In the aftermath of Tropical Storm, Bret, the Bank attempted to contact its 1,719 clients to determine whether they were affected and to ascertain the assistance and/or relief that could be provided by the ADB. All of the clientele were contacted with 280 clients confirming that they were negatively impacted by the weather conditions.
Trinidad and Tobago joined over 160 countries around the world to celebrate “Global Entrepreneurship Week”, (GEW) the largest global celebration of innovators and job creators, who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand human welfare. During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors, and even investors. November 14th – 20th officially marked GEW T&T 2016 with the national theme “Diversification Through Entrepreneurship,” targetingyouths under age 35. ADB partnered with GEW T&T lead organization Youth Business Trinidad and Tobago (YBTT) to host the Agriculture event, one of five (5) focus areas identified for the national conversation on diversification.
On Friday, 3rd June, 2016 Senator the Honourable Clarence Rambharat ‘unveiled the signage’ at the launch of the Sub-Office of The Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) and The National Agricultural Marketing and Development Corporation (NAMDEVCO) to commence operations of its service offerings to the farmers and agri-entrepreneurs of the rural community of Poole Village and the environs.
The Honourable Minister delivered the feature address where he highlighted the importance of the Sub-Office as he stressed on the convenience and ease it is intended to bring to the people of the community.
Also addressing the audience was the Member of Parliament for Mayaro, the Honourable Rushton Paray who indicated that both he and the Minister have been working together to improve the services offered to the constituency of Mayaro. As such, he praised the collaborative initiative of the ADB and NAMDEVCO.
Chairman of the ADB, Mr. Winston Rudder synonymously referred to the Sub-Office as a ‘one-stop’ shop as he invited the other State Agencies under the purview of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries to join in the initiative to support the community of Poole Village and the environs.
Chief Executive Officers, Mr. Sheivan Ramnath (ADB) and Mr. Ganesh Gangapersad (NAMDEVCO) shared the same sentiments, as they delivered their remarks indicating the benefits of the collaboration and the commitment of the agencies to the fruition of this initiative.
Present were representatives of the various Farmers Groups, students and teachers of the schools in the district, as well as the Seafood Industry Development Company (SIDC), Sugarcane Feeds Centre (SFC), the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries – Rio Claro and Poole Village Offices and the Tableland Pineapple Farmers Association who joined ADB and NAMDEVCO in participating in booth displays.