Published on : Friday, September 8, 2017
She said this during the ministry’s public consultation on the Draft Community Based Tourism Policy held at the Upper El Dorado Community Centre, College Road, in Tunapuna.
Ramkhelawan said that Trinidad and Tobago’s economy has remained heavily dependent on the energy sector for the generation of foreign exchange revenues.
She said, “With the recent decline in oil-generated revenues, the Government has underscored the need to diversify the local economy through job creation and the need to establish inter-sectoral linkages to stimulate economic growth. Given our country’s natural and cultural assets, our traditions, customs and resourcefulness of our people, the development of the community based tourism niche could not have come at a better time.”
Ramkhelawan added that it is important to ensure that there is adequate protection and preservation of the environment and the socio-cultural assets. To quote Ramkhelawan “There are other communities that are focused on our heritage, culture, customs and traditions and they seek to ensure that our citizens and especially the young ones are well aware of our history and ancestral backgrounds.”
Ramkhelawan said that there needs to be greater collaboration among stakeholders, the establishment of a framework in the development of projects, community empowerment and upgrading of existing facilities.