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Export Centres rolls out five-year strategic plan

The following is the address delivered by Mrs Margaret Farray, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development at the presentation of the Export Centres Company Limited’s Strategic Plan 2012-2016 at the Kent Gall Hall, Centre of Excellence in Macoya on Friday February 3, 2012.

It is my pleasure to join you at the rollout of your Strategic Plan this morning. It is always an exciting occasion when staff and executive can come together to chart the way forward. Our Ministry had a similar exercise last April and many important issues were raised. From hearing the ideas that the CEO and the Chairman have shared, I know that the company has some exciting times ahead. From the opening of souvenir shops to introducing new programmes to your involvement in our nation’s 50th Anniversary of Independence, I am certain that ECCL staff will be motivated and challenged by the moves ahead.

Importance of a Strategic Plan

As you go through the day today, I want you to keep in mind that a Strategic Plan isn’t a static document; it is one that keeps an organisation on course as it responds to the changing environment. On a more personal level, it would help individuals to see how their work directly impacts the success of this company.

The Relationship between ECCL and MCD

The success of the company is of special interest to me as this company falls under the purview of the Ministry of Community Development and it directly impacts the lives of persons in communities. Since its incorporation in July 1996, the company has been training and developing persons in the areas of craft and entrepreneurial skills. You will recognise that your work is directly aligned to the Ministry’s Vision of creating “A transformed community sector which is a proactive, self-reliant contributor to national development.”
Over the past 16 years, the company has helped to create proactive, self-reliant craft entrepreneurs across Trinidad and Tobago. And through the implementation of this Strategic Plan, I know your achievements would be even greater.
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Gender to sign with TOCO Foundation

Photo of a Toco beach by Stefan Vesti Brorsen

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Export Centres to roll out strat plan 2012-2016

The Export Centres Company Limited, which falls under the purview of the Ministry of Community Development, will formally roll out its Strategic Plan 2012-2016 on Friday February 3, 2012 at the Ken Galt Hall, Centre of Excellence in Macoya from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The ECCL has prepared this draft document in the context of the Government in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago’s (GORTT) new vision of sustainable growth that is supported by seven (7) pillars of development, and also in the context of a stagnating economy. In this context the desired future state of ECCL by 2016 is projected to be:

• A professionally managed & operated organization
• A company oriented to commercial operations
• Enhanced Economic and Life skill capacity of craft & fashion artisans
• Improved image and visibility at national, regional and international levels for the ECCL
• Highly motivated and optimally performing staff
• Promotion of craft and fashion programmes which are environmentally sensitive, and geared to sustainable development
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RAPP hosts motivational speaker at La Horquetta Community Centre

The Retirees Adolescent Partnership Programme, (RAPP) of the Ministry of Community Development, will host motivational speaker Mr. Darryn Edwards at the La Horquetta Regional Complex, Marjorie Padmore Avenue, Phase II on Wednesday February 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm. Mr. Edwards, who once dropped out of school, is an ordained pastor and businessman.

The session is a project of the La Horquetta and Valencia RAPP Centres and its objective is to motivate adolescents to make something of themselves, despite the negative environment that often exists around them. To achieve this, the RAPP searches for successful people from various communities across the country, who can contribute in some way to the experience of the youth.

The Retirees Adolescent Partnership Programme is a community-oriented programme implemented by the Ministry of Community Development, which seeks to utilize the skills and experience of retired professionals to provide assistance and supervision to youths between 11 - 16 years.

Its vision is to create a nurturing and disciplined environment, where children can learn and develop in positive ways.

Caption: Members of staff attend a RAPP facilitators meeting at the Ministry’s Adult Education, Information, Training and Resource Centre at #1 La Fantasie Road, St Ann’s last month.
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Lok Jack GSB to host Distinguished Alumni Series

The Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business will start its second annual Distinguished Alumni Series "Strategy for Competitiveness" on Thursday, February 2, 2012 from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, a statement from the School said today.

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Traditions of Carnival 2012 launched in Macoya

The following is the address delivered by Mrs Margaret Farray, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development at the launch of the Prime Minister's Best Village Trophy Competition's 'Traditions of Carnival 2012' at Constantine Park in Macoya on Saturday January 28, 2012.

All protocols observed.

Good morning and welcome Constantine Park to Macoya. The Ministry of Community Development is happy to join with you today for the 2012 edition of Traditions of Carnival. Every year we hear about the loss of authentic Trinbagonian culture in Carnival. Several cultural practitioners say that our Carnival which speaks to one aspect of our national identity, is being diluted by foreign influences and that our young people don’t know about the Carnival of yesterday.

However, over the past 8 years, under the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition, the Ministry of Community Development has carved and continues to create a niche to preserve traditional Carnival in our country.
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Best Village Traditions of Carnival preserve Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival Heritage

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The Best Village Unit of the Ministry of Community Development hosted the 2012 edition of the Traditions of Carnival earlier today, Saturday January 28th at the Constantine Park, Macoya. The event was witnessed and enjoyed by hundreds of persons who belong to community groups and Community Councils throughout Trinidad and Tobago. The event which was full of energy and talent, began at 10:00 am, as Director of the Community Development Division, Susan Corbett welcomed all present. Following this, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry, Margaret Farray, delivered brief remarks for the occasion.

In photo, at right is PS Margaret Farray with some of the specially invited guests at the Traditions of Carnival event in Macoya. Among the guests was Venezuelan Ambassador, Maria Eugenia Marcano Casado, second from left
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Crime increasing in Caribbean, decreasing or stabilizing elsewhere

Photo by Alan Cleaver

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CDF to host community outreach programmes in Guapo and Cedros

The Community Development Fund (CDF) of the Ministry of Community Development will host two Community Outreach Programmes at the Guapo Community Centre in Point Fortin on Monday January 30, 2012 and at the Cedros Community Centre in Cedros on Tuesday January 31, 2012. The sessions will run from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on both days.

Village Councils, Non-Governmental Organizations, Community-Based Organizations and Faith-Based Organizations from Guapo and Cedros will make presentations for funding of their community projects through the CDF.
Representatives of the CDF and the Community Development Division of the Ministry, along with Local Government representatives, business and estate owners from Guapo and Cedros and community councils, will attend both events.

There will also be a booth set up at the venues on both days, providing information on the programmes and services offered by the CDF and the Ministry of Community Development.

Caption: (front, right) CDF Programme Director, Herold Gopaul during a walkabout at an outreach hosted by the CDF in the Heights of Aripo on August 24, 2011.
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Best Village to launch Traditions of Carnival in Macoya

The Ministry of Community Development’s Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition will launch its “Traditions of Carnival” competition on Saturday January 28, 2012 at Constantine Park in Macoya from 10:00 am.

It promises to be a day of fun for the entire family with features including:

• Traditional mas characters (Peirrot Grenades, Dame Lorraines, Midnight Robbers, Fancy Sailors and Minstrels)

• Folk Dance (chutney and soca)

• Folk Music (traditions including old time kaiso, tamboo bamboo, rhythm sections and minstrels)