An innovation unit, to be called the Tobago Information Technology Limited (TITL), is to be set up in the Division of Education, Innovation and Energy to drive innovation initiatives.
So announced Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles as he addressed 27 graduates from the Tobago Young Innovators Camp hosted by schoolteacher Joseph Frederick last Friday.
In his address at the event held at the Tobago Hotel and Tourism Institute (THTI) Conference Room in Mt St George, Charles commended Frederick on the four-week long camp.
“We have young children who are keen on becoming innovators in the field of science and technology. I am proud by this because so often we do not recognise that we have the talent here in Tobago and all that is required is persons with the interest, in terms of adults to spend the time to provide the opportunities and the experiences for the talents to blossom or to flourish,” he said.
Lois Leslie, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eco-Industrial Development Company of Tobago (E-iDCOT), also spoke at the event, stating “there are opportunities to develop and advance our creative minds…”
“We firmly believe that when we talk about a prosperous Tobago and developing a Tobago, we have to talk about collaboration and we have to talk about partnerships and it is partnerships like these that will allow us to embrace and command opportunities that exists, so that we create the new ones and we optimise the facilities available,” Leslie said.
E-iDCOT was one of the camp’s major sponsor. Leslie noted that E-iDCOT was established by the Assembly in 2009 with a mandate to drive economic development, diversify the economy as well as transform Tobago in an eco-friendly way that allows for innovation and creation of new ideas and new opportunities to grow, build wealth and develop.