Message from the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) 2020-2021
January 6th, 2021
THE HONOURABLE ANCIL DENNIS – CHIEF SECRETARY OF TOBAGO HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY (THA) AND SECRETARY OF TOURISM, CULTURE AND TRANSPORTATION
The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis and a catalyst fused together; a period of uncertainty that can still be leveraged to further the development of this country. In many ways, it has thrust us into the digital future, challenging us to become more tactical and resilient in the way that we do business.
At the Tobago House of Assembly, we continue to navigate the complexities surrounding this new normal. From the onset, the island’s tourism industry has experienced tremendous strain like so many of our regional and international counterparts. Through collaboration with the Central Government, a $50 million allocation was made available to hoteliers and proprietors for renovation purposes. Indeed, this downturn is being harnessed strategically, to build a more competitive tourism product going forward. The THA has also implemented a $4 million Tourism COVID Relief Grant, to render greater support to other industry players.
Much of our energies are also being invested into the agricultural sector. This pandemic has reminded us of the vulnerability of global supply chains, and the importance of boosting food security. Liaising with farmers and agro-processors regarding their ideas and challenges remains a top priority of this administration.
In addition to the above, ensuring that the SME’s can circumvent this unprecedented chapter is crucial. Therefore, our Business Development Unit (BDU) has announced new initiatives and expanded previous programmes targeting local entrepreneurs.
Truly, this is a disguised opportunity for Tobago to
re-examine and recalibrate its vision. A chance to return to the world stage possibly stronger than before.
Office of the Chief Secretary Tobago House of Assembly
Administrative Complex, 62-64 Calder Hall Road
Scarborough 900408, Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: (868) 639-2696
Fax: (868) 639-5374
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