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Political Leader’s Overview                                                                      Table of Contents
              T   his General Election comes at a
                  defining moment in our Nation’s
              history. The oil and gas boom of the
                                                        communities throughout Trinidad
                                                        and Tobago so that everyone can
                                                        make a contribution to our nation’s
                                                                                                 Framework for Sustainable Development         4    2010 Candidates                              36

                                                                                                 Seven (7) Interconnected Pillars                   Action for a Thriving Economy and
              last decade has fizzled out and the       success with everyone benefitting
                                                                                                 for Sustainable Development                   6    a Sustainable Future                         54
              hard work of building a sustainable       from it.
              economy stands before us.                                                                                                             Managing Our Energy Assets                   55
                                                        The task will not be easy. We are        The First 120 Days                            10   Trade and Industry                           56
              The past few years of PNM                 now faced with a troubled global                                                            Tourism Development                          58
              leadership have resulted in a             economy, with its negative impact        Good Governance through effective                  Food Production and Food Security            59
              deterioration in almost every area        on ordinary people everywhere, and
                                                                                                 representation, participation, transparency        Infrastructure                               61
              of our society, from inadequate           our Caribbean neighbours, a market
              infrastructure to high levels of crime,   for goods and services exported          and accountability                            14   Information & Communication Technology       62
              poor social services and the lack of      from Trinidad and Tobago, are            Participatory Democracy                       15   Tobago Side By Side                          63
              meaningful job creation.                  facing serious economic problems.                                                           Foreign Policy and Foreign Relations         64
                                                        Nevertheless, we are confident           Economic Transformation                       20
              The political crisis arising from the     that our people have the will and        Initiatives to Transform Our Economy          21   What Difference Will a Manifesto Make?       66
              UDeCOTT scandal has undermined            capacity, as we have demonstrated
              the relationship between the              in the past to overcome these
              government and our people. This           challenges.                              Crime Reduction and Human Security            24   The People’s Partnership – Government of
              crisis, more than anything else, has                                               Attacking Crime, Nurturing Humanity           25   the People, for the People, by the People    68
              brought the PNM Government to its         I am confident in our ability to build                                                      Declaration of Principles                    69
              knees.                                    a new society, to establish a strong     Human Development, Inclusivity, Diversity,         Declaration of Values                        70
                                                        economy and to nurture engaged
                                                                                                 Wellness & Competitiveness                    28   The People’s Partnership                     71
              The task facing our new government        communities – and I encourage you
              now will be to stabilise the economy,     to join with me in realising this new    Education and Human Development               29
              rebuild our society and restore trust     vision to fashion and construct a        Taking Health Care to the People              38
              in the government. My immediate           more secure and sustainable future       Social Development                            41
              goal will be to introduce greater         for Trinidad and Tobago.                 Gender Equity and Gender Mainstreaming        43
              transparency and accountability in                                                 National Youth Involvement                    45
              government and to ensure that our
                                                                                                 Embracing the Arts                            46
              oil and gas wealth is truly used for
              the development of our nation and                                                  Sports and Recreation for Leisure
              our people.                                                                        and Competition                               48
                                                                                                 Workers at the Centre                         50
              This manifesto summarises the plans                                                Managing Our Environment                      52
              and initiatives which we intend
              to pursue after May 24, 2010. The
              key part of our programme will be         Kamla Persad-Bissessar
              mobilisation and engagement of

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                       FRAMEWORK FOR
                       Initiatives for a Secure, Prosperous and
                       Sustainable Nation

                       W       e are guided by the principle that the highest
                               mission of society is the development of
                       its citizens. Accordingly the commitment of our
                       government is to promote a process of people-centred

                       To achieve our mission, we have built our policy
                       on seven (7) Development Pillars, which are
                       interconnected and which constitute the cornerstones
                       of our strategy for sustainable development of Trinidad
                       and Tobago.

                       Our government will embrace the richness and
                       beauty of our people’s great diversity to nurture a
                       more humane and cohesive society. Unity in Diversity
                       will inspire the harmony which is so vital to national
                       progress. Our commitment to the sustainable
                       development of Trinidad and Tobago is informed by
                       our commitment to our Declaration of Principles and
                       our Declaration of Values.

                       We understand sustainable development to mean
                       that we leverage our resources and apply our effort in
                       such a way that we produce more than we consume,
                       that our development strategy will take fundamental
                       principles of environmental sustainability into account
                       and that as we accelerate the pace of development
                       in the society we will also secure the best interest of
                       future generations.

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                                              SEVEN                                                        PILLAR 3: National and Personal Security
                                                                                                           – Human Security for Peace and Prosperity
                                              PILLARS                                                      T   his is a critical area for our country and has been
                                                                                                               for some time. Trinidad and Tobago will not be
                                                                                                           able to design a desirable future unless law and order,
                                              FOR SUSTAINABLE                                              and security of the person and of property can be
                                              DEVELOPMENT                                                  addressed in a context in which all citizens can feel that
                                                                                                           justice can and will be done.

                                              PILLAR 1: People-Centred Development                         We will seek to transform the society to create a just
           SEVEN INTERCONNECTED               – We Need Everyone and All Can Contribute                    and fair environment. We recognise that lawlessness
           INITIATIVES FOR                                                                                 and disorder contribute to the atmosphere in which
           DEVELOPMENT                        In a country of 1.3 million people, the optimum
                                               contribution of each and every citizen is crucial. In a
                                              knowledge-driven economy, a strong basic education
                                                                                                           criminal activity thrives and we will address this
                                                                                                           challenge head on. But we will also focus on addressing
                                                                                                           social issues which nurture an environment where
                                              system and significant participation in tertiary             crime tends to flourish. We will rethink the prison
           SECTION OPENER                     education make a decisive difference. Accordingly,           system, reorganise the justice system and make
                                              we commit to making human development a central              interventions of a proactive and preventative nature.
                                              thrust through the education system and through the          At the centre of our focus will be human security and
                                              creation of other infrastructure to support lifelong         the establishment of a regime of peace, security and
                                              learning, skills building, institutional strengthening and   prosperity on a sustainable basis for our nation.
                                              the building of a competitive economy.
                                                                                                           PILLAR 4: Information and Communication
                                              PILLAR 2: Poverty Eradication and                            Technologies – Connecting T&T and Building
                                              Social Justice – Preference for Poor and                     the New Economy

                                              T   he number of people who continue to live under
                                                  the poverty line is about 20%. For an energy-rich
                                                                                                           Information and communication technologies (ICT)
                                                                                                            and the systems that they can create are fundamental
                                                                                                           to the development of every modern, progressive
                                              nation, this is totally unacceptable. Social Justice         society.
                                              demands that abject poverty be reduced and
                                              ultimately eradicated. All our citizens are entitled to      The ICT backbone, linked to the competencies of a well
                                              a sustainable livelihood and the gap between the             educated population, provide the required support
                                              haves and the have-nots must be closed. The issues           for effective communication, information sharing and
                                              of poverty eradication, closing the divide between           knowledge management. We will expand the country’s
                                              the rich and the poor and providing a safety network         internet connection capabilities so that every citizen
                                              for the poor and vulnerable, are fundamental to the          will be able to have access and conduct business for a
                                              strategy of development that we embrace.                     wide range of governmental services. IT-based learning

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will be infused in education at primary and secondary        governance. These are:                                      consists of a number of other small island states that   between bilateral and multilateral initiatives. The entire
levels to support and complement other forms of              • strengthening existing institutions                       share a common history, as well as aspirations for       thrust of our international relations strategy will be
teaching, learning and basic research.                       • enhancing democracy                                       progress and achievement. We are one of 84 countries     to achieve the national goals and objectives that we
                                                             • strengthening execution and delivery capacity.            in the world with population size of under three (3)     set for ourselves and to work with others, wherever
PILLAR 5: A More Diversified, Knowledge                                                                                  million and it is imperative that we structure our       and whenever mutual interests and objectives meet,
Intensive Economy – Building on the Native                   We will enhance democracy by strengthening existing         foreign policy to support and advance our objectives     to advance common cause. We see the international
                                                             institutions and by establishing new institutions or        for sustainable national development, progress,          arena and the world system as a space of opportunity
Genius of Our People
                                                             appropriate infrastructure to support accountability,       peace and security for our 1.3 million people. From a    to build partnerships, to leverage resources and to
                                                             transparency, consultation, participation and               foreign policy perspective, we will work in concentric   influence the direction of decision-making regionally,
I n a world in which innovation is the decisive
  competitive advantage, human initiative and creative
capacity represent an enormous asset. Institutional
                                                             consensus-building and more meaningful
                                                             representation. We will emphasise restructuring of
                                                                                                                         circles, beginning with CARICOM, in an increasingly
                                                                                                                         connected and interdependent world, to secure
                                                                                                                                                                                  across the hemisphere and globally. We appreciate fully
                                                                                                                                                                                  the need to harness talent, knowledge and experience
                                                             government delivery systems to make government              space and opportunity in the world for our country       and to build competence to achieve foreign policy
frameworks need to be established to make human
                                                             more responsive to the needs of the people.                 and our region. We will strike an appropriate balance    goals.
capacity building possible on a sustainable basis. In this
context, we will create a society in which creativity and
                                                             We recognise that the people are sovereign and that
creation are encouraged and rewarded. We will thus
                                                             the government is the servant of the people. We
encourage and develop strong linkages among our
                                                             will support the separation of powers among key
creative sectors, technological sectors, design sectors
                                                             institutions in the society such as Parliament, the
and our education and academic sectors. The energy
                                                             Executive and the Judiciary and we will strengthen
economy, while vital to our sustenance now, cannot be
                                                             the autonomy of institutions, which have been
viewed as the basis of our sustainability. Already the
                                                             systematically undermined over time, to support
services sector contributes more to employment than
                                                             a functioning democratic governance system. We
any other sector and significantly to Gross Domestic
                                                             will promote a climate of national dialogue within
Product (GDP). Therefore, it is vital that we provide
                                                             a framework of civility and consensus-building. We
critical support to this sector, infusing elements of the
                                                             will initiate a process of consultation to rewrite the
creative economy in all other sectors while seeking
                                                             Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
opportunities for the establishment of niche, skills-
                                                             The objective of constitution reform will be to establish
intensive manufacturing in order to ensure that our
                                                             a framework for good, responsive governance and
economy is resilient and that there are long-term
                                                             to nurture and build a participatory culture and to
economic opportunities for our people – opportunities
                                                             strengthen democracy. This will move us away from the
which will lead to higher standards of living and a
                                                             culture of maximum leadership and develop a politics
better quality of life for all.
                                                             of inclusion, rather than the present system of winner
                                                             takes all.
PILLAR 6: Good Governance
– People Participation                                       PILLAR 7: Foreign Policy
                                                             – Securing Our Place in the World
T   he focus in this area will be on three (3)
    key elements for the purpose of ensuring
transparency, accountability, participation and
effective representation as essential principles of good
                                                             T  rinidad and Tobago is a small state, an archipelagic
                                                                island-state. We are part of CARICOM, which

