Trinidad and Tobago

  • Photo of CARIFESTA – Caribbean Festival of Arts

    CARIFESTA – Caribbean Festival of Arts

    The Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) is a roving multi-disciplinary art festival which has been held in various CARICOM countries since its establishment in 1972. It is  a regional forum where artists, performers and  other  persons in the  field of  culture meet and  exchange  ideas through presentations  of  music, dance, drama, exhibitions on art, sculpture, poetry and  symposia, among others.…

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    Dr. Slinger Francisco (The Mighty Sparrow)

    “Celebrant, chantwell, warrior, prophet, satirist, and purveyor of joy, delight and elation: raconteur of the folk tales of our daily grass-rooted life.” The OCC Awardee to whom such adultations belong is the Caribbean’s most celebrated and renowned entertainer, social commentator and ambassador extraordinaire, Dr. Slinger Francisco, whom the world knows as “The Mighty Sparrow”. His cross-national Caribbean identity is born…

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    Dr. William Gilbert Demas

    The late Dr. William Gilbert Demas, son of Trinidad and Tobago, and former Secretary-General of CARICOM, was among those honoured in the first conferment of the OCC at the 13th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM in 1992. Dr. Demas’ career spawned tenures as Secretary-General of CARICOM and President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Chancellor of…

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    Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson

    H.E. Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson (ANR) former Prime Minister and President of Trinidad and Tobago is among the select group of outstanding Caribbean leaders to carry with pride the title of OCC, which was conferred on him in 1998. He is revered as one of Trinidad’s outstanding political leaders whose vision and dream was for the political emancipation of his…

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    Hon Kamaluddin Mohammed

    Kamaluddin Mohammed, former Trinidad and Tobago cabinet minister and ambassador to CARICOM, is this year’s recipient of the region’s highest award, the Order of the Caribbean Community (OCC).The Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, at its 33rd Regular Meeting in Saint Lucia, conferred this honour for the decisive role Mohammed played in the’ Replanting of the Caribbean…

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    Lloyd Algernon Best

    Lloyd Algernon Best, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most acclaimed intellectuals, is the recipient of the OCC, conferred in 2002. Described as “economist, politician, publicist, political commentator, philosopher and ‘doctor of doctor politics'”, Lloyd Best developed an intimate relationship with the University of the West Indies, beginning his illustrious multifaceted career as a Junior Research Fellow in 1958 at the…

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    Ms. Nesta Patrick

    It was most likely that Nesta Patrick, first recipient of the CARICOM Triennial Award for Women, accepted the Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) conferred on her by the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine in 2001 with characteristic humility and pride. This marked another milestone in the accomplished life of Ms. Patrick, acclaimed women’s rights activist, social worker…

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    Professor Rhoda Reddock

    Professor Rhoda Reddock, national of Trinidad and Tobago and esteemed scholar of the Caribbean Community, is the seventh outstanding woman from the Caribbean Community to receive the CARICOM Triennial Award for Women. Attaining a Doctorate in Applied Sociology in 1984 at the University of Amsterdam, she served as a Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer at the Institute of Social Studies…

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    Sir Edwin Carrington

    As the 20th century came to a close, the Caribbean Community continued to be confronted with major challenges and urgent tasks. The changes in the international political and economic system became pronounced after the collapse of the Soviet system in 1989. The world was then configured as unipolar and characterised by a new phase of globalisation. This new phase of…

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  • Photo of Vidiadhar Surajpra-sad Naipaul

    Vidiadhar Surajpra-sad Naipaul

    Vidiadhar Surajpra-sad Naipaul was born in1932 in Chaguanas, Trinidad, close to Port of Spain, in a family descended from immigrants from the north of India. His grandfather worked in a sugar cane plantation and his father was a journalist and writer. At the age of 18 Naipaul travelled to England where, after studying at University College at Oxford, be was…

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