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Pun K.F., Ellis R.,

Abstract: Throughout its history, the Industrial Engineering (IE) programme at the University of the West Indies (UWI) has produced graduates who are absorbed into the manufacturing sectors of the Caribbean. It would be remiss of the UWI if the tools and techniques taught to Industrial Engineers were not employed to impact on problems outside of manufacturing, such as in the public services, environmental planning and in employment creation. This paper looks at the problems which will affect the Caribbean region in the future, and proposes three (3) IE streams to complement the existing programme which can produce graduates to minimise and eventually solve those problems. The proposed streams are in the areas of information management, public sector management and entrepreneurship.

Evaluation of a Development Plan for the Trinidad and Tobago Fashion Industry

Benjamin C., Pun K.F.

Abstract: A government may choose to approach industrial development through providing the environment for general business inception and growth or by selecting specific industries for special attention. In the case of the T&T Fashion Industry, the government selected the latter approach, singling out the industry as one of several creative industries earmarked for development assistance under the auspices of the state’s implementing agency, the Creative Industry Company Limited (CreativeTT). This paper is based on the supposition that policies developed for industry development would yield greater results if they were based on inputs from industry participants. For the TT Fashion Industry, it presents the evaluation of a proposed Fashion Industry Development Plan (FIDP) by six (6) entities including all three (3) major Fashion Industry Business Membership Organisations (FIBMOs), two (2) local industry experts and one (1) international consultant to the fashion industry. The FIDP was developed during an empirical study consisting of an expert opinion study and two Q-Studies from the same concourse

Managing Wastewater Discharge of Dairy Processing Plants in Compliance with the Environmental Regulations: A Case Study in Guyana

Pun K.F., Narain N.D.

Abstract: This paper presents a case study that assessed the status of effluent/wastewater discharged by three dairy processing plants, with the aim to provide a monitoring guide and an effluent/wastewater treatment system (ETS) for these plants in Guyana. Samples of effluent/wastewater discharge were collected and analysed with respect to the pollutants parameters stipulated in the GYS 207: 2002 Standard. It was found that the Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) yielded the highest results in the Ice-cream plant, followed by the Yogurt and then the Edible fats. The COD was 100% above the maximum allowable limit for the range of samples tested. Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) for the Edible fats plant was below the target value of 75% while Ice Cream was above the maximum allowable limit of 50% and yogurt ≥58% of the test conducted. The estimated amount of wastewater per production cycle was estimated to be 5.7 m 3. COD, BOD, Oil and Grease (O&G) were found as the parameters of significant importance. This study provides information on the level of pollutants and what needs to be done to bring these plants in compliance with the environmental Regulation of 2000. By consolidating the findings from desk research with empirical data acquisition, an ETS with accompanied implementation guide was proposed for use at the dairy processing plants. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and guideline were derived to monitor the ETS practices. An evaluation agenda was also proposed to assess the efficacy of the ETS and guide. Future research could validate the key ETS elements identified for diary/food processing plants and examine their ETS processes not only in Guyana, but also in the wider Caribbean and global contexts..