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                        120 DAYS OF                                                    all leaks in WASA’s pipelines, and establish an
                                                                                       emergency response unit for monitoring system
                        IMMEDIATE ACTION                                               dysfunction, unplanned disruptions and crisis
                        1.   Every child going on to secondary school from the
                             SEA will be provided with a laptop to begin their    6.   We will coordinate integrated action on water
                             secondary school education.                               resources management, drainage, irrigation,
                                                                                       flooding, water capture, conservation, sustainable
                        2.   We will begin addressing the issue of securing and        food production and food security through
                             expanding GATE.                                           synergistic deployment of human resources and
                                                                                       equipment under state control in collaboration
                        3.   We will rescind the property tax.                         with private contractors.

                        4.   We will establish a working committee to review      7.   In partnership with CBOs and NGOs our
                             all programmes targeted at poverty alleviation and        government will release appropriate resources
                             social support to make recommendations to:                from the Green Fund to reforest areas that were
                             a. Strengthen synergy, reach and impact                   burnt during the past dry season.
                                  through rationalisation and integration         8.   We will simultaneously begin the rehabilitation
                             b. Help households to step up to prosperity and           and paving of existing access roads and
                                  to reduce the number of people classified as         construction of new ones.
                                  poor by 2% each year.
                                                                                  9.   We will begin the process of establishing a Ministry
                        5.   We will begin an aggressive programme to fix              of the People.

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                                                               on these – whether it is 50 more beds in a
10. We will begin a review process for the minimum             hospital, a vital piece of much-needed equipment
    wage.                                                      or improving the effectiveness of delivery of
                                                               emergency patient care.
11. We will prepare an immediate action plan for
    containing criminal activities and reducing the        19. We will establish a LIFE fund for life-saving
    number of murders – this first phase will be from          surgery for children ($100m). This fund will be
    June 2010 to December 2010.                                administered by an independent board in a fair,
                                                               equitable, transparent and accountable manner.
12. We will begin to identify and address the
    fundamental challenges to the effective                20. We will begin the introduction of camera
    management of law and order.                               technology at traffic lights and set into motion an
                                                               efficient system of ticketing offenders.
13. We will deploy police on the streets, on the beat
    and in the communities and increase police             21. Each minister will be required to present a
    presence everywhere.                                       one-year action agenda for consideration and
                                                               approval by Cabinet after consultation with senior
14. We will initiate a process to make every                   ministerial staff within thirty (30) working days of
    police station a centre for crime containment              swearing in. Each ministerial action agenda, once
    and reduction, crime fighting, community                   approved, will be included in the next budget.
    policing, statistical information gathering and
    communication linked to the National Operations        22. Each ministry will be required to begin work on
    centre and we will establish five (5) model stations       a five-year strategic plan within the first 60 days
    as the pilot.                                              for completion by February 2011 within the
                                                               framework of our manifesto.
                                                                                                                      26. We will initiate a forensic audit of Petrotrin and       economy and the condition of projects to share
15. We will begin the process of reviewing the laws
                                                                                                                          other state bodies, where there are grounds for          that information with our citizens.
    and institutions, which address white-collar crime     23. We will establish an Economic Development Board
                                                                                                                          suspicion of misconduct similar to what transpired
    with a view to strengthening the laws.                     which will consult with stakeholders and play an
                                                                                                                          in UDeCOTT.                                          30. Within the 120-day period, we will also share with
                                                               advisory role in policy formulation.
                                                                                                                                                                                   our citizens our priorities for action during our first
16. We will strengthen the National Security Council
                                                                                                                      27. We will establish a legislative agenda, aligned to       budgetary period.
    to link intelligence gathering and assessment with     24. We will establish a Civil Society Board, to
                                                                                                                          our one-year action plan to establish the sequence
    strategy and execution in crime fighting.                  strengthen the voice and influence of NGOs and
                                                                                                                          of flow of bills to Parliament in the first year.    31. We will formulate a project plan for completion
                                                               civil society organisations.
                                                                                                                                                                                   of all infrastructural projects currently in train in
17. We will replace the Senior Citizens’ Grant with Old
                                                                                                                      28. We will establish a timetable for constitution           Tobago.
    Age Pension and increase it to $3,000.                 25. We will initiate consultation to develop a coherent
                                                                                                                          reform beginning with consultations.
                                                               export strategy, an industrial policy linked to
                                                                                                                                                                               32. We will establish a Ways and Means Committee to
18. We will look at the immediate challenges of each           knowledge formation and a national services
                                                                                                                      29. We will work with the Central Bank, CSO and the          formulate a project plan on a phased basis to make
    hospital and determine what needs to be done               industries competitiveness strategy with key
                                                                                                                          public service to determine the true condition           all government public services more accessible to
    to make an immediate difference in the lives of            stakeholders.
                                                                                                                          of the country’s finances and the state of the           residents of Tobago.
    citizens seeking care and we will act immediately

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            TRANSPARENCY &

                                            PARTICIPATORY                                              table amendments to provide for and/or strengthen
                                                                                                       provisions for the following, as may be required:
            SECTION OPENER
                                            DEMOCRACY                                                    • Checks and balances to safeguard against the
                                            The People are Sovereign                                       abuse of power
                                                                                                         • Respect for the voices of minorities, while
                                            O   ur government will create a continuing awareness
                                                among our People that they have a right to
                                            participate in the Governance of our country. We will
                                                                                                           acknowledging the will of the majority
                                                                                                         • A free press unfettered by government
                                                                                                           intimidation and uncompromised by government
                                            incorporate mechanisms which will permit the Voice of
                                            the People to be heard and to be taken into account in
                                                                                                         • Access to official information
                                            the Policies which we adopt as a Government.
                                                                                                         • Integrity in public life
                                            Some of the actions that we will take are:
                                                                                                         • Containment and Eradication of corruption
                                                                                                         • The introduction of Procurement Legislation
                                            Constitutional Reform
                                                                                                           which is fair, efficient and transparent
                                            As a matter of urgency, our government will engage
                                                                                                         • Mandatory provisions for making Local
                                            the population in consultations for Constitutional
                                                                                                           Government an integral part of the governance
                                            Reform. We will observe the bedrock principle that
                                            the Constitution should emerge out of the collective
                                                                                                         • A right of recall for non-performing parliamentary
                                            aspirations, will and judgment of the people of Trinidad
                                            & Tobago. The difference will be that consultations
                                                                                                         • Fixed election dates for national and local
                                            will inform and influence documents produced and
                                            positions taken by Government. Our Government will

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  • Mechanisms for a referendum process                    opportunity to determine what priorities, projects         • Civil Society Board to consult with Stakeholder           and priorities and propose solutions
  • Limiting the Prime Minister to two successive          and services will be delivered to their respective           Advisory Councils with respect to key civil society     • Local Government bodies will consult with and
    terms as Head of Government                            communities to ensure that Regional Corporations             sectors                                                   take into account the facilities and services which
  • Rules governing the conduct of the Government          and Municipalities discharge their responsibility for      • The Stakeholder Advisory Councils will provide a          each community considers to be matters of
                                                           basic infrastructure, maintenance, services and other        vehicle for sector experts to make a meaningful           priority.
                                                           facilities and support systems.                              contribution to economic development and
                                                                                                                        foster commitment to implementation of specific       Equitable Distribution of State Resources
                                                           We will provide Local Government with the necessary          strategies for development                              • Establish an independent Economic Development
                                                           funding and other resources from the Central               • The Stakeholder Advisory Councils and the                  Board (EDB)
                                                           Government, within the current legislative and               communities will be consulted by the Economic           • EDB to consult with stakeholder advisory councils
                                                           regulatory framework to enable them to deliver quality       Development Board on matters related to the             • EDB to make recommendations on:
                                                           services to the communities.                                 relevant sectors.                                          - fair and equitable distribution of national
                                                                                                                                                                                     revenue among Central Government, Tobago
                                                           LOCAL GOVERNMENT TRANSFORMATION                                                                                           and Local Government Bodies
                                                           Actions our Government will take                                                                                        - establishment of a Natural Disaster Fund and
                                                             • Devolution of authority and resources, within                                                                         LIFE Fund to support life-saving surgery for sick
                                                                national policy guidelines, from central                                                                             children
                                                                government ministries such as Community                                                                            - prioritisation and optimisation of government
       and political parties during an election period.         Development, Housing, Social Welfare, Sports,                                                                        expenditure
                                                                Planning, Environment etc.                                                                                         - appraisal of feasibility studies for proposed
We will establish a Constitution Commission to engage        • Equitable financial allocation to regions                                                                             capital expenditure
in the widest possible consultation as a pre-requisite       • Adoption of a much more decentralised model for
to constitutional reform. We strongly believe that the          regional development planning                                                                                 Consensus Building
relationship between the Tobago House of Assembly            • Collaborative governance procedures                                                                              • E-view will have a section dedicated to each
and the Central Government needs to be revisited, with       • Regional coordination of the delivery of                                                                           Local Government region to enable community
particular reference to the aspirations of the people of        water, electricity, telephones and other basic                                                                    members to voice their opinions and make
Tobago. The terms of the Constitution Commission will           infrastructure and services                                                                                       recommendations.
extend to the legislative provisions touching upon the       • Community-based security and rehabilitation          Direct Citizen Participation                                • The Local Government bodies will present reports
THA as well as examination of the best way to achieve           arrangements                                          • Establish an internet portal, “E-view”, for the           to the Central Government outlining the needs
a mutually respectful and satisfying relationship            • Expanded responsibilities and increased                   people to express their views on development             of the communities for incorporation into the
between Tobago and Trinidad within the framework of             compensation for local representatives                • Ensure that Broadband service is available                National Development Plan and will be held
a sustainable unitary state.                                 • Establish mechanisms to ensure high                       countrywide                                              accountable for execution of matters under their
                                                                performance and accountability.                       • Establish government-funded, free internet cafés          jurisdiction.
Local Government                                                                                                         in communities across the country                      • Every Local Government authority will
Genuine democracy requires effective representation,       PARTICIPATORY GOVERNANCE                                                                                               prepare a strategic plan based on the National
transparency, participation, accountability to change                                                               Local Government Involvement of the People                    Development Plan for Execution.
                                                            Mechanisms our Government will
the lives of people in our Communities and to alter                                                                   • Promote a system of Local Government which
                                                           introduce -
their relationship with government.                                                                                      empowers the people in their respective
                                                              • Establish a Civil Society Board voted for by
                                                                delegates of civil society organizations
We will provide citizens and communities with the                                                                     • Communities will define community problems

