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Business Corner – Sept 23rd 2019

Franka Costelloe-Mckenzie assumed the role of president of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association in April 2019, upbeat about the sector, and pushing for a doubling of exports within 5 years. Her wishlist for the 2019/20 budget includes a reduction of taxes based on incremental growth, an announcement on the payment of Value Added Tax refunds, and improved opportunities for leases, so manufacturers can be ‘fully invested’.
We meet ‘the next best “agri-preneur”, as chosen by the ‘Amp It Up’ mastermind programme put on by We Help Youths (WHY) Farm, in August, Renee Andrews, who has launched the country’s
1st ice-cream delivery service, Sorvete.
The agriculture theme continues with Keron Bascombe (editor of Tech4Agri) and Brent Eversley (Green Fram Nation), members of the Trinidad and Tobago Agriculture Business Association, which has developed “ARKs” (Agriculture Recovery Kits) to assist those impacted by adverse weather events such as tropical storms.  They’re joined from Rome, Italy, by Dr. Mark Holderness, executive secretary of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research, a consultant for the initiative.
And, in the 3rd excerpt from his presentation at July’s ‘Market and Mission’ conference, economist, Dr. Ralph Henry, of Kairi Consultants, examines the subject of access to credit by small businesses.

 

Business Corner – Sept 16th 2019

 

In the lead up to the 2019/20 budget presentation, we get more of the thoughts of an economist, Dr. Ralph Henry, of Kairi Consultants, on what’s needed to get Trinidad and Tobago’s economy moving again.
The co-ordinator of the Confederation of Regional Business Chambers (and Manager of the Couva-Pt. Lisas Chamber), Jai Leladarsingh, weighs in, saying “companies cannot take more taxes”, and that the Finance Minister needs to focus on innovation and entrepreneurial support in the manufacturing, tourism and agriculture sectors.
In our entrepreneurs’ segment, Tamara de Peiza retraces the journey from 8 to 4 office worker to strategic marketing studies, and coming up with a twist on the traditional Christmas beverage,
‘ponche-de-creme’, that led to her forming her own, successful company, Dee-Lightful Productions

 

Business Corner – Sept 9th 2019

 

Late August to early September, Hurricane Dorian again showed the devastating power of tropical weather systems. The often long process of recovery, relief, and re-building of infrastructure and lives that follows includes operations to restore power, communications, and services. Brian Acham and José Pardo (Redcom/Microdyne), Christine Van der Heide, Brian Haire (The Adex Corp) and Kevin Kowalik (HCI Energy) offer some technology and practical solutions for disaster preparation and management.
With Finance Minister, Colm Imbert, set to deliver the 2019/20 Budget on October 7, a 4-part series of excerpts begins with noted economist, Dr. Ralph Henry, of Kairi Consultants, giving his thoughts about what’s needed to ignite the economy.
And Yoland Agard-Simmons, of the Association of Female Executives of Trinidad+Tobago (AFETT) gives details about the latest edition of their ‘Suit Me Up’ campaign, that offers women workplace attire at heavily-discounted prices, and helps fund university bursaries for them.

 

Business Corner – Sept 2nd 2019

Samsung’s newest premium smartphones, the Note10 and Note10 Plus, officially hit stores in late August. They offer next-gen’ storage, come with a functional S-Pen, and for the 1st time,
ditch the traditional headphones in favour of a pair of USB earbuds. Latin America mobile sales manager, Jarrod Best-Mitchell, explains their billing as ‘faster and better for work, capturing and editing video, and playing virtual games’,- and  the removal of the micro-SD card in the ’10’.
Dawn Richards, of D.R.A. Consulting, talks about how companies can improve customer service and business fortunes through their employees, first.
Then, Simone Francois-Whittier describes the transition from legal practice to the launch, in June 2019, of IndelimeTT, a commercial beverage venture- after a decade of making
fruit-based cocktails and liqueurs as a hobby.

Business Corner – Aug 26th 2019

 

According to Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley, the public service faces “a systematic problem, resulting from antiquated arrangements for modern realities”. Having spent more than a decade working in it, Rishi Maharaj, of the consultancy, EquiGov, explains some of the reasons for that, and the need for ‘a business process re-engineering’, as well as the political will and funding to turn things around.

General Manager, Investment Services, at First Citizens, Sana Ragbir, gives an idea of the options available for growing even the most limited of available savings, and the role interest rates play.

The 14th edition of the mostly-biennial Caribbean Festival of the Arts, CariFesta, took place in Trinidad+Tobago from August 16-25. Just a handful of the many regional small traders present speak about life in the craft and fashion industries.

 

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