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Trinidad and Tobago is committed to the prosecution of those who have participated in corrupt acts, particularly acts that offend, and were directed at, the public purse.

Country: Trinidad and Tobago

Status: ongoing

Themes: Law enforcement

Last updated: October 2019


Concrete: Concrete | New: Not New | Ambitious: Ambitious

  • 2 Notes:

    1) The Criminal Proceedings Rules became operational in Trinidad and Tobago on April 18, 2017 and allow for active and aggressive case scheduling and management. 2) The Land Adjudication (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the Land Tribunal (Amendment) Bill, the Registration of Titles to Land (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the State Suits Limitation Bill, 2017 - The aim of this land package is the introduction of a new compulsory system of registration of land which will simplify land tenure both in Trinidad and Tobago with the determination of matters before the Land Tribunal advised by lay assessors. These four pieces of legislation would significantly impact on formalizing land title arrangements and allow for proper investigation of land titles when preparing land deeds thereby having a direct correlation to the elimination of fraud in the ownership and transfer of land titles. 3) The Insurance Bill, 2016 provides a new regulatory framework which remains largely outdated by internationally accepted insurance standards and practices. The Bill also addresses the need to regulate privately administered pension fund plans which is critical to ensuring transparency in the insurance industry. 4) The Gambling (Gaming and Betting) Control Bill, 2016 aims to regulate all aspects of gambling in the Trinidad and Tobago and is currently before the Parliament. Persons employed in the sector are highly vulnerable to infiltration by money launderers and terrorist financing and currently exposed to high levels of financial impropriety and possibly human trafficking. The Bill addresses the AML/CFT issues in the gaming industry to comply with the FATF Recommendations 22 & 28 and Immediate Outcomes 3 & 4 for Designated Non-Financial Business and Professions (DNFBPs) (Private Members Clubs and Casinos). The Bill comprehensively establishes a Licensing Regime with stringent criteria for obtaining a license and introduces regulations recognizing that this sector has the potential to contribute meaningfully to the national economy if regulated effectively. 5) The Campaign Finance Bill, 2017 recognizes the critical need for a legislative framework to govern the financing of election campaigns, Trinidad and Tobago hosted a Campaign Finance Forum in May 2016 wherein foreign and domestic experts provided insight into best practice principles and challenges, the development of a legal and political framework for campaign finance and citizen participation in campaign finance. Emanating from this forum is a Campaign Finance reform policy which is currently before the Law Reform Commission of the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs and thereafter campaign finance legislation will be introduced into Parliament. The draft legislation is currently under review by the Honourable Attorney General and before the Legislation Review Committee for consideration. The legislation will become a public document upon a call for comments from stakeholders and/or laying in Parliament for debate either in the Upper or Lower House. 6) The Whistleblower Protection Bill, 2015 promotes a regime to facilitate citizens reporting incidents of corruption and enables the protection of persons making those disclosures from detrimental action. It is an important tool in rooting out corruption in the public and private sectors of Trinidad and Tobago. The Bill was laid in Parliament in 2015 and sent to a Joint Select Committee of Parliament as a result of which a new Bill is being drafted. The Bill will then be taken before the Cabinet and then introduced into Parliament. 7) The Miscellaneous Provisions (Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters. Proceeds of Crime, Financial Intelligence Unit of Trinidad and Tobago, Customs and Excise and Exchange Control) Bill, 2017 This Bill aims to amend five core pieces of legislation and impact on compliance with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations 19, 28, 32, 37 and 40 and effectiveness under Immediate Outcomes 2, 3 and 7. The priority to AML/CFT compliance in this Bill goes hand in hand with our efforts to battle rampant corruption and take the profit out of crime. This Bill addresses technical compliance issues by plugging gaps in our AML/CFT laws. 8) The Miscellaneous Provisions (Illegal Mining) Bill provides for the tighter regulation of the local mining sector together with strengthening of revenue collection systems as the authorities will continue to clamp down on illegal quarrying. This Government remains committed to ensuring all extractive (oil, gas and mining) revenues are more transparent as an important step in improving governance of the sector.

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