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TRANSPARENT AND ACCOUNTABLE                                  ENSURING INTEGRITY IN GOVERNMENT                                and the Ministry of the People.                              domestic violence amongst others
GOVERNANCE                                                   Auditor General                                               • We will strengthen the responsive capacity of            •   Environmental campaigns to effect a more
Strategic Planning                                             • Empower the Auditor General to conduct                      Parliamentary representatives by strengthening               harmonious relationship between human beings
   • Each ministry will prepare a draft strategic plan.          compliance, financial, operational, forensic,               their constituency offices and establishing a link           and nature
   • Cabinet will approve and publish the strategic              performance and value audits                                with the Ministry of the People.                         •   Facilitate youth development programmes
     plans of each Ministry.                                   • Ensure that adequate resources are made                                                                              •   Partnership with the NGO community
   • Cabinet will determine policy guidelines for                available to the Auditor General                        SUPPORTING DEVELOPMENT                                       •   Celebration of festivals and national holidays
     operation of each ministry.                               • Empower the Auditor General to engage external          IN AND OF THE COMMUNITY                                      •   Neighbourhood development policy
   • Ministers will have full authority and responsibility       auditors to assist in performance of these              Initiatives will be taken or mechanisms put in place to      •   Attract investments to local communities
     for accomplishing approved strategic plan within            functions                                               facilitate what is deemed feasible among the following:          in collaboration with regional business
     the policy guidelines.                                    • Strengthen the Auditor General’s office generally          • Support for charitable causes in the community              organisations and relevant government agencies
   • Ministers will submit periodic reports to Cabinet           and empower it to perform its watchdog role and            • Maintenance of homes for the aged, as well              •   Crime fighting and the enforcement of laws for
     and to Parliament so that implementation of                 to ensure good governance.                                     as support to homes for battered and abused               example, praedial larceny and neighbourhood
     strategic plans can be monitored and so that                                                                               women and children                                        watch
     ministries are accountable for performance.             STRENGTHENING REPRESENTATION                                   • Lifestyle campaigns to achieve healthy lifestyles,      •   Poverty alleviation
   • Cabinet will take collective responsibility for the       • We will strengthen the committee system of                     to fight social ills, including drugs, HIV/AIDS and   •   Traffic planning and management.
     implementation of strategic plans by ministries.            Parliament to play a more effective role in matters
   • All plans will be aligned to a national framework           such as foreign policy and energy policy.
     for sustainable development and together                  • We will encourage full parliamentary debate on
     constitute an action agenda to achieve prosperity           controversial issues.
     for all.                                                  • We will establish a Ministry of the People within
                                                                 the first 30 days in the Office of the Prime Minister
Procurement                                                      and the Minister of the People shall be a member
  • Prioritise the passing of procurement legislation            of the Cabinet. This ministry shall interface will
    and appropriate rules and regulations                        every other ministry to expeditiously resolve
  • Establish equitable arrangements for an efficient            issues which are, in particular, time sensitive but
    procurement system ensuring transparency and                 which are not adequately being handled by the
    accountability by all government departments                 bureaucracy. Each ministry will be mandated to
    and state enterprises.                                       designate an appropriate officer at Director level
                                                                 or higher to be the liaison between that ministry

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            SECTION OPENER

                                         INITIATIVES TO                                            in our society
                                                                                                 • Economic opportunity for all so that individuals
                                         TRANSFORM OUR                                             and families can establish a firm basis to control
                                                                                                   their destiny by building sustainable livelihoods
                                         ECONOMY                                                   and being productively involved in their own
                                         Ensuring Fiscal Sanity                                    economic development
                                                                                                 • The principles of self-reliance, entrepreneurship
                                         The current government has pursued ill-conceived          and competitiveness will inform approaches to
                                         policies, which have resulted in distortion in the        economic participation and development
                                         economy and mismanagement of our resources.             • Sustainable growth and diversification of the
                                         Our approach to development will be different.            economy will be key objectives
                                         We will build sustainability into the process, begin    • The quality of life of our people will improve with
                                         a restructuring of the economy, and immediately           general prosperity in our country and a more
                                         reorganise our economic strategy. We will ensure that     equitable sharing of the wealth generated from
                                         strategy and policy achieve the following:                such prosperity
                                                                                                 • Outside of Energy, our foreign investment
                                           • Maximum development of our people ensuring            approach will be to link investment to throughput
                                             that the needs of the poor and disadvantaged are      from the tertiary sector to create information-
                                             given priority                                        based knowledge and creative industries that will
                                           • An enabling environment for growth and                tap the creativity of our people and provide high-
                                             expansion of locally-owned businesses                 end, more rewarding jobs
                                           • A sense of ownership and belonging by everyone      • The Energy sector, the focus will be on investment
                                                                                                   and partnership opportunities in third- and

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                                                                                                                        must cater to both to support a thriving economy
                                                                                                                        as well as achieve sustainable development.             11. Economic Planning. The focus will be on
                                                                                                                                                                                    sustainable development, competitiveness,
                                                                                                                     7. Equitable Distribution. We will address strategies          integration and synergy, diversification,
                                                                                                                        to ensure more equitable income distribution to             strengthening existing sectors and clusters and
                                                                                                                        contain and correct the weakening of the social             creating new ones and linking research to wealth
                                                                                                                        structure and the climate of instability that it            creation, innovation and competitiveness.
                                                                                                                                                                                12. Institutional Arrangements:
                                                                                                                     8. Resource Allocation. We will emphasise and seek             • Establish an Economic Development Board (EDB)
       fourth-generation renewable energy alternatives        widening, expanding and deepening domestic
                                                                                                                        to promote the efficient use of resources, including           to be staffed by nationals on a merit basis drawn
       linked to research.                                    value-added production and by managing to
                                                                                                                        human skills, natural resources and capital, to                from academia, the professions, civil society,
                                                              achieve a low rate of inflation. Beyond creating an
                                                                                                                        enhance productivity, which is vital to economic               labour and industry to advise on economic
Economic, Monetary and Fiscal Policy                          appropriate environment, we will:
                                                                                                                        growth and the creation of meaningful and                      policy after consulting with the Communities
We are committed to the following as essential                • Encourage local and international firms to list on
                                                                                                                        sustainable jobs.                                              and stakeholder advisory councils
components of our economic, monetary and fiscal                  the stock exchange
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Revisit the legislation establishing the
policy:                                                       • Create and nurture a competitive business
                                                                                                                     9. Diversification. We will develop innovative                    Stabilisation and Heritage Fund with a view
                                                                                                                        strategies to achieve sustainable growth and                   to delinking the two funds. The mechanisms
1. Fiscal Probity. There will be zero tolerance of            • Develop long-term investment instruments like
                                                                                                                        diversification of the Economy in order to reduce              for contributions and withdrawals will be
   corrupt practices and unwise and wasteful                     tradable deposit certificates
                                                                                                                        our dependence on energy, create good jobs and                 established for transparency and clarity.
   expenditure. We will strengthen and make more              • Identify strategic sectors and incentivise them to
                                                                                                                        generate new sources of wealth creation.                    • Strengthening, resourcing and reorganising the
   efficient the Board of Inland Revenue and Customs.            elicit private sector investment to enhance and
                                                                                                                                                                                       Central Statistical Office to ensure provision of
                                                                 accelerate the diversification process
                                                                                                                     10. Financial Crisis. We will take action as required to          accurate and meaningful information in a timely
2. Enabling Environment. As a prerequisite for                • Consult with the credit union movement to
                                                                                                                         address issues such as the financial crisis in                and efficient manner.
   investment and growth we will facilitate an                   strengthen credit unions through legislation and
                                                                                                                         C L Financial and the HCU in the best interest of
   enabling environment. We will review and redress              effective supervisory mechanisms
                                                                                                                         people in a timely and transparent manner.
   regulatory barriers to investment, as well as
   processes and procedures that unnecessarily             5. Research and Innovation. We will foster a culture of
   increase the cost of doing business.                       research and innovation by allocating resources and
                                                              providing incentives for research and development
3. Aligning Policy. We will establish a framework for         particularly in the non-energy and services sector.
   government’s fiscal policies and Central Bank’s            Here our target will be to increase R&D spending
   monetary policies to be more effectively aligned to        to at least 3% of GDP over the next 10 years. We
   achieve national goals and objectives.                     will establish a Council for Competitiveness and
4. Investment Environment. We will develop
   strategies to create an environment for investment      6. Balancing Spending. We will seek to find the
   by increasing domestic savings, facilitating               balance between consumption and savings.
   competitive interest rates, securing property rights,      Consumption satisfies present needs, while savings
   by establishing good governance practices, by              provides for the needs of future generations. We

