Episode 29- Aired Monday 15th January 2018
On January 10th, the Chairman of the Economic Development Advisory Board resigned in frustration, because the Government repeatedly ignored the Board’s advice. Some called it ‘a blow to the economic diversification agenda’. Financial analyst, Ian Narine, says that the many challenges facing this country makes carrying out many of those recommendations, and some existing policies, a matter of urgency.
One-time ‘soca’ hitmaker, Colin Lucas, appointed chairman of the National Carnival Commission (which manages the pre-Lenten festival), in November 2017, talks about making do with less government funding, and ‘fully developing the links with tourism, to maximize financial returns’. According to intellectual property rights advocate, Fabien Alfonso, formerly of the Recording Association, the Music industry, alone, contributed some 350 million dollars to the local economy in 2005, but a more up-to-date assessment about true impact of the wider creative sector on ‘the bottom line’ is needed.
And we meet 3 enterprising individuals: Qualified petroleum engineer, Tremaine Rogers, who started Beyong Ideas Plus, and turned to making wonderfully-scented candles, expanding beyond Tobago, into the Trinidad market, with packaging help from graphic designer, Ariston Douglas.
And Michael Parris, using a centuries-old technique to sun-dry bananas, peppers, and cocoa, under the award-winning Soular brand, and now exported overseas.
Episode 29 Part 2 – The Business Corner January 15th 2018 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials
Episode 29 Part 3 – The Business Corner January 15th 2018 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials
Episode 29 Part 4 – The Business Corner January 15th 2018 – Please note Segments presented in its entirety inclusive of sponsor commercials