The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts says the Port of Spain City Corporation and the National Carnival Commission today found mutual accord on the issue surrounding the payment of prize monies amounting to $378,000 for the 2020 Downtown Carnival Competition following cordial discussions held at the Ministry.
Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, Randall Mitchell, invited the parties to a meeting at the Ministry’s offices on the issue of the non-payment of prize monies.
In a media release this afternoon, the Ministry said the parties agreed to resolve the matter wherein the NCC will undertake to pay sixty percent of the prize monies due and owing with the balance to be paid by the POS City Corporation.
The Ministry says the NCC and the POS City Corporation have also agreed to collaborate on an exercise to clearly identify and demarcate areas of responsibility and control that involve items of revenue and expenditure that relate to the Carnival festivities such as advertising, financing, information sharing etc.
The Ministry says it is anticipated the outcome of this exercise will result the development of a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding between the parties which will serve as a blueprint for arrangements between the NCC and other municipalities and Carnival bodies during Carnival celebrations.
The Ministry says this Memorandum of Understanding should once and for all circumvent any future similar issues or misunderstandings and also fully consider matters that pertain to Carnival’s unexplored potential.