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Minister Baksh to attend CAPAM Regional Thematic Conference

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Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Nizam Baksh will attend the official opening of the 2011 Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) Regional Thematic Conference to be hosted by the Ministry of Public Administration at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain on Monday February 14, 2011 from 9.00 am. The conference takes place from February 14 to 16, 2011and is entitled “Public Service Excellence: Embracing Innovation and Change.”

The conference is expected to attract approximately 150 delegates from 54 countries that comprise the Commonwealth.

With the hosting of the conference, organizers hope to highlight the need for greater emphasis on innovation and change in the Public Service and allows the host country the opportunity to display to an international audience, the natural talent and creativity of the people of Trinidad and Tobago.
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Community Development Ministry holds talks with Lok Jack GSB

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In photo one, from left to right are Community Development Director, Susan Corbett, Permanent Secretary Margaret Farray and the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development. In photo two, from left to right: The Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development, Advisor to the Minister Christendath Harry, Training Officer Omadaye Beesan and Executive Director of the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business Miguel Carrillo.

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Minister Baksh opens $3.1 million upgraded Ste Madeleine Regional Complex

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The following is the verbatim feature address delivered by the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development, at the formal Rededication Ceremony for the Ste Madeleine Regional Complex at 5:30 pm on Thursday February 3, 2011.

"Let me first apologize for being late. Thank you all for your patience. being here. This evening I want to begin by congratulating the people of Ste Madeleine on your new refurbished Regional Complex. As we mark this occasion, we are mindful of the people of Ste. Madeleine
The people of Ste. Madeleine, starting with this captive audience, show us that no matter who we are or where we come from, we are each part of something greater - something more consequential than party or politics. We are members of the greater family of Trinidad and Tobago.

In a country where every creed and race finds an equal place, Ste. Madeleine reminds us of our bond as a people. Though stark might seem our differences at times, stronger is our unity. Ste. Madeleine has nurtured leaders such as Minister of Housing and the Environment and Member of Parliament for Oropouche East Dr. Roodal Moonilal, and many more outstanding citizens.
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Minister Baksh opens $3.1 million upgraded Ste Madeleine Regional Complex

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The following is the verbatim feature address delivered by the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development, at the formal Rededication Ceremony for the Ste Madeleine Regional Complex at 5:30 pm on Thursday February 4, 2011.

"Let me first apologize for being late. Thank you all for your patience. being here. This evening I want to begin by congratulating the people of Ste Madeleine on your new refurbished Regional Complex. As we mark this occasion, we are mindful of the people of Ste. Madeleine
The people of Ste. Madeleine, starting with this captive audience, show us that no matter who we are or where we come from, we are each part of something greater - something more consequential than party or politics. We are members of the greater family of Trinidad and Tobago.

In a country where every creed and race finds an equal place, Ste. Madeleine reminds us of our bond as a people. Though stark might seem our differences at times, stronger is our unity. Ste. Madeleine has nurtured leaders such as Minister of Housing and the Environment and Member of Parliament for Oropouche East Dr. Roodal Moonilal, and many more outstanding citizens.
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Best Village to launch its Traditions of Carnival in Siparia

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The Best Village Unit of the Ministry of Community Development will launch its annual Traditions of Carnival competition on Saturday February 12, 2011 at Irwin Park in Siparia from 10:00 am. The public and the media are cordially invited to attend.

The Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development will deliver the feature address at the event, which is part of the Prime Ministerˇ¦s Best Village Trophy Competition.

The dayˇ¦s activities will include a mixture of dance, music (calypso medley 1931 to 1979, Tamboo Bamboo and Rhythm Section), recital of literature (including Pierrot Grenade, Midnight Robber and Speech Band), as well as Individuals, Couples and a special Ole Mas Presentation by employees of the Ministry.

The competition has been hosted by the Best Village Unit every year since 2003 and its objectives are:

„X To preserve the traditional aspects of the Carnival.

„X To encourage the retention of the Carnival Arts and the upliftment of the Arts in general.

„X To encourage research and continuity with our festival traditions.

„X To provide opportunities for the coming together of people in various communities to participate in an activity that encourages national pride, community spirit and upliftment through healthy competition and social interaction.

The Traditions of Carnival competition will take place in two stages, with preliminaries to be held two 92 weeks before the Finals. The first, second and third placed groups will advance to the National Finals, alongside the winners from Tobago. The National Finals will take place on the Friday before Carnival week at a venue to be announced.