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George Singh, chief executive officer of
Southex is expecting "millions" of dollars to
be generated at Southex 2013.
"This is a rebirth of the Southex expo, but
we expect that millions of dollars will be gen-
erated from the expo. I can give a better figure
after the event," he told the Business Guardian
on Tuesday via e-mail.
He said there will be 60 business exhibitions
between October 23 and 27 at the San Fer-
nando-based Southern Academy for the Per-
forming Arts (SAPA).
This year's show is themed Southex 2013
"Concepts is a general notion or idea. It is
an idea of something formed by mentally com-
bining all characteristics or particulars. It is a
fact that thoughts lead to ideas, which ulti-
mately lead to a concept. Our world is built
from new ideas, new concepts and thoughts,"
Singh said the event is sold out.
He said most companies exhibiting this year
are local. They include automotive, computer
technology, industrial, solar technology, home
and building accessories and health and well-
ness. There will also be a large food fair with
a fashion and entertainment village featuring
many local entertainers.
Singh said after Southex's humble beginnings
in Gulf City Mall, San Fernando, in 1991 with
eight booths, this year's show will have 174
After a seven-year hiatus due to the lack of
a proper venue, he's excited at the potential
of this year's showing.
"The Southex expo has always been the
leading business expo in South Trinidad. When
we stopped in 2006, it was the largest expo
in the country. This year we are really excited
about being able to host the event at SAPA,
and we look forward to the event growing every
year from this point," he said.
"We have been clamoring for a venue in
south for many years. When Gulf City went
under renovations about seven years ago,
Southex expo was displaced, so we welcomed
the new SAPA venue and look forward to max-
imising the use of the venue in years to come.
Southex has really helped businesses by expos-
ing them to the south market."
"This five-day event will bring back all the
excitement associated with the event over the
years and it is expected to draw huge crowds
of up to 50,000 people."
"Southex has always been the only serious
business event in south Trinidad, and it gives
exposure to any businesses there to a whole
different market space. The fact that companies
continue to come back is evidence they are
generating business from the event," Singh
Maritime is an employment generating sec-
tor, said International Maritime Organisa-
tion (IMO) regional adviser Colin Young.
He said: "As a delivery mechanism for
global trade, international maritime trans-
port supports and sustains a huge number
of wealth-creating and poverty-alleviating activities both in
developed and developing countries. Shipping provides job
opportunities for 1.5 seafarers globally. The vast majority being
from developing countries."
Young predicted if there is continuous growth in the world
economy, there would be continuous demand for "more than
50,000 new, highly trained seafarers."
He was addressing World Maritime Day 2013 celebrations,
themed Sustainable Development: IMO's Contribution Beyond
Rio (Rio de Janero) plus 20, on September 26 at the University
of T&T (UTT), Chaguaramas.
UTT chairman Curtis Manchoon said the university's grad-
uates are marketable and can search for jobs in port operations
and management, maritime law and the marine environment.
"The worldwide shortage of engineering and navigation offi-
cers also guarantee students permanent employment oppor-
tunities in what is still an exciting career for young people:
merchant marine. For those entrepreneurial-minded graduates,
they can also create their own opportunities by harnessing
their educational experience into lucrative future career paths.
What I am saying, therefore, is there is a plethora of opportunities
that await our maritime graduates."
Manchoon said UTT has a niche role in "taking a new gen-
eration of scholars for employment and entrepreneur activities"
in the maritime sector, and the university will play its part in
building the economy.
Maritime's role in diversification
Prof Dyer Narinesingh, president of UTT, said the university
is only one of two in the Caribbean Basin offering training
programmes in maritime studies. He said the maritime sector
is considered one of the most important growth poles of T&T
in the diversification of T&T's economy.
"UTT is proud to be part of the training of appropriate
human resource needed for this socioeconomic transformation.
Unlike many sectors, the importance of the maritime sector
of our economy is not obvious to most of our population, and
what a pity, nor is the pursuit of a career in maritime studies
appears as a viable option to many of our young people, such
as medicine, law and engineering. I think this is where career
guidance is becoming even more critical," Narinesingh said.
Narinesingh said modern day industries are changing at a
rapid pace and employers' demand for a more skilled workforce
means that students should take note of trends.
"The maritime industry will become more strategic to the
socioeconomic development of T&T. Could we imagine, for
one moment, what would be the status of our petrochemical
sector without an efficient modernised set of marine servic-
es?"Shipping is what is responsible for bridging the ocean gaps
and, indeed, contributing toward making the world a global
village. This demand has fuelled the growth of the shipping
industry, and like any other industry during this growth phase,
an evaluation needs to be conducted to ensure there is an equal
balance of the social, economic and environmental components
of the industry," Narinesingh said.
Narinesingh said efficient transportation systems provide
economic and social opportunities and benefits "that result in
a positive multiplier effect, such as better access to market,
employment and additional investment."
He said deficient transportation systems in terms of capacity
or reliability "can have an economic cost, such as reduced or
missed opportunities and lower quality of life for our people."
According to Narinesingh, the univeristy's maritime pro-
gramme has produced more than 120 graduates from the
diploma to the Masters programme.
He said more than 3,000 students have been trained in mar-
itime short courses, and there are plans to expand the UTT's
"Maritime programmes at UTT will expand in due course
to offer courses at the chief engineers and chief mates level
in order to meet the demands of our graduates for higher pro-
fessional education and certification."
The UTT Chaguaramas campus celebrated its first two grad-
uates: John-Paul Pantin and Peter Lazzari, who are employed
with the T&T Pilots Association.
UTT graduates told:
Jobs aplenty in maritime sector
Transport Minister Stephen Cadiz, centre, shakes the hand of Peter Lazarri while John-Paul Pantin looks on at World Maritime
Day 2013 celebrations at the University of T&T (UTT), Chaguaramas. PHOTO: ANDY HYPOLITE
CEO expects Southex to generate millions in sales
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