E-IDCOT and UWI Engineering collaborate on new initiative


As part of the Eco-Industrial Development Company of Tobago (E-IDCOT) Ltd.’s mission to facilitate the growth and competitiveness of local enterprises in Tobago through the development, promotion and management of eco-industrial parks within the island, the company is working with the Engineering Institute of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine towards the identification and commercialisation of sustainable research projects.       

E-IDCOT’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Earle Baccus recently met with Professor Jacob Opadeyi of the Engineering Institute where it was agreed that preliminary work on the selection of at least twenty viable research projects would commence and be brought before E-IDCOT for consideration.

Such an initiative will auger well for the mandates of both institutions as they continue to work collectively towards the growth and expansion of an innovative and enterprising business class in Trinidad and Tobago. Emphasis will however be placed on identifying materials that are indigenous to Tobago or where the materials can be sourced in Tobago for the production of unique, high-value added, gourmet-type products. This is in keeping with the Tobago House of Assembly’s diversification initiatives to which E-IDCOT is a major instrument.

The source material for the commercialization exercise will span an extensive body of research work undertaken by the UWI’s Department of Chemical Engineering, Food Technology Division. Commercially viable projects that are suited to the eco-friendly nature of the Cove Eco-Industrial and Business Park will then be promoted for investment to already established enterprises and potential entrepreneurs by E-IDCOT.