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Five miles of potential
This column sets out a proposition which, if successfully pursued, could result in Tourism Minister Stephen Cadiz becoming the most successful minister in the PP government.
He would have achieved what generations of Caribbean economists have contemplated: to transform the economic model by adopting an approach which would fully utilise the human and physical resources of the region, in the process allowing for ordinary people to become entrepreneurs, create quality jobs, be internally driven and not require heaps of foreign direct investment (FDI) and centre on human development.
Not for the first time, I sat recently on the beach at Mayaro and with family and friends pondered on the tourism possibilities of what is said to be five miles of pristine beach and environment.
The beach, which fronts the towns, villages and communities of Manzanilla, Ortoire, Mayaro, Guayaguayare and adjoins the urban centres of Rio Claro in the west and the bustling Sangre Grande to the far east, could become the pivot of a new model of economic and social development that could transform especially the rural parts of the country.
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