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Published on November 11th, 2015 | by TandT Newsday Newspapers

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Unto to us is born a saviour of pan

With the onset of the Yuletide season, I proclaim glad tidings of great joy to the national community, for unto us a saviour is born. Pan Trinbago is now an industrial manufacturer. Since February 2014, a fully outfitted manufacturing plant producing steel drums for the downstream industry of pan making, has been operating out of the Macoya Industrial Estate in Trincity.  The start-up production level is 100 steel drums a day and plans are in place to increase production levels. Supply links have already been established in both domestic and foreign markets. This development is significant.

Here we have a grassroots cultural organisation boldly taking up the challenge of concretising our existing cultural art forms into net earners of foreign exchange. And this at a time when the country is grappling with economic diversification issues, inclusive of the creation of innovative foreign exchange earning entities. In the context of our current economic situation, unto us a saviour is born indeed. Verily, this singular event is most worthy of emulation and adaption by other cultural and grassroots organisations, of active encouragement and support by those of us in public life, and of rigorous scientific research, evaluation and documentation by our fellow citizens in academia in the fields of history, engineering and social and economic development.  To the newly elected executive of Pan Trinbago, I say that industrial manufacturing has always been a serious business and that will not change because of your presence. However, if your presence in this environment is to be sustained, it will be consequent to a large extent on a fundamental change in the socio-economic and socio-political psyche of our people. And this is the crux of our struggle today…to free ourselves from mental slavery.

Nonetheless, I wholeheartedly support your efforts to seize this historic moment by appointing a board of management to oversee the daily operations of the enterprise.  In this modern world of industrial production, innovative business acumen, utilising stateof- the-art information technology, and a trained, well-qualified and highly motivated workforce are the foundation blocks of profitability.  I have already proclaimed you a saviour, so go thou now and save yourselves, and by extension TT. To my brothers and sisters in the steelband movement, I say be aware, a revenue earning dynamo with limitless possibilities is now on board. Let us examine the horns and ensure that we carefully scrutinise the operation of this enterprise by demanding our right to up to date information on a regular basis.

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