Minister of the Arts and Multiculturalism Dr Lincoln Douglas has challenged the executive of Pan Trinbago to prove to the world that their organisation is “The World Governing Body for Pan”.
The challenge came on Wednesday evening at the Lord Kitchener Auditorium, National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) at the launch of the logo for the International Conference and Panorama 2015. Pan Trinbago proposes to hold the first International Conference and Panorama (ICP) in 2015, from August 6 to 9. University of the West Indies, St Augustine (UWI) pro vice chancellor and principal Prof Clement Sankat is the Patron of the ICP. The conference will deal with topics such as The History and Development of Pan, The Science of the Instrument and the Applications used, Recent Developments of the Instrument.
In his address Douglas said, “Steelpan is more than our instrument, it is an integral part of the heritage of Trinidad and Tobago. I take the launch of this logo as an indication that we are in serious business when it comes to steelpan.
“It is therefore fitting and absolutely necessary that Trinidad and Tobago be positioned as the home of steelpan and be the main facilitator of its development.”
Douglas said Pan Trinbago has been handed a very serious responsibility…to nurture and develop a creation that came from the belly of the people and this responsibility brings with it high expectations.
He continued, “The Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism is ready to stand with you in this venture in the anticipation of only the highest levels of excellence, as is deserving of the national instrument.
“To advance the steelpan sector, smart strategies must be implemented to reap the true benefits both socially and economically. I refer to high levels of professionalism because this demands quality decision making based on market research and the achievement of quantifiable objectives as well as the provision of quality products supported by quality-service providers. I take it therefore that Pan Trinbago has done or is doing these things.”
Douglas said he knew of incremental success in the evolution of the steelpan and it is the vision of his Government that the Trinidad and Tobago brand steelpan will be a world-renowned product which will ensure sustained macro-economic benefits as it relates to investment, growth and job creation.
“People all over the world want the steelpan and the adherence to international standards of professionalism and business practices can mean the difference between success and failure,” Douglas told the audience.
Douglas said Trinidad and Tobago must become the benchmark, the standard, the brand, the best thing; whatever you call it we must be it.
“I challenge Pan Trinbago to realising these ideals and expect that the International Conference and Panorama will represent a definite move in the direction of high levels of management and leadership for the steelpan sector,” ended the minister.
Pan Trnbago’s president Keith Diaz said the unveiling of the logo speaks of another bold and measured step along the road which leads to a place of progress, satisfaction and success.
Sankat said the partnership between Pan Trinbago and the UWI St Augustine Campus is a very natural one. It is a partnership defined by synergy, collaboration and mutual respect for promoting our culture and our heritage through the national instrument—the steelpan.
Sankat said, “It is a partnership which has its roots in our deep pride for our indigenous art of music and the pivotal role it plays in shaping our national development.
“It is a partnership with Pan Trinbago is also based on passion an important ingredient for any partnership—a passion for pan.”
President Anthony Carmona unveiled the logo with Pan Trinbago president to the cheers of the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) audience which included Speaker of the House Wade Mark and Ambassador Sir Edwin Carrington.
Roslyn Khan-Cummings and Clement James are the team leaders for the International Conference and Panorama secretariat.