Tuesday 26 March, 2019

Gasparillo launches business chamber

Minister of Trade and Industry Senator the Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon (seated) with members of the new Gasparillo Chamber of Commerce. Photo courtesy The Ministry of Trade and Industry

Minister of Trade and Industry Senator the Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon (seated) with members of the new Gasparillo Chamber of Commerce. Photo courtesy The Ministry of Trade and Industry

Gasparillo is kicking its business activity into high gear having launched its Chamber of Commerce last Saturday.

The members of the executive of the newly formed Gasparillo Chamber of Commerce came in for high praise from Minister of Trade and Industry, Paula Gopee-Scoon for “the successful realisation of their collective vision”. 

Gopee-Scoon said the event signalled heightened business activity in Gasparillo which would benefit the wider community.

She said the creation of the new Chamber of Commerce was encouraging as it pointed to the solidarity among the businesses, the hope that exists and the ability to organise and act on those shared values for a brighter, more prosperous future for the neighbouring communities.

Noting that a significant percentage of firms in Gasparillo and in Trinidad and Tobago are Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), the Minister said these businesses remain the backbone of T&T’s economy.

…the sheer number, diversity and dynamism of these businesses position them as unequalled social and economic forces. You are therefore the drivers of growth and sustainable development in our country”.

She indicated that there are several initiatives being executed by the Ministry and its State Agencies to create new opportunities in the non-energy sector for entrepreneurs to innovate, expand and export.

Minster Gopee-Scoon encouraged the membership to partner with the Government to ensure that their work is impactful and benefits businesses, the Gasparillo community and the country as a whole.

Newly appointed President of the Gasparillo Chamber of Commerce, Anil Ranjit, highlighted the objectives of the current executive which included creating opportunities for young entrepreneurs and addressing some other issues affecting Gasparillo and environs.

He envisioned the Chamber’s work as transformative.

Economist Dr Roger Hosein, Senior Lecturer and the Coordinator of the Trade and Economic Development Unit at the Department of Economics, University of the West Indies, who also spoke at the launch identified projects which the Chamber could initiate to impact the community of Gasparillo.

He indicated that the Chamber and similar institutions had a major role to play as the future of the country relied on the development and expansion of the non-energy sector.

The organisation's executive includes Anil Ramjit -President, Patrick Smith- Vice President, Sham Chotalal - Secretary, Vanya Ali- Treasurer, Samuel George & Samuel George Jr, Aaseen (Tikki) Ali and Keisha Manohar- Gokool.

The Gasparillo Chamber of Commerce was founded in April 2018 and is responsible for ensuring the economic health of the village of Gasparillo and its surrounding trade area.

 

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