Rennick Toussaint, Registrar of Cooperatives (AG), at Wednesday launching

The Cooperative Division of the Ministry Of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs officially launched its Cooperative Calypso Competition on Wednesday morning.

A winning prize of $7,000 is awaiting the creative person who tops the list of competitors, organizers say.

The competition is carded for October 24.

Rennick Toussaint, Registrar of Cooperatives (AG) said it is intended to educate the public and create awareness on the importance of cooperatives in Dominica.

Calypso was chosen to promote the idea of cooperatives since it is a “powerful tool used in Dominica to bring across a message,” Toussaint said

President of the Dominica Calypso Association Kelly “the ghost” Williams thanked the cooperative division for using calypso as a “vehicle” to carry their message. He encouraged writers and calypsonians to take part in the competition since it is a very good venture and challenges their creativity.

The competition is part of activities to observe International Year of Cooperatives under the theme “Encouraging Entrepreneurship through Cooperatives”.

The second prize winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and the third prize winner will receive $2,000.

The closing date for entries is September 17, 2012.

The launch took place at the LIME Calypso House in Bath Estate