transformation is not an event; it is a process.”

Mrs Hilary Hazel, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, said, “The specific purpose of the Forum is to strengthen public/private sector dialogue, policy development and programme/project implementation to stimulate growth over the short to medium term.”

The Ministry of Sustainable Development and the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport were charged with the responsibility to plan, coordinate and implement the Forum, which was held on Wednesday 23 February 2011 at the Marriot Resort in Frigate Bay, St Kitts. Minister of State, Richard Skerrett, was the moderator of the Forum, which involved a number of presentations by experts from various sectors followed by periods of open discussion.

Sessions drew on input from both the public and private sectors and provided a useful opportunity for private enterprises and individuals to share their perspective on the current and future requirements for stimulating and sustaining growth in the Federation.

Areas considered in the day-long multi-stakeholder dialogue included the cruise tourism sub-sector, stay-over tourism sub-sector, education tourism, resort and villa, financial services and ship registry, agriculture, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) development, manufacturing, small business development, foreign direct investment/foreign aid and loans and the Citizenship by Investment Programme.

The first half of the event saw presentations on the Economic Growth in the Federation by Ambassador Wendell Lawrence; Competing in a Changing Global Environment by Charles Wilkin; Prospects for Expanding the Small Enterprise Sector by Dr. Timothy Harris and Sustainable Development Models by Valmiki Kempadoo.

These presentations generated positive discussion on emerging opportunities for stimulating growth in new and existing areas and prospects for expanding goods and service exports. A proposal was also made to create a professional wildlife management services company to deal with the growing problem monkeys pose on the island.

The most active discussions came following the post-lunch presentations. Le Grand

Elebash used the Christophe Harbour development as a model for facilitating private sector investment; international technology expert Bevil Wooding made a compelling case for the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) as an essential element for future growth and Michael Julien presented the facts and figures in identifying prospects for expanding goods and services export.

These presentations generated considerable discussion as participants posed questions to the presenters and contributed ideas and perspectives to the Forum. The moderator extended the scheduled close by over an hour to facilitate the dialogue and to consolidate the major discussion points by clarifying Government’s commitment and identifying next steps and tangible actions to be taken.

Prime Minister Douglas, who stayed for the entire day’s proceedings, expressed his satisfaction in the day’s proceedings. He responded to call for greater and more formal public-private sector dialogue by saying his Government would continue to facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue and other practical mechanisms to ensure that the Federation is set on a sure course to sustainable development.