Stronger community ties will make community development more effective.
That's the opinion of Secretary of Community Development, Enterprise Development and Labour Marslyn Melville-Jack, who said this process starts with bringing community groups together.
“The first thing we will do is have a meeting with stakeholders,” the Secretary said. “And these stakeholder comes in three categories, the first category is that of the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Village and Community Councils. Now this I consider to be the parent body of the Division of Community Development, Enterprise Development and Labour.”
The Secretary believes a formal introduction of the different groups will also encourage collaboration, and give them a better understanding of each other.
“One of the major objectives is to ensure that in every community there is a functioning village council and one that consists of a true representation of the community,” she said. The Division will also look at fostering teamwork between groups, which will boost their sense of community.
Fisheries training centre coming to Buccoo
A new fisheries training centre is to be set up at Buccoo.
The announcement was made by Secretary of Food Production and Fisheries Hayden Spencer at the March 8 post Executive Council media briefing.
“We will make an extra effort to have that fisheries training centre up and running, to carry out the necessary training programmes for our fisherfolk,” Spencer said. “Also, we will have at Kendal, the Kendal Farm School where we do that YAPA [Youth Apprenticeship Programme in Agriculture] programme. We are looking at revisiting that programme, intensifying and upgrading that programme.”
The Secretary said new initiatives will help develop agriculture by ensuring there are more trained farmers on the island. The Division also plans to implement a new agriculture revitalisation team.
He said the team will help empower the agricultural sector to adopt “best practices” in areas such as staple crop production, conservation agriculture, livestock, fisheries and natural resource management.
Young entrepreneurs to get business training
Beginning March 18 and ending May 13, Tobago's young people can learn about the tools needed to launch their own business.
Youth Business of Trinidad and Tobago (YBTT) is hosting a business launch initiative geared towards assisting budding entrepreneurs ages 18 to 35.
For eight weeks, participants will learn business skills, including how to get started with a business idea, how to test an idea's market feasibility, and how to create a business plan. They will also develop an understanding of how to pitch an idea, develop a product, assess their respective market and operations and produce a business plan.
The programme will be held at the Tobago Information Technology Limited building in Signal Hill. Anyone seeking further information on the programme can call 665-8621