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Government to honour 60 national icons

Sunday, May 19 2013

The Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister and the Citizens’ Advisory Committee will honour 60 national icons, nominated by the public and selected by a Citizens’ Advisory Committee, on May 20 at the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Trinidad from 6:30 pm.

President Anthony Carmona will attend the event at which Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar will deliver the feature address.

The individuals to be honoured are among the best in their fields in the world in the categories of Politics/Philosophy, Entrepreneurship, Architecture, Science, Media, Community Service, Public Service, Religion, Creative Arts, Science and Sports.

Outstanding luminaries in these fields will also be honoured posthumously.

Some of the awardees include first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Eric Eustace Williams, Patricia “Pat” Bishop, former president Arthur NR Robinson, star cricketer Brian Lara, Olympic 100 m gold medallist Hasely Crawford, Calypsonian Sparrow, aka, Slinger Francisco, novelist Earl Lovelace, businessman Sidney Knox, TT’s first president Sir Ellis Clarke, and Dr Rudranath Capildeo.

A release from the Ministry of Planning, which is headed by Minister Bhoendranath Tewarie, explained that the National Icons Awards is one of the projects embarked upon to formally recognise individuals/groups that have made contributions over the last 50 years in the areas of creative arts, politics, philosophy, science, sports, community building, entrepreneurship and business as well as education.

The release noted that a Cabinet appointed High Level Expert Panel to guide the Implementation of Arts, Cultural, Entrepreneurial and Patriotism Projects was established under the ambit of the Ministry of Planning and the Economy in 2011and that the central purpose of the Panel was to advance arts, entrepreneurial, cultural and patriotism projects in a holistic manner, towards investing in our cultural heritage and fostering sustainable development.

One of the three clear recommendations made by the Expert Panel was a programme of activities to support the observance of TT’s 50th Anniversary of Independence, the release noted, reminding that in January 2012, Cabinet gave approval for an Inter-Ministerial Committee and development of a “Programme of Initiatives for the Commemoration and Celebration of TT’s 50th Anniversary of Independence”.

The release noted that a temporary Coordinating Secretariat in the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable and that “the programme of activities was continuously expanded from its initial list of activities as support and agreement was reached by the Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development in his capacity as Chair.”

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