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            HUMAN SECURITY

            SECTION OPENER                ATTACKING CRIME,                                          The current government neither has the will nor
                                                                                                    the competence to deal with the lawlessness and
                                          NURTURING                                                 indiscipline pervading our society and which feeds the
                                                                                                    environment within which crime flourishes. The current
                                          HUMANITY                                                  situation speaks to a moral decay that now pervades
                                          Making Our Society Safe and                               the society propelled by a corrupt and ineffective
                                                                                                    leadership, which considers the loss of lives “collateral
                                          Our Citizens Secure                                       damage”. Unless we remove this nightmare, investment
                                                                                                    in education, investment in the promotion of sports,
                                          Economic progress on a sustainable basis and
                                                                                                    the arts and social services will have limited impact and
                                          meaningful democracy are not possible unless crime
                                                                                                    the transformative benefits we seek will never be fully
                                          is brought under control and there can be some
                                          assurance of human safety and security. There are
                                          structural problems that facilitate crime. Among
                                                                                                    Our government will take a multipronged approach
                                          these are illegal drugs, alienation from the political
                                                                                                    that will address the political, economic, social,
                                          process, the lack of participation and consultation,
                                                                                                    technological and managerial dimensions required to
                                          the economic arrangements which have led to a
                                                                                                    reinstate safety and security. Punitive sanctions alone
                                          growing divide between the haves and have-nots, in
                                                                                                    will not solve the crime problem. The first step we will
                                          addition to a very obvious moral and spiritual malaise.
                                                                                                    take involves addressing the issue of white-collar crime
                                          Unhappiness in the society is not only reflected in
                                                                                                    and corruption, the second addresses the fundamental
                                          crime but also in increased mental illness, vagrancy
                                                                                                    challenges of effective management of the institutions
                                          and homelessness, as well as the number of protests
                                                                                                    of law and order, the third requires the reorganisation
                                          and demonstrations, which have developed for several
                                                                                                    of our education system, the fourth requires us to
                                          years now.
                                                                                                    design productive sectors to provide viable alternatives

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                                                                                                                            Young, first-time offenders convicted of relatively        ministries to ensure effective management of
                                                                                                                            minor offences could be paroled and engaged in             criminal cases. There may be need to streamline
                                                                                                                            community service. We must move to a serious               the Attorney General’s office to address these
                                                                                                                            strategy for rehabilitation and reintegration into         multiple functions and to achieve multiple
                                                                                                                            the society and an economy that is linked to               objectives for prosecution of criminals and
                                                                                                                            education and skills building.                             streamlining the justice system for efficiency
                                                                                                                          • Community Policing – This is important for               • Expand and implement Community Service
                                                                                                                            policing, community building, and crime                    sentencing for certain categories of crime
                                                                                                                            prevention and will be executed as a strategy            • Overhaul the penal system so that prisoners
                                                                                                                            that acknowledges that police presence in the              have a real opportunity to turn around their lives
to criminal activities and the fifth, revolves around the         radar linked to all branches of the security
                                                                                                                            community is an important deterrent to crime.              reducing the revolving door syndrome of repeat
set of initiatives listed below.                                  services. Connectivity will be monitored and we
                                                                                                                          • A Household by Household Approach to Poverty               offenders
                                                                  will insist on staying connected.
                                                                                                                            Reduction – It has been established that there           • Facilitate the further establishment of half-way
LAW ENFORCEMENT                                               •   We will establish the National Security Protective
                                                                                                                            is a link between poverty and crime. Our crime             houses in conjunction with NGOs to assist in
   • We will support the management of the Police                 Services Training Academy to improve capacity
                                                                                                                            reduction strategy must be supported by a                  reintegration of past offenders into society.
     service to ensure that there are proper levels of            of our police officers to perform at their optimal
                                                                                                                            poverty reduction strategy that is different in
     policing and hold it accountable for effective               levels
                                                                                                                            that it would tackle the different age groups         NATIONAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
     delivery through the establishment of clear              •   Training programmes and merit systems will be
                                                                                                                            within a household to ensure education                As part of a National Disaster Preparedness Plan, the
     measurable benchmarks for crime reduction and                established to motivate police to new ideals of
                                                                                                                            and skills for the young, second chances for          protective services, defense force and civil society must
     containment                                                  justice
                                                                                                                            dropouts that bring them into productive              engage in continuous “response training”. The Citizens
   • We will establish a National Security Operational        •   We will strengthen the National Security Council
                                                                                                                            endeavour, special programmes for women, skills       and members of our entire society must be sensitised
     Centre (NSOC), involving use of technology to                to link intelligence, strategy and execution in
                                                                                                                            programmes for the unskilled willing to work          to their role. Such a plan must also be acceptable to the
     set up a real-time centralised system for tracking           crime fighting
                                                                                                                            and targeted programmes for the elderly and           Police and Fire Services as an integrated plan to which
     crime. This will involve equipping every Police          •   We will modernise physical infrastructure
                                                                                                                            persons living with disabilities                      all are committed in a situation of disaster.
     vehicle with a Global Positioning System (GPS)               and amenities to boost morale and improve
     and linking with every police station through                productivity
     an appropriate technology platform. Abuse of             •   We will implement the criminal injuries and          OVERHAULING CRIMINAL JUSTICE
                                                                  compensation laws and adjust the measure of          From arrest to determination to release
     equipment will not be tolerated
                                                                  compensation                                            • We will re-engineer the justice system in
   • We will enforce traffic laws. A majority of crime
                                                                                                                            consultation with all stakeholders to ensure
     involves the use of vehicles. Enforcement of
                                                                                                                            swift justice from the point of arrest to the final
     road traffic laws and regulation would serve as a      RESOCIALISING AWAY FROM CRIME
                                                                                                                            determination of all criminal matters
     major deterrent to such illegal activity. A variety      • Human Security – The basic necessities of food,
                                                                                                                          • Introduce and implement legislation which will
     of mechanisms including Radar Speed Detection              shelter and work must be accessible to all.
                                                                                                                            rebalance the justice system in favour of victims
     Guns will be used in this                                • Schooling – We need to strengthen the
                                                                                                                            with emphasis on protection for the rights of
   • We will use GPS bracelets on offenders who are             secondary system to ensure that students move
                                                                                                                            victims, witnesses and jurors
     on probation but are still deemed a security               on to further education or to productive roles in
                                                                                                                          • Restructure the justice system to ensure
     risk (so that their movement can be monitored)             the economy.
                                                                                                                            that criminal and civil matters are separately
     and if legislation is required, we will take the         • Recidivism – The prison system is replete with
                                                                                                                            addressed and that there are appropriate
     necessary steps                                            young offenders and more seasoned offenders
                                                                                                                            resources and linkages between the Ministry
   • We will guard our coastline through the 360º               who keep passing through a revolving door.
                                                                                                                            of National Security and the relevant legal

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            WELLNESS &

                                                  EDUCATION                                                 progress, we must build the foundation for personal
                                                                                                            achievement, as well as co-operation and collaboration
            SECTION OPENER                        AND HUMAN                                                 with others to achieve mutually satisfying goals.
                                                                                                            The primary school must ensure that our children
                                                  DEVELOPMENT                                               are literate, numerate, and aware of e-learning and
                                                  Building the Foundation for an Intelligent                internet-based opportunities. The foundation must
                                                                                                            be laid so that they will have a love of learning and
                                                  Nation and a Creative Economy                             become critical thinkers, use their creativity and have
                                                                                                            an entrepreneurial outlook. We will also ensure that
                                                  EARLY CHILDHOOD, PRIMARY AND                              there would be a focus on all learners not just the
                                                  SECONDARY EDUCATION                                       academically gifted.

                                                  E ducation is one of the major pillars of our economic
                                                    development given that knowledge, information
                                                  and human capital are the main economic assets of
                                                                                                            We will, therefore, embark on curriculum reform to
                                                                                                            address the needs of 21st century development and to
                                                  advanced nations. We will change our approach to          build a foundation for responsible citizenship and the
                                                  ensure that our young people are literate, numerate       optimisation of multiple talents, including talent in the
                                                  and possess critical thinking skills. We will embark on   arts and sports.
                                                  curriculum reform to address the needs of 21st century
                                                  development and the labour market needs of the            At the secondary level, skills learnt in primary school
                                                  society.                                                  will be strengthened and enhanced and a more
                                                                                                            participatory education strategy that is problem-based
                                                  At the pre-school level, self-confident, creative,        and dedicated to producing problem solvers and
                                                  enterprising children must be the goal. As they learn     solution providers will be introduced.
                                                  and play, work independently and with others to make

