Tobago’s creative sector could help build post-covid economy19
THA Chief Secretary Ancil Dennis said Tobago’s creative sector will be one of the main platforms through which the national economy can be revitalized after covid19.
In his message to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago as a republic, Dennis alluded to the pandemic, which has affected all sectors of the country for the past 18 months.
He said that recovering from “this current crisis will not be an easy task”, but expressed hope that the country will rebound.
“It will be an expensive undertaking for all of us, but overcoming this challenge is not an impossible task. The mission to rebuild our beloved country and its economy will require the same bravery and gravity that our nation’s early architects displayed, ”he said.
Dennis said the situation demands that new avenues of income generation be explored to put the country on the path to growth.
He added that one of the main areas of focus will be the development of the island’s orange economy.
“This is a promising and diverse area, when strategically tapped, can stimulate more than just the national treasure – it can also strengthen our collective soul. Ultimately, we are tapping into a resource that we have in abundance, a resource that many studies continue to predict will be a necessity to be competitive in the globalized economy.
Over the years, he said, Tobago has “consistently shown that it has all the facets to be a creative titan of this region. Although small in size, we have a vibrant history, vibrant festivals, and unmatched charm that belies these 116 squares. miles.
He described the work of the Tobago Performing Arts Company (TPAC) as “a really fresh oil in the island’s creative engine.
It would be, he said, “an important vehicle in transforming the performing arts sector in Tobago through training and development, awareness and much more. to propel this local business to world heights.
What makes TPAC incredibly special, said Dennis, is not just its emphasis on improving performance, but its contribution to creating a competitive and marketable product.
“In essence, TPAC represents another crucial rung on the ladder to uplift the creative sector across this island, and by extension the country.”