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Growth Pole Development

Establishing a Development Authority in the 4Cs Region

Prepared by Nicole Siew for the Economic Development Board.


  • The need exists to recommend that an authority be established in the 4Cs Growth Pole Region charged with the responsibility of developing and coordinating development plans for the region.

  • Previous recommendations sent to the minister suggested that this agencies institutional and legislative framework be similar to that of The East Port of Spain Development Company.


  • Dr. Driver has suggested that Community Improvement Services Limited (CISL) be the shell for the 4Cs agency.

  • This presentation presents 3 possible methods for using this agency.

  • The EDB should select the option it deems most relevant to be developed and submitted to Minister for deliberation.

  • One should note that the research team advises that option one would be the most time efficient option.

CISL: Background

  • Established as a Special Purpose State Enterprise to deliver improved infrastructural works in various communities on May 2nd 2002.

    • The EPOSDc is a Special Purpose Company

    • CISL can operate in any community throughout Trinidad and Tobago

  • As a special purpose state company it is owned by the government of Trinidad and Tobago.

CISL: Background

  • Located at #16 Factory Road, Building No.3, Brechin Castle, Couva.

  • CISL currently operates in 5 municipal regions:

    • Port of Spain region

    • Diego Martin region

    • San Juan Laventille Region

    • Tunapuna Piarco Region

    • Arima Region

CISL: Background

  • Note, although they are located in central they currently do not execute any operations in Central Trinidad.

  • Corporate Structure:

    • Shareholder: The Government of T&T

    • Ministry of Finance

    • Ministry of Local Government

    • Board of Directors

    • Office of the Chief Executive Officer

    • Departments and Units

      • Finance

      • Human Resource

      • Project Management

      • Community Relations

CISL: Background

  • CISL projects fall under the following categories:

    • Infrastructure; Civil and Structural

      • Drainage

      • Lights

      • Water

      • Road rehabilitation

      • Buildings construction

    • Institutional

      • Market Complex

      • Community Facilities

CISL: Background

  • Tourism

    • Eco sites and attractions

  • Recreation

    • Parks

    • Public spaces

  • Sports

    • Courts

    • Pavilions

    • Recreation grounds

  • Environmental

    • Landscaping and design


Option 1: CISL as the executing agency

  • This would require:

    • Legislative and institutional reform

      • New mandate (relatively simple to execute)

      • Legal scope/authority to execute its role and function

      • redeveloped organizational structure; new divisions and posts capable of planning and executing a holistic development plan similar to that of the EPOSDc

        • Consider the relevance of the current BOD

    • Increased funding for internal operations and execution of development plans

    • Determine the funding source

    • Some projects can be implemented before proposed changes are enacted

Organizational Structure EPOSDc

Corporate Structure: Option 2

Condensed Organizational Structure

Corporate Structure: Option 2

Expanded Organizational Structure


Option 2: CISL as a Strategic Partner

  • CISL would be one of the agencies that the 4Cs development company would be required to coordinate to ensure that it conforms to its development objectives

  • The creation of a new agency

    • Requires cabinet approval

    • This process would be lengthy

    • Cannot implement any projects until the structure is approved

The Interactions of the 4Cs Development Agency

The diagram depicts how CISL and the development agency would interact


Option 3: Consolidated as a division

  • CISL can be consolidated as a division within the 4Cs development agency charged with a specific task of executing development plans that require construction and regeneration.

  • The draw backs of creating a new agency are still evident here

Proposed Mandate

  • Responsible for planning and economic development agenda of the Central Growth Pole Region

  • Plans, coordinates and manages the activities and tools of the agency in support of the Economic Growth and Development of the Central Growth Pole

  • Oversees the Growth Pole review process for large scale development projects in the Central Growth Pole Region

Proposed Mandate

  • Manages housing production strategies and the planning and development functions associated with educational and medical institutions within the Central Growth Pole region

  • Develops and coordinates the strategies and initiatives to expand and enhance the Central Growth Poles industrial and economic base

Financial Structure

  • Funded through the spatial development fund?

The Role of the EDB

  • Monitoring the start up process

  • Provide recommendations on key skills needed within the organizational structure

  • Ensure that issues experienced by the EPOSDc are not repeated

  • Monitor and evaluate the work of the agency

  • Ensure that it functions to its full capacity

  • Provide support where needed

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