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  • We will rework curricula for the early childhood         • We will incorporate learning diversity, lifelong
    care and education and the primary school                  learning, general knowledge about our people
    to prepare the ground for seamless transition              and our history and civic responsibility into the
    between the two. The focus will be on building             curriculum
    self-confidence, the development of social skills,       • We will promote character-based education,
    strengthening attention span and the ability to            ethics, strengthen the work ethic and introduce
    focus, and on promoting creativity at the early            value-balanced programmes as critical
    childhood level to build the foundation for 21st           components of the curriculum
    century literacy, critical thinking, creativity and      • We will strengthen the range of technical
    entrepreneurship through general knowledge at              vocational offerings to increase options and
    primary level                                              choice across the system
                                                             • The curriculum for all other certification
                                                               programmes for teachers (including Secondary
                                                               Education Management Programme (SEMP)) will
                                                               be reviewed to evaluate philosophy, relevance
                                                               and competence-building concerns. In keeping
                                                               with the philosophical underpinnings of
                                                               diversity in teaching/learning, teacher education
                                                               to support a curriculum for transformation             • We will expand the meaning of literacy to               youths so inclined and to engage interns
                                                               will be strengthened. We will work with higher           include a second language in the curriculum at          from the educational system. This will support
                                                               educational institutions to strengthen teaching          primary, secondary and tertiary level drawing           learning and skills transfer, strengthen workforce
                                                               quality and relevance in the secondary and               local linguists into the system.                        competence, support industry and promote
                                                               primary system                                         • We will encourage reading as a pastime and              workplace readiness in the young.
                                                             • The connected classroom will be central to               enhance the image of reading in the eyes of
                                                               educational transformation, as well as teacher           young people by creating an infrastructure of     Facilitating Persons Living with Disabilities and
                                                               education. Connectivity technologies will be             support and of incentives.                        Special Needs
                                                               tapped to link teachers with teachers, teachers      Community partners in education                          • We will develop an effective special education
  • We will reform the curriculum at secondary level           with students, and students with students              • We will deploy lifelong skills within the                programme.
    to ensure that the school environment is more            • Mathematics, language skills and competence              community through existing delivery                  • We will establish a system with infrastructure to
    conducive to learning, intellectual development,           in English, as well as science and technology will       programmes within the teaching and learning              ensure early detection and treatment of learning
    creativity and the development of critical                 receive special attention                                curriculum to strengthen the skills base of the          disorders, medical, psychological, social and
    thinking skills and will include music, art, drama,      • We will provide specialised and targeted support         country through adult learning opportunities.            other problems that may hinder the learning
    creative arts, information technology, science             for troubled students, students with disabilities                                                                 process.
    and technology, sports, the history and culture            and families to reduce and remove some of                                                                     • We will encourage and partner with all schools
    of all our peoples and develop a sensitivity for           the barriers to full participation in the learning   A “Work Study” Learning System                               to develop adequate facilities and procure
    ecological concerns in our young in addition to            process                                                 • A system of entrepreneurship and                        equipment to enrol differently-abled students.
    building absorptive capacity to go on to further                                                                     apprenticeship will be encouraged whereby               A programme to provide financial, emotional
    learning                                              Focus on Literacy Development                                  all major industrial firms will be encouraged           and mentoring support for the students will be
                                                             • We will provide increased government funding              to operate apprenticeship programmes for                initiated.
                                                               to NGOs working on literacy programmes.

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                                                                                                                         professionalise the Teaching Service.                 areas in which the business community has identified
                                                                                                                       • We will strengthen the system, work with the          shortages.
                                                                                                                         union on professional upgrade and professional
                                                                                                                         standards and offer a system of incentives to         Two vital imperatives are necessary – strengthening
                                                                                                                         attract the best teachers to the system.              of the primary and secondary levels to ensure that
                                                                                                                                                                               enough students are adequately prepared to go on
                                                                                                                    Addressing Known Weaknesses                                to further studies and transforming a haphazard and
                                                                                                                      • At primary school all children will be pre-            fragmented tertiary sector into a system.
                                                                                                                         tested to address various challenges which
                                                                                                                         individual students may have such as poor             Twelve thousand (12,000) students take the CXC
   • We will expand the number of guidance                     policy, collaborate regionally and internationally        eyesight, dyslexia and other challenges that can      examinations every year, half of them secure less
     counsellors available to meet the demands of              to constantly improve and strengthen a quality            be overcome. Counseling and psychological             than five (5) CXC passes and an almost equal number
     these challenging times and we will establish a           regional system and support and monitor the               support will also be provided in schools.
     system of psychological support for children in           achievements of national goals.
     schools.                                                • We will strengthen community participation              • At secondary school level we will strategically
                                                               on a school by school basis to improve quality,           address the issue of school dropouts and the
                                                               relevance and responsiveness and to support               need for improved performance at the CXC level
Improve the Administration of Education                        educational achievement for all at the school             on a school by school basis.
   • We will establish a clearing house in the Ministry        level.
     of Education to swiftly address the backlog of          • Given a more decentralised and participatory
     vacancies for teachers and administrators at              process, principals will have more authority to      TERTIARY EXPANSION LINKED TO
     the primary and secondary level to facilitate             manage their schools and principals and staff will   ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION
     expeditious action by the Teaching Service                be held accountable for performance based on         Human development is central to our overall strategy
     Commission.                                               established performance targets agreed by the        for sustainable development. In this regard, tertiary
   • We will implement a system that allows for                school within the framework of national policy.      education has been identified consistently as one
     the seamless replacement of teachers who are              The emphasis will be on quality education.           of the most important factors in human capital
     proceeding on pre-approved leave or retiring.                                                                  development.
   • We will strengthen the administration of our         Facilitating Access to Education                                                                                     also fail Mathematics and English. The preparation
     schools by allowing for more senior staff to be         • We will expand the Public Transport System           Human capital output at the tertiary level is a major      of students at basic education level, therefore, needs
     retained in schools with large populations.                 dedicated to the education system especially for   contributor to economic growth and sustainable             to be strengthened and performance levels of larger
   • We will strengthen the partnership between                  young people in remote areas.                      development. Our principal strategy, therefore, in         numbers of students need to be raised, in order to
     state and denominational boards and revitalise          • We will link food and nutrition strategies, and      tertiary education is to expand and develop tertiary       make tertiary education meaningful to at least 60% of
     the funding formula for capital and recurrent               health strategies to human development             education until we achieve a 60% participation rate,       each graduating cohort.
     expenditure in all these schools.                           strategies through the school system.              to rationalise the tertiary sector to avoid duplication,   To address the needs of a diversified group of students
   • We will decentralise the current education                                                                     wastage and needless overlap, to build efficiencies        graduating from the secondary system, the tertiary
     system by establishing autonomous regional           Quality in Teaching and Learning                          and effectiveness in the system and to support             sector must cater for this diversity in programme
     authorities that can effectively coordinate,           • We will strengthen quality in teaching and            accountability and synergy in the sector. Concurrently,    offerings, as well as in learning systems and in teaching
     manage and improve performance in the                      learning by ensuring that teachers are trained,     we will rationalise programmes to provide graduates        methodology.
     schools.                                                   educated and certified at all levels of the         who meet the needs of key development sectors and
   • The Ministry of Education will establish national          system from pre-school up. Our aim is to further                                                               The fragmented tertiary sector, therefore, must be

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            rationalised and harmonised into a national tertiary          GATE is for a diversified economy, a strong knowledge
            system and steps must be taken, working with other            sector, the proliferation of entrepreneurial initiatives    We will enter into discussions with all institutions for
            countries in the region and with CARICOM to create            yielding higher end jobs and a better standard of living.   higher learning to establish a security infrastructure in
            a functional and responsive regional tertiary system.         To this end, a collaborative strategy with the private      this area utilising a partnership between the Trinidad
            UWI as a regional institution and UTT and COSTAATT            sector will be developed to financially support research    and Tobago Police Service and the private security
            as national institutions will be central to this strategy     and innovation. We will maintain and seek to expand         industry (PSI) to provide a comprehensive, well
            as distinct institutions with different mandates but          the free tertiary education programme.                      equipped and strong police presence in this academic
            collaborative possibilities.                                                                                              village. Our children and our future leaders must be
                                                                          EDUCATION CITY IN ST. AUGUSTINE                             nurtured and protected. Our children must not be the
            Beyond strengthening the system, emphasis will be             The St. Augustine region will be developed as an            victims of robberies, which are so prevalent today, or
            placed on linking tertiary education to a diversifying        integrated centre for academic excellence. We will also     kidnapping. Our children must concentrate on their
            economy moving in the direction of service-oriented,          develop this region to provide for the establishment        books not bandits; they must think of big ideas not big
            knowledge-based and creative industries. In fact,             of a vibrant service sector linked to the academic          ransom; they must have dreams not nightmares!
            we view the throughput from the tertiary sector as            community. This will entail facilitating investment
            creating a skills and talent pool, which will be attractive   in university-related services, such as publications,       GATE
            to investment in knowledge-intensive industries and           technology parks, internet cafés and a shopping village     GATE will be expanded and strengthened and made
            graduates with the inclination could be guided into           plaza specifically geared towards a local and regional      sustainable to achieve a 60% participation rate at
            entrepreneurial ventures in the knowledge sector              student community.                                          tertiary level in a diversified range of programmes
            with appropriate incentives. Technical and vocational                                                                     linked to skills building, tertiary expansion and diversity
            programmes will be integrated into the sector at post         This region is home to the prestigious University of        of offerings.
            secondary and tertiary levels. Emphasis will be placed        the West Indies (UWI), the Hugh Wooding Law School,
            on practice, as well as theory and tertiary institutions      Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, the            TECHNICAL VOCATIONAL
            will be encouraged to strengthen their curricula              Cipriani Labour College, the School of Accounting and       A large percentage of our workforce is unskilled
            through service learning and other forms of out-of-           Management, the School of Business and Computer             (upwards of 60%). A significant portion of our high
            classroom learning.                                           Science and other venerable institutions of higher          school graduates find themselves at a dead end.
                                                                          learning. This region will be developed into a university   Experts indicate that for the 21st century economy we
            A National Commission for Higher Education will guide         town in the spirit of Cambridge or Oxford in the            need to create, we require a broad range of technical
            the sector and we will work with CARICOM and other            United Kingdom or Ithaca in upstate New York but, of        vocational skills and a large number of people in
            governments of the region, as well as the Association         course, as a Trinidad and Tobago education city with a      the workforce attaining at least two more years of
            of Tertiary Institutions to establish a Regional              distinctly Caribbean flavour.                               education beyond the secondary school level. We will
            Qualifications Framework and to strengthen quality in                                                                     rationalise and expand technical/vocational choices
            a diverse system across the world.                            We will establish a policy framework at the Ministry of     for students at post-secondary and tertiary level and
                                                                          Housing to provide subsidies on rent to all students        facilitate seamless movement upwards and across the
            We will leverage an enhanced tertiary system to attract       residing in this region and registered at any of those      tertiary system through a range of people-friendly,
            foreign students, and faculty (where appropriate) to          tertiary centres. With the collaboration of the Public      worker-friendly initiatives.
            deepen the development of the education sector and            Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) we will develop
            to build an enhanced research capacity to support             a transport shuttle service for all students coming into
            the development of a strong knowledge sector and to           this region from the southern and eastern regions so
            support the creation of a national innovation system.         that your children can be taken safely to and from rural
            The vision beyond tertiary expansion supported by             communities on the weekends.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Health Facility
                                                                                                                                                                                • Fast track completion of Burns Unit at the San
                                                                                                                                                                                  Fernando General Hospital and Oncology Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                  at Mount Hope
                                                                                                                                                                                • Ensure Patient-Friendly physical facilities
                                                                                                                                                                                  equipped with state-of-the-art medical
                                                                                                                                                                                • Upgrade the Children’s Unit at Mount Hope

