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Government upgrades roads and bridges in 2010

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Under government’s Public Sector Investment Programme, the total investment in the upgrading and improvement of the roads and bridges network amounted to $628.9 million. The IDB-assisted National Highways Programme (NHP) came to a close in December 2009. In fiscal year 2010, expenditure on the Programme amounted to $61.9 million. Major achievements included:

• Completion of approximately 260 kilometres of roads and 52 bridges

• Reinstatement and stabilization of failed slopes at all 23 landslip sites targeted

• Completion of extension of the Diego Martin Highway by approximately 1.2 kilometres from Sierra Leone Road to Wendy Fitzwilliam Boulevard

• Commencement of improvement works on the Churchill Roosevelt Highway from O’Meara Road to Wallerfield (approximately 8.8 kilometres)

• Completion of the feasibility Study/Design for 4 major trunk roads totalling 135 kilometres

• Advancement of Institutional Strengthening/Technical Assistance activities with approval of Trinidad Routine Road Maintenance (RRM) Action Plan and Financial Resources, THA’s approval for Tobago’s Action Plan and Financial Resources

• Approval of strategic direction for Highway Administration reforms

• Installation and configuration of the Resource Maintenance Management System (RMMS) software in Trinidad and Tobago

• Completion of the RMMS Pilot in the Caroni district and partial completion of the Pilot in the St. George East and St. George West districts

• Completion of the weigh control plan for highways and procurement of temporary scales

• Advancement of a proposal for the establishment of a Road Authority to assume management of the roads in the country and a Road Fund Board and the appointment of a Management Team to oversee transition to the new organization
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Land, air and sea transport to be upgraded in 2011

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Transport and communication infrastructure is fundamental to economic and social development. In light of this, an overall allocation of $182.1 million has been made in the 2011 Public Sector Investment Programme for development of the enabling infrastructure. Projects and programmes are planned for implementation in the areas of land, air and sea transport, as well as systems geared to facilitate improved delivery of government administrative services. Improvements at the nation’s airports will be continued with an allocation of $30 million to the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. Activities will focus on the following:

• Procurement and installation of incinerators at Crown Point and Piarco to burn biodegradable and non-recyclable waste

• Commencement of construction of perimeter roadway and fence line at Crown Point and Piarco with an allocation of $10 million

• Completion of the North Terminal Food and Beverage Court to meet Public Health and Safety Regulations

• Implementation of a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)

• Installation of Security Systems (CCTV and Access Control Systems)

• Provision of parking for bonafide airport taxis and facilities for local food vendors at the Airport Landside Transit mall
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Ministry of Community Development hosts Parang Show on Brian Lara Promenade

General NewsThe Best Village Unit of the Ministry of Community Development, under the auspices of the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development, today hosted its first ever “Parang On D’Promenade” between Chacon and Abercromby Streets in Port of Spain. The Show began promptly at 3:00 pm as began as all were invited to join the Ministry in its effort to entertain the public while promoting its programmes and services.

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Minister Baksh to commission new bridge in South Trinidad

General NewsThe Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development, through the National Commission for Self Help (NCSH) will formally open a new bridge at Garth Road, Williamsville (near the Iere Village Branch Road junction), on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 4:00 pm.
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Trinidad craft makers - first in Caribbean to receive international certification

General NewsEight craft trainees of the Export Centres Company Limited will be awarded certificates from the UK-based certification body, City & Guilds at a ceremony to be held at the Hyatt Regency on Monday November 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm. The Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development will attend and deliver the keynote address.

This group of graduates is the first to be formally certified in the area of Craft Training in the Caribbean, following five months of training in the Apprenticeship Phase through the ECCL. Graduates can then move on to the level of Journeyman and then, Master Craft. Twelve persons will also be awarded certificates as Assessors and one as an Internal Verifier.

The Export Centres programme is mandated to empower members of village communities and in particular, female heads of households, through the production of craft for the export market.

The Community Development Division selects the trainees and provides the funding for the management and training activities. The revenues from the export of products are deposited in the Consolidated Fund. Centres are located throughout the country.

The ECCL’s main objective is to provide export-specific training for persons who previously received basic training in craft development at the Community Development Division’s training or those who benefitted from other relevant training exposure.

Its main targets are members of village communities, particularly female heads of households. The ECCL falls under the purview of the Ministry of Community Development.