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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:






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Caribbean Needs New Model of Leadership to Seize Technology Opportunities

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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.

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Ministry of Community Development cleans and beautifies Point Fortin

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On Wednesday February 23, 2011 at 10.00 am the Ministry of Community Development’s St. Patrick West district office hosted its inaugural Clean and Beautification Project at Festival Square, Mahaica, Point Fortin under the theme, “Plant a tree, Beautify your Community.”

Approximately 150 trees (fruits and flowers) were distributed to community groups in Mahaica in an effort to show them the importance of beautifying their offices and homes. The project took place with the incorporation of groups currently participating in the Prime Minister’s Beautification Competition (formerly the Environmental Sanitation Competition).

Present at the event were Mayor of Point Fortin, His Worship Alderman Clyde Paul, the Deputy CEO of the Point Fortin Borough Corporation, Donna Mae Taylor, Susan Corbett, Director, Community Development Division, Gwendolyn Salick, Coordinator of the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition and Cynthia Lennon who represented the Member of Parliament for Point Fortin. Also present were Community Development and Best Village Officers of the St Patrick’s district and other specially invited guests and residents of Point Fortin and environs.
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Community Development Ministry to host Clean and Beautification Campaign in Point Fortin

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The Ministry of Community Development’s St. Patrick West district office will host its inaugural Clean and Beautification Project at Festival Square, Mahaica, Point Fortin on Wednesday February 23, 2011 at 10.00 am. The event will be held under the theme, “Plant a Tree, Beautify your Community.”

Approximately 150 trees (fruits and flowers) will be distributed to community groups in Mahaica in an effort to show them the importance of beautifying their offices and homes. Officers from St. Patrick West will also visit other rural communities in the district to encourage residents to clean and beautify their surroundings.

The campaign is being undertaken through the incorporation of groups currently participating in the Prime Minister’s Beautification Competition (formerly the Environmental Sanitation Competition).

Other government agencies including the Forestry Division are also expected to attend tomorrow’s event and distribute plants.

In photo: Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh plants a tree during the recent launch of the Prime Minister’s Beautification Competition in Sangre Grande

CREDITS: Information sourced from the Ministry’s St. Patrick West district office
Photo courtesy the Ministry’s Communications Unit
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Six new community centres coming soon to East Trinidad

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The upgraded Bon Air West Community Centre.