                                                                                                                                                                             Improve the Operation of Community Health
                                                                                                                                                                             Centres by:
                                                                                                                                                                                • Establishing a National Nurse’s hotline (24/7)
                                                                                                                                                                                • Extending opening hours
                                                                                                                                                                                • Integrating social services with the health
TAKING HEALTH CARE                                           • Following strengthening of delivery, quality and
                                                               impact increase the funding of the Public Health          - To be seen within 1 hour of your arrival at any      • Providing community-based specialist clinics,
TO THE PEOPLE                                                  Care Sector beyond the 6% of GDP now allocated
                                                             • Implementing a country wide Air Ambulance
                                                                                                                           public health institution, including emergency
                                                                                                                                                                                  screening programs and multidisciplinary teams

From Conception to Exit                                        Service, (to function under the National                  - To have access to written information for
                                                               Helicopter Service)                                         all recommended investigations, treatment
Health care is a basic right. The economic development
                                                             • Establishing Mobile Diagnostic Testing Units.               options, and post-treatment care
of a country is dependent on the physical well-being
                                                                                                                         - To obtain non-emergency medical and
of its citizens — your health is your wealth. We will
                                                             The LIFE Fund                                                 surgical treatment within 3 months from the
overcome the human and infrastructural constraints
                                                             • Set up a special LIFE Fund for life-saving surgery          time of diagnosis
to the sector, placing emphasis on wellness and
                                                               for children ($100 million). This fund will be            - To file a complaint to the Patient’s Authority
promoting a system which emphasizes preventative
                                                               administered by an independent board in a fair,             and receive satisfactory redress within 60 days
                                                               equitable, transparent and accountable manner             - To choose approved alternative medical
                                                             • Private Sector Incentives will be established to            treatments within public health institutions.
We shall bring together all the partners inclusive of
                                                               encourage contributions to the LIFE Fund
practitioners, payers, government and patients. We
                                                             • Establish Partnership Arrangements with foreign      Improve Physical Infrastructure of Public Health
shall encourage investments in health care service
                                                               specialist hospitals to facilitate the transfer of   Care Facilities
delivery. We will establish a universal, all inclusive,
                                                               knowledge and technology over time.                     • Construct new hospitals in the catchment areas
health care insurance system for citizens.
                                                                                                                          of Point Fortin, Arima and Chaguanas and its
                                                          Support Patients’ Rights                                        environs and to upgrade and modernize the
We Will Ensure First Class Health Care for the People
                                                             • Establish a Patient’s Authority to investigate             Caura Hospital
                                                               allegations of malpractice and patients’                • Complete construction of Scarborough Hospital
    • Re-evaluating and implementing a Professional
                                                               complaints                                              • Upgrade the Port of Spain, San Fernando and
      Health Care Management System that makes the
                                                             • Implement the Charter of Patient’s Rights and              Sangre Grande Regional Hospitals and the Arima
      best use of existing resources
                                                               Obligations, to ensure the Rights:

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       to provide holistic care                               • Improve benefits to Health Care Workers by:
   •   Providing free medication and glucose testing            - Upgrading benefits offered to nurses and
       instruments and supplies including insulin                 allied health care professionals which would
       injections                                                 encourage them to remain within the public
   •   Establishing preventative health care wellness             sector
       centres                                                  - Providing certified customer service training
   •   Upgrading district health facilities with special          to health care workers.
       emphasis on remote areas
   •   Expanding and integrating the use of midwifery      Responding to Chronic Diseases, Cardiovascular,
       in the community health systems to provide          Cancer, Diabetes and HIV/AIDS:
       wider and better neonatal and antenatal care.          • Wide scale public education program to reduce
                                                                the incidence of Chronic Diseases
Lifelong Commitment to Health                                 • Provide free care and treatment, including
    • Implement Accreditation Standards for the                 counselling services for persons with Chronic
      Health Sector to improve quality and strengthen           Diseases
      systems                                                 • Establish workplace policies with respect to
                                                                Chronic Diseases with a focus on care for the       SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT                                             • Develop school-based programmes to promote
                                                                                                                                                                                     interaction between the young and the elderly in
                                                                aged                                                Every Human Being is Important                                   their communities.
                                                              • Strengthen implementation of the national HIV/                                                                       - Reinstatement of the Old Age Pension Act.
                                                                AIDS policy                                         Mutually agreed policy positions on important                       Pensions must be an entitlement and not a
                                                              • Develop culturally relevant public sensitization    issues of concern to all citizens are absolutely                    grant.
                                                                programmes designed to change behaviour and         necessary to provide the basis for the development               - Pension laws must be amended to provide
                                                                lifestyles and eliminate fear of Chronic Diseases   and implementation of a new plan of action for the                  for the national and regional portability of
                                                              • Collaborate with NGOs and Faith-Based               governance and development of Trinidad & Tobago,                    pension benefits and for improved pension
                                                                Organizations in care programs                      and its people regardless of race, religion, gender, age,           benefits.
                                                              • Establish the National Aids Coordinating            geographical location, sector, or party affiliation.             - Remove all restrictions and qualifications for
                                                                Committee (NACC) as a Statutory Authority                                                                               people to receive an Old Age Pension and
                                                              • Strengthen the system of preventative care and      AGING POPULATION: LIFE BEGINS AT 60                                 thus every citizen will automatically receive
                                                                early detection throughout the school system        – A fair deal for older people                                      a State-funded Old Age Pension upon the
                                                              • Review progress on the Oncology Centre with         There must therefore be a social security system that               attainment of pensionable age.
   • Set standards and targets for outsourced medical           a view to establishing a fully functioning entity   guarantees to retired persons a decent life. We owe it to        - Increase the value of the monthly old aged
     services and facilities                                    within the first term of office.                    our seniors to reward them for their contribution to our            pension entitlement to $3,000.
   • Improve capacity within the Ministry of Health                                                                 nation.
     to communicate the plans and operations of the                                                                                                                             CHILDREN: RIGHTS AND PROTECTION –
     Public Health Care Sector to the general public       Responding to the Mental Health Crisis                   Our Government will:
   • Develop a policy to promote healthier lifestyles,        • Mental Health Care will be incorporated into all
                                                                                                                                                                                Children are the World
                                                                                                                       • Protect the rights of the Elderly.                     Our Government will:
     with emphasis on sport, nutrition and exercise to          levels of the Health Care System                       • Provide incentives for medical students to                  • Implement the provisions of the Children’s Act
     tackle the growing problems of obesity, diabetes         • Emphasis will be placed on reintegration of              specialize in Geriatric Medicine to care for our               and operationalize the Children’s Authority.
     and hypertension and HIV/AIDS                              former patients into Society                             aging population in Trinidad & Tobago.                      • Train more pediatricians and make their
   • Emphasize early diagnostic screening                     • The St. Ann’s Mental Hospital will be upgraded.

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            services more available in the public health         • Institute a regime of tax concessions on
            care system.                                           devices and apparatus used by the disabled.
       •    Increase measures for early identification and       • We will also revise the disability grant with a
            treatment of HIV infected children.                    view to increasing benefits.
       •    Strengthening NGOs at the community level            • We will enhance the support systems for
            to enable them to provide adequate support             families which have to care for differently-
            for intervention with Central and Local                abled members.
       •    There is a need to create facilities for displaced
            youth and youth at risk. No child below the
            age of sixteen shall be incarcerated for minor
       •    Review the National Youth Policy and
            strengthen it for currency and value to youth
            and for youth inclusion.

