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NFM celebrates 50th anniversary
Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon has com-
mended the management and staff of Nation-
al Flour Mills Limited (NFM) for their efforts
which have transformed the company into a
commercially viable enterprise.
The minister, who was part of the NFM's 50th
anniversary dinner and awards, said the compa-
ny had experienced peaks and troughs and owes
its changed fortunes to the resourcefulness of the
board, management and staff .
"The journey of NFM has clearly been a part-
nership between the Government and the private
sector. The organization is now recognized as a lead-
ing manufacturer in flour milling, rice packaging,
animal feed and pet food, and dry mix operations,"
Ministry of Planning and
two day training session
The Ministry of Planning and Development
believes its Global Services Promotion Pro-
gramme is a key area for economic diversi-
fication and has just concluded a two day
training session for close to 80 participants
from UWI, UTT and COSTAAT, as well as 50
local entrepreneurs and stakeholders in the
Information Technology enabled Services
(ITeS) and IT sectors.
The participants gained insight into technology
to enhance their trade and businesses using cut-
ting edge web and mobile application technology.
In a release the ministry said training was fa-
cilitated by Antonio Guzman, Google Develop-
ment Expert and Francisco Solsona, Regional and
Accelerator Lead for Spanish and Latin America.
The training focused on information firebase
app technology, Google app platform technology,
accelerated mobile app technology and progressive
web applications and was delivered through pres-
entations, workshops, mentoring and networking
sessions. It was the first of many initiatives that
will be rolled out through the Global Services Pro-
The general objective is to support the advance-
ment of T&T as a potential leader for the global
provision of Information Technology enabled Ser-
vices (ITeS). The expected impacts are increased
exports and employment in the ITeS sector which
can be accomplished through sector-specific
training and support services, investment pro-
motion and branding, as well as capacity building
to improve the business climate and regulatory
framework of ITeS in T&T.
Beneficiaries will include students, the un-
employed and underemployed who will receive
training at the Global Services Internationaliza-
tion Hub; exporting ITeS companies who require
additional qualified labour to scale their exports;
and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who
wish to increase their export capacity.
This programme was made available from In-
ter-American Bank (IDB) loan and grant funding.
Gopee-Scoon said NFM has been able
to develop a robust distribution network
and an aggressive export drive that has
facilitated penetration of its products into
markets such as Belize, Barbados, Domini-
ca, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname,
St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia,
Canada and the United States.
She added: "The Ministry of Trade
and Industry is committed to assisting
manufacturers with accessing non-tra-
ditional markets through government to
government arrangements, trade facilita-
tion and promotional visits. Furthermore,
the ministry is dedicated to continuing
dialogue with all stakeholders in the man-
ufacturing, commercial and industrial
sectors to address challenges related to
trade and competitiveness."
Gopee-Scoom congratulated the staff,
executives and awardees on their work
and told them: "The ministry is confident
that NFM is on course towards penetrating
foreign markets given that it has embarked
on projects geared towards upgrading its
plant operations, new product develop-
ment, modernizing research and devel-
opment facilities, achieving safe quality
food certification and improving employ-
NFM CEO Kelvin Mahabir said: "NFM
could not have reached this far without
our devoted Staff members, who go above
and beyond to ensure that the job is done."
Also speaking the the function was
chairman Nigel Romano who noted that
2016 had been filled with challenges,
"but we have worked together to over-
come most of them. NFM is blessed to be
staffed with committed and responsible
"Tough times don't last but tough peo-
ple do and we will continue to work to-
gether as a team to excel in 2017," he said.
Francisco Solsona, right, Google's regional and
accelerator lead, Spanish and Latin America, guides
one of the participants in a training session.
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