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The recent happenings, where among them, the Honourable Minister of the Arts and
Multiculturalism sought to have the representative of the National Carnival Bands
Association of Trinidad and Tobago (NCBA), who sits on the Board of the National Carnival
Commission (NCC), removed and replaced by someone else from the NCBA, is cause for
The autonomy and independence of the three Special Interest Groups are set out in Acts
of Parliament; No. 5 of 1986; No. 33 of 1998 and No. 27 of 2007 for Pan-Trinbago Inc.,
Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation (TUCO) and the National Carnival Bands
Association of Trinidad and Tobago (NCBA), respectively.
The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago Act 1991, recognizes the criti-
cal role of the Special Interest Groups and has duly provided, in Section 5 (1) (a), (b) and
(c) for the nominee of the respective Interest Groups to be appointed by the Honourable
Minister to the Board of the NCC.
It anticipates that the Honourable Minister may revoke such an appointment; however,
Section 2(b) sets a pathway; “Where the Organisation that nominated him requests in writ-
ing that the Honourable Minister revoke the appointment and appoint someone else”.
This event has not occurred and therefore, the action on the part of the Honourable
Minister has raised concerns, as to the motive and whether this was somewhat of a strate-
gic move, designed to affect the representation of the three Special Interest Groups.
The nominee and subsequent special representative of any one of the Special Interest
Groups, who sits on the NCC Board in the position of Director is a conduit, who represents
the views of the particular Group and also contributes to the general good, with regards to
Carnival preparation and its celebration.
The three Special Interest Groups continue to commit to a sincere and productive contri-
bution to ensuring that the NCC meets its mandate, and in this regard urges the
Honourable Minister to respect the autonomy and rights of each Interest Group, to inde-
pendently nominate its representative.
We hasten to point out that the onus lies on the Secretary of any one of the Interest Groups
to supply any documentation on the written responses that may reach the particular
Group, and not the individuals in their specific capacity of Director on the Board of the
We continue to hold the Honourable Minister in our highest esteem and call for a swift and
amicable resolution to this matter.
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Minister of Tertiary Education and Skills
Training Fazal Karim visited the Carib compound
in Champs Fleurs for a tour of Carib Brewery
and Carib Glassworks Ltd.
The visit, which took place on May 1, was part
of the minister’s initiative to meet local manu-
facturers in an attempt to address labour short-
Karim’s team included David Lee, Chairman,
Metal Industries Company, and Feroze Khan,
Chairman, National Energy Skills Centre (NESC).
He was welcomed by Andrew Sabga, Head of
ANSA McAL’s Beverage Sector, David Hadeed,
Managing Director, Carib Glassworks Ltd and
Rahim Mohammed, Human Resources Manager
of ANSA McAL’s Beverage Sector, among others.
Karim and Lee said that manufacturers like
Carib Brewery and Carib Glassworks, should com-
municate with them their labour needs so that
programmes can be created to produce the needed
Left to right, Fazal
Karim, Minister of
and Skills Training
gets a guided tour
of the Carib
in Champs Fleurs
from Paul Wood,
Head of ANSA
Sector, May 1.
...says that manufacturers should
communicate their labour needs
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