The competency gap between the private and public sectors is widening to a point where the ineptitude of the public sector is overwhelming. Carnival is one area where the inefficiencies were glaring. At the private sector carnival fetes for example, the stages for the artists are well lit with digital lighting and modern electronic backdrop while at the Dimanche Gras the wooden stage looked like a relic from the sixties.
The Panorama competition is another area where the inefficiencies were blatant. The bands continued to take a long time to get on and off the stage, the sound system was poor and the production did very little to complement the high quality of performances by the participants.
The carnival package is crying out for efficient management. There is an immediate need for the following:
• Portable toilets at strategic positions along the parade route.
• Modern rotating stages for panorama and calypso to facilitate one band performing while the other is either setting up with state of the art lighting and sound management.
• Improved facilities for patrons. All-inclusive packages can be made available for sectors of the viewing area.
• Live media coverage with competent commentary.
Carnival is only one area where the funds raised can be increased exponentially. Before one considers marketing the carnival celebration the package must be greatly improved. Planning must start immediately. It’s time to part ways with the old way of managing our carnival and bring on board our young people with the ability and vision to make our carnival the greatest show on earth.
God bless our nation.