We recognize the differently-abled as possessing
potential which should be developed for the well-
being of the individual and the entire nation. We will                                                               GENDER EQUITY                                               public documents is gender-sensitive.
                                                                                                                                                                               • Champion the rights of women and mandate
fully integrate persons with disabilities into the society
and provide the highest standards of specialized                                                                     AND GENDER                                                  that women be adequately represented in
                                                                                                                                                                                 the boards of all state-related entities and as
education, health care and social services to assist them
to achieve personal independence, reach their fullest                                                                MAINSTREAMING                                               commissioners in all statutory authorities.
potential and enjoy a decent standard of living. In this                                                             Here Every Gender, Creed and Race                         • Pursue policies to allow women to have flexible
regard, our Government will collaborate with NGOs,                                                                                                                               working hours in recognition of the dual burden
                                                                                                                     Find an Equal Place                                         of women at home and at the workplace.
FBOs and the private sector to deliver programmes to
address the needs of the differently-abled.                                                                                                                                    • We will enact legislation which makes it
                                                                                                                     Our vision is to create a more gender sensitive society
Our Government will:                                                                                                                                                             mandatory for all public and private enterprises
                                                                                                                     with a greater awareness of women’s issues and rights.
        • Ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy                                                                                                                            to have private spaces which are available to
                                                                                                                     We will shape public policy and implement practices
          full equality, especially in the areas of                                                                                                                              mothers who are nursing their children.
                                                                                                                     which are gender-sensitive.
          education, (for example facilities including                                                                                                                         • Enact specific legislation to combat sexual
          access to classrooms, washrooms, seating,                                                                                                                              harassment in the workplace, enforced by
                                                                                                                     Our Government will:
          etc.) employment and accessibility to sites,                                                                                                                           a Sexual Harassment Commission attached
                                                                                                                        • Champion the elimination of all forms of
          buildings, services, and land, air and sea                                                                                                                             to the Ministry of Labour. Public and private
                                                                                                                          discrimination against women by promoting
          transportation.                                                                                                                                                        corporations will be held responsible for failure
                                                                                                                          gender equity enforced by strong Equal
        • The necessary regulatory legislative                                                                                                                                   to take adequate steps to protect employees
                                                                                                                          Opportunities Legislation and informed by a
          framework shall be established to ensure                                                                                                                               from sexual harassment.
                                                                                                                          National Gender Policy.
          equal access to all public spaces and to ensure                                                                                                                      • Champion legislation with particular relevance
                                                                                                                        • Ensure that the language of all legislation and
          equity in employment opportunities.                                                                                                                                    to women’s needs including equal pay for equal

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       work; equal opportunity in the workplace; and           affect women. Services will include screening,
       universal maternity benefits.                           treatment, medication and counselling for
  •    Provide required resources to the Labour                gender specific physical and mental illnesses.
       Inspectorate of the Ministry of Labour to           •   Establish a regular mobile clinic programme to
       eliminate exploitation of women in the                  reach women in rural communities.
       workplace and to promote decent work and            •   Review of the curriculum to provide education,
       work conditions with appropriate pay.                   awareness, support and guidance to young
  •    Strengthen legislation relating to domestic             persons, particularly girls, on reproductive health
       abuse and other forms of violence against               and life decisions.
       women and children; health and safety issues;       •   Develop lifestyle campaigns to achieve healthy
       access to premium health care; antenatal care;          lifestyles, to fight social ills including drugs, HIV/
       and the HIV/AIDS pandemic.                              AIDS and domestic violence amongst others.
  •    Promote legislative and cultural reform to ensure   •   Establish special programmes through the
       that men are protected from abuse as effectively
       as women.
                                                               Gender Affairs Division and in collaboration with
                                                               other organizations for women to develop and
                                                                                                                        NATIONAL YOUTH                                                 • Recognise youth as leaders today through
                                                                                                                                                                                         action; appointments to decision-making
  •    Implementation of a comprehensive programme
       of services to protect victims of domestic          •
                                                               enhance their leadership skills and qualities.
                                                               Develop male-specific training and employment
                                                                                                                        INVOLVEMENT                                                      bodies of government and visible respect will be
                                                                                                                                                                                         afforded to the leadership of legitimate youth
                                                                                                                        “Tell me – I forget; show me–I remember, but                     organisations.
       violence including:                                     programmes especially in at-risk communities.
       - Resurrection and revitalization of the            •   Revise the mandate of the Gender Affairs                 involve me and I will understand.”                             • Create community-based programmes that
          Community Policing Section.                          Division to serve also as a monitoring unit for the                                                                       encourage and empower social workers and
       - Maintenance of homes for battered and                 implementation of gender-specific initiatives,           In an effort to harness the energy, imagination,                 psychologists who will be responsible for smaller,
          abused women and children in a similar               conduct gender research and to develop                   intelligence and initiative of the youth in Trinidad and         manageable areas/communities to provide
          manner to assistance provided to drug                measures to address emerging challenges.                 Tobago in overcoming the challenges facing them and              support services to youth
          prevention and rehabilitation matters.           •   Conduct gender-disaggregated studies of                  our society, we will:                                          • Faith-based and community youth organisations
       - Revamping the Domestic Violence Unit within           youth employment which assist planners in                    • Recognise youth as an important partner in its             actively engaged in value-creating community
          the Gender Affairs Division.                         job creation for boys/men and girls/women as                     social development programmes in Trinidad &              work will be supported by the state to achieve
       - Increase the number of domestic violence safe         alternative to idleness, deviant behaviour, or                   Tobago                                                   desirable goals
          houses and apartments to house victims of            criminal employment. These findings should also              • Review and amend the National Youth Policy               • Facilitate and promote the notion of youth
          domestic violence.                                   be used to guide to curriculum development.                      (NYP) to make it relevant today (given that it           entrepreneurship in schools, communities and
       - Create a special department in the Legal          •   Day care centres will be made an essential                       was drafted in 2001) and implement it in such a          nationally
          Aid Services to attend to domestic violence          element of all Government work places and tax                    manner that all stakeholders who interface with
          victims seeking protection.                          incentives shall be provided to the private sector               young people are guided by it
  •    Strengthen the social service delivery sector to        to achieve same.                                             • Create a National Task Force that will research
       protect women’s rights and enhance women’s                                                                               and investigate a range of issues that affect
       welfare.                                                                                                                 youth which will serve as an advisory body of
  •    Establish Maternal Health and Support Units at                                                                           the National Youth Assembly. This Task Force will
       every public health facility in a decentralized                                                                          also review all relevant legislation that treat with
       health system to provide information and                                                                                 children and youth and make recommendations
       education on the causes, symptoms, treatment                                                                             for the creation of alternative approaches/spaces
       and prevention of all diseases and illnesses that                                                                        to address the needs of delinquent youth

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                                                                                                                            curricula will be revised to recognse and include      for the safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural
                                                                                                                            exposure to the plastic and performing arts, the       Heritage (2003).
                                                                                                                            history, development and practices of our local
                                                                                                                            traditions                                          The National Instrument / The Steelband
                                                                                                                        10. Facilitate research and development of the arts     Movement
                                                                                                                        11. Encourage the financial sector to introduce a
                                                                                                                            window for the development of the arts                 In collaboration with Pan Trinbago, Inc. and the
                                                                                                                        12. Enhance and facilitate the environment through         steelpan fraternity we will :
EMBRACING THE ARTS                                           To achieve this we will:
                                                             1. Create a clear policy for the arts                          which there is reciprocity between local and
Man Cannot Live by Bread Alone                               2. Create decentralised spaces for the expression              foreign art forms                                   • Establish a viable steelpan industry/pan factory
                                                                 and performance of the arts                            13. Work with the sector to develop Business              using local expertise and knowledge, including
A nation cannot seek its development exclusively in          3. Facilitate the establishment of festival villages.          opportunities and partnerships and to channel         the manufacturing of drums for the specific
political and economic matters. We believe that it is        4. Provide fiscal incentives for the promotion of              investments                                           purpose of producing the national instrument
in the arts that the spirit of our people emerges and            the arts                                                                                                       • Establish a chrome and powder coating facility
that the possibilities inherent in artistic endeavour        5. Strengthen the enforcement of the copyright             Culture                                                 • Facilitate on going research and development
need to be nurtured. A cultural environment that frees           laws                                                   • Release for public comment on the Draft                 programmes on the steelpan
up our people for creative expression will strengthen        6. Establish an independent body for the                     National Cultural Policy, which will regulate         • Upgrade of tuning facilities to support and
national identity, without in any way, stifling individual       endowment of the arts to give financial and              the cultural sector, creating protocols for             expand the current cadre of tuners and pan
expression and diversity.                                        other support to individual artists, artistic            relationships between the ministry and                  builders through training and mechanisation.
                                                                 organizations, productions and festivals                 representative groups, policy for arts institution    • Encourage the establishment of a cooperative
   We will develop this vital sector on the following        7. Make cultural promotion an essential function             and funding for the sector, amongst other things        type business venture for persons in the steelpan
     pillars:                                                    of Overseas Missions                                   • The proper resourcing of Trinidad & Tobago Film         fraternity
   • Respect the work of our creative people                 8. Support the development of a network of                   Company and the T&T entertainment Company             • Complete the construction of the National
   • Use the arts to strengthen our national identity            community museums, equipped with efficient             • A percentage of National Lottery money                  Headquarters for Pan Trinbago, Inc. at the Trincity
     and to foster the spirit of unity in diversity              systems for archiving and protecting our legacy          will be directed towards a transparent grant            site and develop the site in collaboration with
   • Generate sustainable livelihood for persons                 of artefacts, documents, buildings, and cultural         scheme administered by a properly constituted           Pan Trinbago
     directly involved in the arts                               skills, both traditional and new                         Foundation for Arts.
   • Allow for the sharing of our creative products          9. Enhance training of arts administrators,                • Ratification of the UNESCO Convention on the
     and talents with the rest of the world                      curators, art historians, archivists, and tutors,        Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of
                                                                 creative and technical practitioners. The schools’       Cultural Expressions (2005) and the Convention

