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.

Day 1 – 6 July 2017

Public Procurement & the Disposal of Public Property – comparison between the Guyanese and T&T laws

  • PowerPoint Slides here:

Day 2 – 7 July 2017

The Integrity Matrix – a comparison of Anti-Corruption approaches

Correction at 28:56 to 29:30 – TSTT is 51% owned by National Enterprises Ltd – which is 18% owned by individual shareholders and 82% owned by the State – and 49% owned by Cable & Wireless which is now owned by Liberty Communications.

  • PowerPoint Slides here:
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AUDIO: “On Point” on Boom Champions 94.1 FM talking about corruption

94logoI did an excellent radio show with some vibrant young colleagues from TTTI on the morning of Sunday, 13 November 2016 on Boom Champions 94.1FM.  The topic of discusson was “Sweet T&T or corrupt nation?: Revealing the truths on a corrupt state of affairs. Audio courtesy Boom Champions 94.1 FM

  • Programme Date: 13 November 2016
  • Programme Length: 01:30.50

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Property Matters – Invaders’ Bay Reboot

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Once again, controversial development proposals for Invaders’ Bay are back in the news. Those proposals of the Peoples Partnership government appeared to have stalled after the successful legal action taken by the JCC in 2012, but we are now hearing of substantial proposals from the PNM government. Some serious questions have to be answered so that the public can understand the situation.

Invaders’ Bay is a 70-acre parcel of State-owned reclaimed land south of the Movietowne/Pricesmart/Marriott complex near to the National Stadium in west POS. In August 2011, the Ministry of Planning and the Economy published a Request for Proposals (RFP) inviting offers to develop those lands by design, finance and construct proposals.

The entire RFP process was deeply flawed and strongly criticized by the JCC, the T&T Chamber of Commerce, the T&T Manufacturers’ Association and the T&T Transparency Institute, as well as the PNM, then in opposition. To make just one example, the RFP entries were judged in accordance with Assessment Criteria which were published a full month after the closing date. At the time, I labelled the entire scheme as possessing all the ingredients for corruption – see http://www.jcc.org.tt/invadersbay.htm – but most importantly, the RFP was issued in breach of the Central Tenders Board Act.
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Private State?

In Privacy Pros and Cons, I considered the Parliamentary debate around the recent SSA Amendment Bill. Most of that debate seemed to be concerned with the limits on the rights of citizens to privacy, but my concern was that there was precious little comfort being offered in terms of the secret conduct of our public affairs.

If we are to evolve to developed nation status it is essential that the State seriously reform its culture of obscurity and secrecy, that is the contention I am advancing here. Continue reading “Private State?”