Does Size really Matter?

Does Size really Matter?

The anti-corruption discourse in our country usually rationalises the failure or refusal to prosecute any important persons for corrupt acts as being a result of our small size. After all, everyone has a friend who will see for them. Those friends will warn them, lie for them, forget for them or even lose a file or two for them. We have all had these frustrating discussions and wondered if we can ever muster the will or the wits to lock-up the important people who regularly commit acts of grand corruption.

corruptionWhen one considers the global news on this anti-corruption struggle, it is clear that in some substantial way the tide has turned. In a variety of countries, the citizens have become so outraged at the damage that large-scale corruption has done to their societies that the authorities there have now started to take decisive action against this scourge. It all makes me wonder when is the Caribbean going to catch-up with the rest of the world in punishing these destructive acts. Continue reading “Does Size really Matter?”

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VIDEO: Webinar featuring Caribbean Economist Marla Dukharan and leading Trinidadian Transparency Activist Afra Raymond

VIDEO: Webinar featuring Caribbean Economist Marla Dukharan and leading Trinidadian Transparency Activist Afra Raymond

This is the video for the recent webinar in which we discuss the recently-released Corruption Perception Index:

  • The current state of corruption in Trinidad & Tobago
  • From accountability to enforcement: What is missing?
  • Specific steps that need to be taken to improve transparency

Programme Date: 6 March 2018
Programme length: 57:12

WEBINAR – Corruption in T&T: Party Done! But, We Jammin’ Still?

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Caribbean Economist Marla Dukharan and leading Trinidadian Transparency Activist Afra Raymond will discuss the recently-released Corruption Perception Index via an interactive webinar:

  • The current state of corruption in Trinidad & Tobago
  • From accountability to enforcement: What is missing?
  • Specific steps that need to be taken to improve transparency
  • Q&A

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Tuesday, 6 March, 2018 • 11:00 AM AST (10:00 AM EST)

 

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AUDIO: Interview on Sky 99.5 FM on corruption – 12 December 2017

sky995fmThis is my interview on 99.5FM on The Breakfast Roundtable on Sky 99.5 FM on Tuesday 12th December 2017, with Jessie-May Ventour, Dr. Wayne Heywood and Edison Carr to discuss the implementation of the Public Procurement & Disposal of Public Property Act and other topics relating to corruption in T&T being at serious levels now. Audio courtesy Sky 99.5 FM

Programme Date: 12 december 2017
Programme Length: 00:43:44

The Ethics Gap – part four

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My focus has been on grand corruption, the large-scale acts of fraud which endanger the very stability and rationale of our society and its key institutions. No act of grand corruption is possible in isolation. The only way to steal these large amount of money is to have the collaboration of responsible officials and professionals, who either look the other way or actively assist in the looting.

That was the case in Eden Gardens and the other episodes covered thus far. None of these acts of grand corruption would have been possible without the intentional help of professionals such as attorneys, engineers, accountants or even surveyors. Our current private and public sector systems rely on the professional standards and ethics of those professionals to ensure value for money. Continue reading “The Ethics Gap – part four”

VIDEO: Interview on C Television on EMDB corruption – 19 October 2017

C_Logo_color Fade inside out [Converted]All will be revealed…if we keep tugging at the loose threads that tie all the pieces together. This week, I discussed the EMBD matters in my Property Matters—Horses for Courses article. Check out my interview on Good Morning Trinidad and Tobago, in which I go into even further detail about the topic. Video courtesy CNMG.

Programme Date: 19 October 2017
Programme length:  00:13:53

Opening Addresses at Public Corruption and The Oil Curse in Guyana

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I gave both opening addresses at the conference organised by the Caribbean Institute of Forensic Accounting (CIFA), the Guyana Oil & Gas Association and the the African Business Roundtable at the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown. I have also attached the slides for ease of reference.  Continue reading “Opening Addresses at Public Corruption and The Oil Curse in Guyana”