October 12, 2014
The National Carnival Development Foundation notes with concern the recent statements of the National Carnival Commission Chairman Ms. Alyson Demas pertaining to the Ebola Virus and the alarmist manner in which it was conveyed. In light of these comments the NCDF has taken the initiative to contact The Minister of The Arts and Multiculturalism, Dr. the Honourable Lincoln Douglas in an effort to sensitize the Honourable Minister as to the concerns and suggestions of the Mas Practitioners.
Carnival is not only important culturally but also serves as an essential economic season for Mas Practitioners. In light of this the NCDF has requested a Meeting to be hosted by the Honourable Minister with all of the relevant stakeholders both from the Government and the wider Carnival/Tourism Sector and for such Meeting to include the Honourable Ministers of Health, National Security and Tourism. Dr. Douglas has indicated this will take place before the end of the week and we have been assured that no decision will be taken before proper Sector wide consultation has taken place.
The NCDF notes that any postponement or cancellation of Carnival 2015 will indeed have a disastrous effect on the Mas Sector and it is imperative that the proper economic and financial mechanisms be put in place to counteract the fallout from any such decision for Mas Practitioners.
The NCDF is committed to finding the best possible outcome not only for the Nation but also for Mas Practitioners.
National Carnival Development Foundation
P.O. Box 5139, St. James
59 Churchill Roosevelt Highway (South)
St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago