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Curfew rumours false

General NewsRumours that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago is planning to re-instate a curfew are false.
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Community Leaders meet with Ministry Officials in Siparia

General NewsGroups raise concerns and questions at interactive session

Two visitors sign up for one of the many poverty alleviation programmes offered through the Community Development Fund of the Ministry of Community Development, during the outreach in Siparia.
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Minister Baksh addresses Islamic Banking and Insurance meeting

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The following is the address (verbatim) delivered by the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development at a breakfast meeting hosted by Straightway Consulting, formerly Darul ILM Limited at the Coblentz Cottage Inn in Cascade on Tuesday November 22, 2011.

All protocols observed.

Assalam u Alaikum Wa Rahmatuulah wa Barakaatuhu
I consider it an honour to bring greetings on behalf of the Ministry of Community Development and by extension, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Let me begin by congratulating Straightway Consulting Limited for the work they have done over the past 4 years. Straightway has been a pioneer in developing the Islamic Financial System in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.

Relation to Modern Concepts
Although I am certain Mufti Wassem Khan will go into greater detail. I want each person to know that Islamic Finance isn’t limited to followers of Islam. It is closely related to concepts like Fair Trade because it promotes equity. Organisations that exercise Corporate Social Responsibility will see similarities in the positive impact it encourages and the bankers among us will see that it is closely related to the emerging field of Ethical Banking that promotes transparency, greater community involvement and narrower profits.

Partnerships for Reducing Poverty
At the Ministry of Community Development we work to achieve two of Government’s Seven Inter-Connected Pillars for Sustainable Development:
• People Centred Development; and
• Poverty Eradication and Social Justice; or as I prefer to say, “Wealth Generation.”
Gatherings, like these, help to form firm and practical steps to achieving these goals. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago is committed to inclusion and prosperity for all, and I want to reaffirm that promise. Partnerships with Government, businesses, regulators and insurance companies are a sure way for us to all work for prosperity. My Government will not rest until poverty is reduced through sustainable programmes like that of Straightway Consulting, and of similar financial institutions who promote ethical banking and insurance.
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Minister Baksh to speak at Islamic Banking and Insurance meeting

General News

Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Nizam Baksh will address a breakfast meeting hosted by Straightway Consulting Limited, formerly Darul ILM Limited on Tuesday November 22, 2011 from 8:00 am at the Cobblenz Cottage Inn Conference Centre, at 22 Cobblenz Avenue, Cascade.

The meeting will focus on Islamic Banking and Insurance and is for bankers, businessmen, regulators, officials of Insurance Companies, and others.

Straightway Consulting was formed in 2007 to deal with training, education and consulting for the development of the Islamic Financial Sector in the Caribbean. In 2008 the company held its first Islamic finance training program.

Straightway Consulting’s focus is on education and also product development and certification. The company’s current Managing Director is S Jamsheer Ali, with Christine Chanicka as Board Secretary, Ahmed Kasooji – Former Assistant General Manager of Tatil and other Insurance Companies and Farid Scoon – Attorney at law.

Caption: from left, the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development, His Worship, the Mayor of Chaguanas, Orlando Nagessar and Yacoob Ali, President of the Anjuman Sunnat-ul-Jamaat Association, ASJA during a function earlier this year.

CREDITS: Information sourced from release issued by Straightway Consulting Limited
Photo courtesy the Ministry of Community Development
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St. Patrick district to host Outreach Training Programmes

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The St Patrick district of the Ministry of Community Development, in its ongoing efforts to mobilize and nurture potential community leaders, will conduct two Outreach Training Programmes in the county on November 23 and 30, 2011. The first will be held at the Siparia Community Centre and the second at the Guapo Community Centre between the hours of 9:30 am and 12 noon on both days.

The theme for the initiative is: “The Way Forward 2012” and it aims to provide community groups with the stimuli for growth and sustainability. The session will complement the training programmes previously conducted in the St Patrick district and contribute to capacity-building throughout the county.

The project would consist of the following components:

• Review and evaluation of projects and achievements for 2010/2011
• Planning & Implementation of projects and programmes for 2011/2012
• Needs assessment and project identification