Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 30th 2013 Contents A12
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, May 30, 2013
PRE PAINTED STEEL
AS IT LOOKS
• FULL LENGTH
SHEETING & RIDGING
• STEEL CAN BE
OVER AN EXISTING
The Beauty of
Clay tile profile
without the weight
We will be open on
Friday 31st May
From 11.00 a.m - 4.00 p.m
74 - 76 Maraval Road, P.O.S.
Selwyn Ryan, left,
presents a copy of his
Trinidad and Tobago the
Black Experience, to Dr
Terrence Farrell, former
deputy governor of the
Central Bank, during the
launch of the book
under the sponsorship
of the University of T&T
in the audio visual
room, National Library,
PHOTO: ANDY HYPOLITE
TREMAINE SOCA WARNER
Former deputy governor of the
Central Bank Dr Terrence Farrell has
lauded the latest book by Prof Selwyn
Ryan, saying it has sought to offer
explanations to the troubling question
of why Afro-Trinidadians were under-
represented in business.
Farrell made the comment during
the launching of the books titled Entre-
preneurship in Trinidad and Tobago:
The Black Experience, at the National
Library, Port-of-Spain, on Monday.
It was published by the University
of T&T which hosted the event.
Farrell, who himself launched his
book, The Underachieving Society:
Development Strategy and Policy in
T&T, earlier this month, said over the
last 25 years Ryan had done major work
in a series of studies on entrepreneur-
ship in T&T and most recently on the
theme of "blacks in business."
"He has, over the last 30 years or
so, probed, pulled, sliced and dissected
all aspects of this country's convoluted
ethnic politics," he said.
Farrell questioned whether or not
Ryan had been too "elastic" in his citing
of Afro-Trinidadian entrepreneurs, since
entrepreneurship involved far more
than merely managing or running a
business. He noted issues of genetics,
cultural practices and the systematic
discrimination against aspiring Afro-
Trinidadian businessmen may also be
possible issues which may be raised.
In his address, Ryan said the book
was a "by-product of choice and
chance." Explaining the "chance," he
said he had attended meetings at the
UTT campus which involved Prof
Kenneth Ramchand and Pundit Ravi
Rajkumar among others. One of those
discussions included a proposed study
to "take a deeper look into the work
of the African community," he said.
Ryan said he was initially asked to
look for someone who would be able
to do and document such a study. After
unsuccessful attempts at finding a suit-
able researcher, he offered his
"The choice' part of it is that I want-
ed to do it because I had done sharks
and sardines, which is now out of print.
It sold extremely well," Ryan said.
"The other book was Entrepreneur-
ship in the Caribbean and between
those two I knew that there was a gap.
Those books focused on the later post-
Independence period and I felt I did
not know enough about what happened
immediately after Independence."
He extended thanks to UTT, Ram-
chand, Dr Brinsley Samaroo, Gerard
Besson and others for their contribution
to the book.
Also present was chairman of the
board of UTT governors Curtis Man-
choon, who described Ryan's book as
"a pivotal publication, in that it takes
a retrospective view at the history of
black entrepreneurship as it seeks to
discover the perception of entrepre-
neurship held by the previously
enslaved in T&T."
Manchoon said UTT was pleased to
be a part of Ryan's most recent work
since the rationale for UTT's formation
was to foster an entrepreneurial sprit
in the diverse fields of engineering,
fashion, animation and the performing
Farrell lauds Ryan's latest book
Farrell questioned whether
or not Ryan had been too
"elastic" in his citing of
far more than merely
managing or running a
business. He noted issues
of genetics, cultural
practices and the
against aspiring Afro-
may also be possible issues
which may be raised.
Links Archive May 29th 2013 May 31st 2013 Navigation Previous Page Next Page