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Published on November 5th, 2015 | by TandT Newsday Newspapers

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Ministry funds for steelband industry

The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs will be adopting a financial assistance programme for the local steelband industry. At the annual Pan Trinbago Strategic Meeting yesterday, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry, Junia Regrello, announced that they will consider applications for steelbands to seek funding as a last resort option. He stated, “It is the responsibility of the management of Pan Trinbago and unit steelbands to adopt a new, creative and innovative approach to access funding. There is no convincing reason to explain why steelbands are seldom organising fund-raising activities to finance projects for the Carnival season and during the remainder of the year.” The Pan Trinbago Strategic Meeting was held at the Community Development Resource Learning Centre, St Ann’s with the aim of re-structuring the organisation.

Regrello indicated that Ministry representatives yesterday met with executives to discuss the transformation of Pan Trinbago. He said, “We examined re-energising the steelband movement, issues of effective governance and change management intervention. We also set up desired outcomes including a proposal for financial self-sufficiency, professionalising Pan Trinbago operations and establishing an umbrella company to cover all aspects of the industry.” According to Regrello, the workshop entitled “Towards Self-sufficiency in Pan Trinbago” is a significant intervention for guiding the future direction of Pan Trinbago against the backdrop of a changing environment in which relevance and responsiveness are key values.

In his remarks, he stated that it was imperative for Pan Trinbago to examine the relevance of its existing structures, systems and procedures and institute the necessary change “in order to effectively and efficiently manage its business as well as to be in a position to respond to the opportunities and threats in the external environment.” He explained that the Ministry has developed a strategic review exercise to align philosophy and activities of Pan Trinbago with the objectives of Vision 2020. “This should signal to the organisation that it cannot operate in the mode as in the past or harbour the same expectation,” he said.

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