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A Modern Public Procurement Law For Trinidad And Tobago A Necessity For Good Governance

This article highlights features of the submission of the Private Sector/Civil Society Group to Government for a modern procurement law as specified in the Draft Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Bill available at www.jcc.org.tt/procurement. The impact of the proposed law will – systemically bring all agencies spending public money under a single, overarching legal and regulatory framework that effectively covers all stages of the procurement process; provide effective mechanisms for oversight and control; require appropriate transparency of the value and impact of transactions involving public money; ensure, as far as possible, integrity in the public procurement system; meet international anti-corruption standards consistent with our...

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1. The Exchange Control Act Chap. 79:50 regulates all foreign currency transactions in Trinidad and Tobago and is designed to prevent the escape of currency and preserve the Country’s foreign exchange reserve. Prior to April 12, 1993 there existed under the Exchange Control Act and Regulations made thereunder a range of controls and restrictions in respect of dealings in gold, local and foreign currencies, securities and payments to non-residents designed strictly to control any leakage of foreign exchange. To be lawful any such dealings required the prior approval of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago. 2. With the passage of...

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Commercial Law Memorandum On Foreign Investment

1. The former restrictive provisions of the Aliens (Landholding) Act have been repealed and replaced by a new Foreign Investment Act, No. 16 of 1990 designed to encourage investment by foreign investors. 2. A foreign investor is defined by the Act to mean:- (a) An individual who is neither a citizen of "a Caricom member country" nor a resident of Trinidad and Tobago; (b) Any firm, partnership or unincorporated body of persons of whom at least one half of its members consist of persons to whom (a) or (c) applies; or (c) Any company that is not incorporated in a Caricom member country, or...

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Prepared by The Parliament Secretariat The Red House, Port-of-Spain What are laws? All organizations need rules to function. Society, as the most complex of organizations, needs a large variety of rules to govern relations with and between its members. Because society is constantly changing, these rules need regular updating, and new rules need to be made to meet new circumstances. There are two sorts of rules which regulate the activities of society. There are customs and conventions, and there are laws. There are two types of law - common law and statute law. Common law is made by the decisions of judges in particular...

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Domestic Violence Q. What is Domestic Violence? A. Includes any form of abuse whether it be mental, verbal, physical, sexual, financial, emotional or psychological, committed by a person against a spouse, child, and any other person who is a member of the household or dependant. Q. What is a Protection/Restraining Order? A. A Protection or Restraining Order is a court document which restrains a person from engaging in abusive behaviour of any type. Q. Where do you go to apply for a restraining Order? A. To the Clerk of the Peace of the District Magistrate Court in which you live. Q. Who can apply for a protection...

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  https://youtu.be/ECgmDzyho5o Attorney  at Law Martin George  speaks about appointing a new Police Commissioner.  Mr. George says that there  are guidelines to which the Police Service Commission Operates in order to appoint a Police Commissioner.  It is the most difficult task to appoint a police commissioner than any other person in the country. The Legislation sets  down a process in order to appoint a commissioner.  Mr. George also indicated that whoever sits in the position of Police Commissioner or acts must get the job done and not give any excuses as to why the job can't be done. The Police Service Commission(PSC) has...

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Breach of Marriage Promise A common-law right of action for breaking a commitment to enter into matrimony. The right of action for breach of a marriage promise has been abolished in a majority of states. Agreement to Marry An agreement to marry is different from all other contractual relations. The reason for this is that both its object and the relationship created between the parties are completelydifferent from those of any other contract. In order to recover for breach of promise, the plaintiff must establish that the two parties had a valid existing contract to marry. This can beaccomplished by a showing that both...

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Alimony Payment that a family court may order one person in a couple to make to the other person when that couple separates or divorces. The purpose of alimony is to avoid any unfair economic consequences of a Divorce, even after property is divided and Child Support, if any, is awarded. Courts set few specificguidelines to attaining this broad goal: instead of telling judges how and when to award alimony, most courts simply grant them broad discretion to decide what is fair in eachcase.For example, suppose two individuals who married in 1985 agree in 1995 to divorce. At the time of the...

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  Concerns have been raised regarding the procedures and processes employed by the National Energy Corporation (NEC) regarding tender for the provision of general maintenance services at Savonetta Piers Three and Four. And a call has been made to Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine to immediately launch a probe into the tendering process. Attorney Martin George has sent a seven-page letter to Ramnarine pointing out that NEC, as a state-owned corporation, had “certain duties and responsibilities when it came to dealing with what was essentially taxpayers’ money.” A copy of the letter was also sent to Attorney General Anand Ramlogan. George is acting on behalf of...

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  Our indomitable and irrepressible Mayor of Port-of-Spain has once again managed to find himself in a starring role, landing in the centre of controversy and bacchanal with his attempts to deal with illegal parking. This time, he has managed to incur the wrath and ire of a wide cross-section of the population from Government Ministers down to the ‘man (illegally parked) in the street’, as the nation looks on at this local soap opera called “Wrecks and the City”. Now, you just have got to love Louis for his hands-on pitbull in a China shop, take-no-prisoners approach to cleaning up the city...

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