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Gulf City Mall came alive recently when Captain
Consumer made his big debut at the Consumer
Affairs Division (CAD) of the Ministry of Trade and
Industry Christmas on a Budget caravan.
Consumer advocates educated the public about
their rights as consumers, as well as shopping tips
for the Christmas season.
More than 500 shoppers visited the caravan, inquir-
ing about the role of the CAD and to participate in
the many quizzes about CAD, vying for a chance to
win a hamper and branded promotional items. Every
hour, from noon, visitors who correctly answered
five questions won a Christmas Goodie hamper.
Shoppers received the following advice:
• When making a purchase, demand a receipt. It
is your proof of purchase.
• If you are purchasing an item which turns out
to be defective, you can receive any form of redress.
• Clauses such as, "No exchange, no refund" or
"Absolutely no refund" or "No refund on sale items"
Look out for Captain Consumer and the CAD Car-
avan on Friday on the Brian Lara Promenade, Port-
Trinidad will jump-start its
2015/2016 cruise season today with
the arrival of MV Adonia at the
Port of Port-of-Spain, followed by
the World Odyssey from tomorrow
The MV Adonia and World
Odyssey will each bring more than
700 passengers, with many of the
visitors expected to explore the cap-
ital city of Port-of-Spain and embark
on specialised tours to various sites
and attractions in T&T.
Trinidad s popularity as a port of
call is growing, with 26 visits from
cruise ships scheduled from this
month to May 2016.
"We are committed to ensuring
that every cruise visitor experiences
the warmth and vivacity of Trinidad
and Tobago and will be deploying
visitor guides in and around the Port
of Port-of-Spain to assist cruise pas-
sengers," said Keith Chin, CEO of
the Tourism Development Company
Visitor guides are trained as local
tourism ambassadors and are strate-
gically positioned at the cruise ship
terminal and in the streets of Port-
of-Spain, with maps and information
on local points of interest to help
passengers make the most of their
Cruise ship passengers disem-
barking at the Port also enjoy live
local entertainment, free wifi, a craft
market, a variety of island and com-
munity tour options and registered
tourist transport provider.
Cruise lines scheduled to stop in
Trinidad this season include the MSC
Orchestra, Saga Sapphire, Seven Seas
Navigator, NYK Asuka II, Saga Pearl
II and Maasdam.
Secretary for Finance and Enterprise
Development in the Tobago House of
Assembly (THA) Joel Jack has admitted
that growth in Tobago s private sector is
not proceeding at the pace he had hoped.
He said although millions of dollars in
grants and other facilities had been made
available to stimulate new enterprise and
sustainable jobs, the THA, the island s
largest employer, is no closer to reducing
its wage bill.
Jack said the Division of Finance and
Enterprise Development had some success
in stimulating entrepreneurship in Tobago
but faced fundamental challenges in the
area of diversification.
Business surveys conducted by the divi-
sion over the past two years show that the
services sector is buoyant and contributes
90 per cent to the island s growth domestic
product (GDP). Data also made revealed,
however, that the island is in urgent need
"The diversification of the economy has
been identified as one of the primary devel-
opment objectives for the island in the
Comprehensive Economic Development
Plan for Tobago, but critical to the overall
success of our diversification strategy are
issues of innovation, productivity and entre-
preneurship," Jack said.
"The Assembly, being a significant player
in the Tobago economy, has a critical role
to play in creating the enabling environment
to stimulate diversification of the island s
economy. In this regard, the Assembly must
be supportive, adaptive, innovative and
transparent to foster a conducive and
enabling environment to improve and
advance business activity."
Jack said the THA is best positioned to
create realistic economic development
strategies grounded in the specific strengths
of Tobago and to mobilise resources for
"This year, we are focused on the trifecta
of innovation, productivity and entrepre-
neurship as it relates to the further diver-
sification of the Tobago economy. Innova-
tion is a widely recognised driver of
economic growth. It is not just about high-
tech products, but capacity inculcated early
in the development process to facilitate the
narrowing of the gap between where we
are and where we hope to be," he said.
The Finance Secretary said innovation
will allow the THA to address issues and
challenges specific to the island s location
in space and time, while avoiding the seduc-
tion of highly competitive sectors in which
Tobago cannot gain a comparative advan-
Jack said innovation is being considered
for low technology sectors with high export
opportunity such as agro-processing. He
cited a 2012 report from the Organisation
for Economic Co-operation and Develop-
ment which said agricultural research and
development had a greater impact on pover-
ty reduction than most public investments
"In my division, we established the Toba-
go Information Technology Limited (TITL)
to spearhead innovation in the areas of
information, communication and technol-
ogy (ICT). At present, we are moving
towards the establishment of an Innovation
Centre at TITL to act as the focal point of
this innovation," he said.
"We provide support and training oppor-
tunities to entrepreneurs to improve the
standard and the quality of their products.
Moreover, the Eco-Industrial Development
Company of Tobago (EIDCOT) is earnestly
collaborating with the Division of Com-
munity Development and Culture and TITL
towards the development of the animation
industry in Tobago. The Assembly s support
for innovation is by no means limited to
the work in the Division of Finance and
Enterprise Development." Captain Consumer
visits Gulf City
Jack: Tobago in need
MV Adonia kicks-off cruise ship season
Sandra Bodoe poses with Captain Consumer after
receiving her winning hamper.
Former Unit Trust Corporation chairman Wendell Mottley speaks at an Investor Conference for Caribbean investors hosted by Citi at
the Hyatt Regency in Port-of-Spain. Catalina Herrera, Citi Country Officer, Trinidad Hub and James Ollivierre, Treasury Head, opened
the seminar to more than 60 investors. The day-long conference featured Citi experts who spoke on global trends and
opportunities, as well as local speakers Mottley and Carl Hiralal, Inspector of Financial Institutions.
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