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Six communities to get $11.5m boost to economy

By Sue-Ann Wayow sue-ann.wayow@trinidadexpress.com

IN an attempt to boost economic development, a three-year project costing $11.5 million will be carried out in six communities in South Trinidad.

The project is entitled, “Developing and Implementing a Local Development Framework for regions with Extractive Industries.”

It is being implemented by the University of the West Indies (UWI) Trade and Economic Development Unit.

Funding for the project is being sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank and Atlantic.

Activities to be undertaken include business and entrepreneurial training, parenting workshops for teenage mothers, motivational series for secondary schools, community consultations, and workshop training sessions on micro financing options available for entrepreneurs in the south western peninsula.

The six communities that will benefit from this project are Buenos Ayres, La Brea, Point Fortin, Chatham, Cedros and Icacos, said Justin Joseph, a researcher with UWI.

Tomorrow, there will be the launch of an Awareness Campaign at Garden Jewelz, South Central Road, Point Fortin. The project is supported by the Point Fortin Borough Corporation.

Members of the public are invited to the launch that begins at 3 p.m. to find out more about the project.

Anyone wanting further information can call the project coordinator at 468-9739. 

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