Vaughn Walter will once again lead a much unchanged Carnival Development Committee (CDC), the main planning body for the island’s premier summer festival.
Minister of Culture Eleston “Namba” Adams yesterday revealed the members of the committee yesterday with only two new persons named among the six voting members.
Adams called a press conference to announce the committee members last week but was unable to do so after members of Cabinet decided they needed more time to review the candidates.
The appointment of the committee has been dogged by constant delays since the former committee ended its term in September 2010 but Adams is confident the CDC will be able to function efficiently under the reduced timetable.
“The task ahead is great, however I am confident that once again we will produce a successful carnival celebration,” Adams said.
“As minister with responsibility for Carnival, I will meet tomorrow with the new CDC and chairpersons of sub-committees along with personnel from the National Festivals Office to commence preparations in earnest.
“I am fully confident that if we all work together that we can truly make Antigua’s Carnival, in general, the greatest summer festival,” Adams added.
The CDC’s term will run for one year but Cabinet has retained the right to provide a further one-year extension.
The voting members of the CDC are: Vaughn Walter chairman; Wanda Clarke, deputy chairman; Richard Apparicio, financial controller and business manager; Clarence Crump, Maurice Merchant and Vinema Jarvis. Clarke and Jarvis are the only two new members to make the committee.
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