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Trinidad and Tobago started its road to development with the sugar industry. Toiling the cane fields was a way of life for thousands of people and when the industry came to a close in 2003, it was no surprise that many recognized the need to preserve its memory. With this in mind there became a driving force behind the Sugar Heritage Village to propel the project’s steady progression until the end result is accomplished.

The need to preserve our sugar heritage was a challenge first taken up by The Academy for Arts, Letters, Culture and Public Affairs at the University of Trinidad and Tobago in 2008. Since that time however, several groups have come together to lend support to the project. These groups include Trinidad and Tobago’s Government, local organizations, and a cabinet-appointed steering committee comprised of government officials, project managers and people who used to be involved in the sugar industry. In particular, thus far the following groups have actively thrust their efforts behind the Sugar Heritage Village project to ensure its steady progression:

  • Ministry of Tourism and Culture
  • Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism
  • Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs
  • University of Trinidad & Tobago
  • Sport Company of Trinidad & Tobago
  • Caroni (1975) Limited
  • University of the West Indies
  • European Union Mission
  • National Gas Company of Trinidad & Tobago
  • Cabinet-appointed Steering Committee

In May 2011 the Prime Minister formally launched the Sugar Heritage Village project. Following the launch development continues with a dedicated project management team, guided by a focused steering committee and effectively governed by the Ministry of Tourism. The Sugar Heritage Village project is indeed blessed with a strong and efficient driving force to guide it to successful completion.