The Couva/Point Lisas Chamber of Commerce on Thursday held its annual award function and dinner at the Chamber's new building at Camden Road, Couva.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government Rudranath Indarsingh, who brought greetings on behalf of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, remembered the late Claude Clarke laying the foundation of the Chamber.
Clarke, who died in 2005, was a former president of the Chamber, founder of the Sugar and Energy Festival in Couva, and former chairman of the National Carnival Commission.
Indarsingh said Couva had been neglected for a long time and there were plans for big growth in the area.
He said: "At the last budget presentation, the Minister of Finance, Larry Howai, has enunciated clearly Couva to Carapichaima as one of the growth poles which have been identified by the government."
Chamber president Lily Herai said the new Chamber building was situated in an area where it was the hub for key business meetings.
Minister of State in the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources Ramona Ramdial also spoke at the function, disclosing that major work was to begin in the region soon on roads and drains.
Among those honoured at the function were Lancelot Smart, Nal Ramsingh, Satnarine Bachew and Trevor Joseph.