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                                                                                                              Sport as an Industry – Making Sport Self-Sufficient       managed by cubs/associations
                                                                                                                 • Facilitate research and development in sports      • Design state-of-the-art facilities, such as
                                                                                                                    science                                             swimming pools, and other summer sport to
                                                                                                                 • Develop a National Sport Policy with rewards         attract athletes from North America and Europe
                                                                                                                    and incentives based on meritocracy with            to rent our facilities during winter months
                                                                                                                    reference to working documents laid in            • Competitive sport and sports facilities will be
SPORTS AND                                              • Sport will be an integral part of curriculum from
                                                          Early Childhood to Secondary
                                                                                                                    Parliament                                          managed and administered by independent
                                                                                                                 • Enhance regional sporting events in areas such       national sporting organisations (NSOs) within
RECREATION FOR                                          • Implement Policies to develop both recreational
                                                          and competitive dimensions of Sport for all
                                                                                                                    as football, cricket, boxing, golf, swimming,       each community in accordance with national
                                                                                                                    fishing and auto racing to build tourism sport      sports policy
LEISURE AND                                               levels of individual ability                              industry                                          • NSOs to be registered with the Ministry of Sport
                                                        • Create an environment in which citizens of all
COMPETITION                                               ages are encouraged to participate in sport,
                                                                                                                 • Encourage individuals to pursue sports medicine,
                                                                                                                    including psychology and physiotherapy
Developing a Fit and Healthy Nation                       whether recreational or competitive                    • The development of our growing sports tourism
                                                        • Mandate implementing agencies of the Ministry             industry will be a priority
Trinidad and Tobago is a sport-oriented society which     of Sport to seek and develop linkages with
must be recognised as an essential aspect to the          external bodies, including academic institutions,   Sporting Facilities
development of our social and human capital. We           sports academies and sports clubs and teams to         • Establish sporting academies to optimise the
believe sports can form the foundation of a thriving      provide greater opportunities for our upcoming            training of our sportsmen and women
industry and be an important component in the             athletes to hone their skills                          • Provide first-class training and management
diversification of the economy.                         • The Ministry of Trade will work with sporting             skills for our national coaches and sports
                                                          associations to encourage sportsmen and                   managers in all disciplines
We will:                                                  sportswomen to take advantage of various trade         • Channel the best sporting individuals from the
Develop Our People through Sport                          agreements, which afford them greater access to           schools into the sport academies
   • Sport is integral to the promotion of healthy        foreign markets.                                       • Key sporting facilities will be maintained and
      lifestyles of our People

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WORKERS AT                                                so that workers’ rights can be protected and their
                                                          conditions improved. We further declare that there
                                                                                                                        Appointment of Judges to the Industrial Court Will
                                                                                                                        Be in Keeping with the Following Principles
THE CENTRE                                                should be decent jobs and job security for all. In this
                                                          regard, the following general principles should be
                                                                                                                             • The need for an independent Judiciary
                                                                                                                             • Removal of ministerial/political interference in
Working to Build a Productive Nation                      adhered to.                                                          the process of appointment of judges
                                                                                                                             • The need for security of tenure for judges to
                                                          Achieving a more equitable distribution of wealth                    ensure fearless Judiciary
                                                             • Ensure that the objective of decent work, which          The following pieces of legislation will be reviewed
                                                               includes the right to join a trade union and the         for improvements, commensurate with a modern,
                                                               right to collective bargaining, focusing especially      enlightened society.
                                                               on workers in the security sector, fast food                  • Retrenchment and Severance Benefits Act
                                                               industry, retail sales and those employed by                  • Companies Act
                                                               contractors, who are particularly at risk, benefit            • Repeal of Workmen’s Compensation Act
                                                               from a more equitable position of wealth                      • Occupational Safety and Health Act
                                                             • Adhere to the general objectives of the ILO                   • Supplemental Police Act
                                                               position on Decent Work
                                                                                                                        Maternity and Paternity Protection
                                                          PROPOSALS                                                       • The Maternity Protection Act, 1/2000 will be
                                                          Amendments Will Be Made to the                                     amended to provide for 14 weeks maternity
                                                          Industrial Relations Act (IRA)                                     leave – the international standard
                                                          The existing legislation is severely limited and will be        • Provisions for paternity leave will be made
                                                          reviewed with the intention of striking an appropriate
                                                          balance between all the parties involved, ensuring            The Minimum Wage
                                                          that necessary action is taken within an appropriate             • The minimum wage will be reviewed for
                                                          timeframe.                                                          appropriate improvement
                                                          Two matters need to be clearly addressed with                    • The minimum Wages board will be appointed
                                                          urgency:                                                            without delay
                                                              i) The right of workers to join a trade union of their       • Unions will be engaged to play a constructive
Labour within Trinidad and Tobago should
                                                                  choice is to be enforced and protected                      role in productivity and competitiveness
be organised as a positive force for economic
                                                              ii) Currently the status of certain classes of workers,     The Master and Servants Ordinance, which is an old
development. We will partner with labour unions to
                                                                  (including domestic workers, gardeners,                 colonial law, and contrary to the Decent Work policy
work beyond the frontiers of traditional collective
                                                                  amongst others) is not fully protected. The rights      of the International Labour Organisation, will be
bargaining of higher wages and better working
                                                                  of these workers require legislative attention and      repealed.
conditions. These considerations, important in
                                                                  this will be done
themselves, must be seen within the framework of
                                                                                                                        Migrant Labour
workers taking up their responsibility to participate
                                                                                                                           • Implement a proper policy on migrant labour
in decision-making and control at the level of the
                                                          Process of Decertification of Trade Unions                         • Establish an authority to monitor migrant
firm, as well as the national level. The major emphasis
                                                          This extreme provision is to be removed and replaced                labour
of organised labour then, would be the economic
                                                          with more equitable measures to ensure that                      • Ensure that migrant Labour is not to be used to
development of country, ensuring this development
                                                          infractions by parties are dealt with more objectively.             the disadvantage of local labour

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                                                                                                                           food production will be identified and that         • We will increase the energy efficiency of our
                                                                                                                           areas requiring protection for environmental or       industries to combat climate change.
                                                                                                                           ecological reasons will be clearly designated       • We will establish an incentive scheme that will
                                                                                                                       •   We shall create an action plan for sewage             support individuals, companies, and in particular
                                                                                                                           treatment and clean water for all, as well            heavy industry and buildings which engage in
                                                                                                                           as immediately lay in Parliament the Draft            energy-saving measures. “Green” buildings will
                                                                                                                           Air Pollution Rules and the Draft Solid and           be encouraged
                                                                                                                           Hazardous Waste Rules which are mandatory
                                                                                                                           requirements of the Environmental Management
                                                                                                                       •   We will formulate a work plan to ensure that
                                                                                                                           drainage and flooding problems are solved once
                                                                                                                           and for all
                                                                                                                       •   We will develop and implement an integrated
                                                                                                                           coastal zone management strategy, which
                                                                                                                           requires a synergy between Government
                                                                                                                           agencies and coastal community stakeholders
                                                                                                                           for protecting, restoring, enhancing and
                                                                                                                           developing our coastal and marine resources,
MANAGING OUR                                                restoration of areas that have been damaged by
                                                            poor and dangerous practices of development and
                                                                                                                           in a sustainable manner. The NEP would be
                                                                                                                           reviewed to provide for no loss of mangroves
ENVIRONMENT                                                 to strengthen community-based environmental
                                                            projects. This is to be administered by an independent
                                                                                                                       •   We will continue and enhance the programmes
There Can Be No Sustainable Development                     body with well defined and publicised criteria for the
                                                                                                                           of reforestation and the beautification of all
without Respect for the Environment                                                                                        highways and public places by the planting
                                                            disbursement of funds.
                                                                                                                           of trees and flowers and we will strengthen
We recognise that the environment, in all its                                                                              conservation practices across the country
                                                            Our government will discourage the development of
dimensions is an issue that encompasses across                                                                         •   We will provide incentives to develop a recycling
                                                            any industry that threatens the environment to the
ministries, and society. As a result, an individual                                                                        industry, thereby creating employment and
                                                            detriment of human development. Additionally, we
ministry should be set up to treat with issues related to                                                                  encouraging entrepreneurship, starting
                                                            will heed the concerns of our citizens as related to
the environment as opposed to its current status as an                                                                     immediately with the Beverage Container Bill,
                                                            environmental issues.
appendage to another ministry. It must be central to                                                                       which has already been prepared by the EMA.
sustainable human development.                                                                                         •   We will establish parks and other initiatives to
                                                               • We will introduce the Planning and Development
                                                                                                                           encourage community and family wellness.
                                                                 of Land Bill (PDLB) with appropriate adjustments
We need to review the approved National                                                                                    Furthermore, we will set up a National Parks
                                                                 as may be required, to govern land use planning
Environmental Policy (NEP) integrating its various                                                                         and Recreation Authority, for the purpose
                                                                 and development so that development can take
dimensions to conform to international commitments,                                                                        of conserving, protecting and maintaining
                                                                 place in a coherent and sustainable manner and
including Copenhagen.                                                                                                      environmentally sensitive areas
                                                                 housing development will be located within
                                                                                                                       •   We will strengthen and promote efforts at nature
                                                                 the context of the land use plan. This will also
We shall effectively utilise the Green Fund for the                                                                        conservation, in particular the conservation of
                                                                 mean that land suitable for agriculture and
                                                                                                                           bio-diversity regimes

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                                                 MANAGING OUR                                                  proving-up of new reserves in order to maintain a
                                                                                                               healthy reserves-to-production ratio
                                                 ENERGY ASSETS                                             •   Provide incentives for research and development
                                                                                                               on alternative energy sources with a view to the
                                                 Winning for Today and Tomorrow                                establishment of an alternative energy industry
                                                                                                           •   Resolve the issues of marginal field production,
                                                 R   ecognising the continuous decline of our
                                                     hydrocarbon resources, our government will
                                                 introduce a number of policy initiatives. We will
                                                                                                               heavy oil recovery, tar sands and small operators in
                                                                                                               order to stimulate these sectors
                                                                                                           •   Continuation of the modernisation of the retail
                                                 guide the exploration, exploitation, utilisation and
                                                                                                               marketing sector
                                                 monetisation of our Energy Resources for current and
                                                                                                           •   Increase in the local content, participation and
                                                 future generations, while safeguarding and protecting
            ACTION                                                                                             ownership in energy projects, throughout the value
                                                 the environment.
            FOR A THRIVING ECONOMY                                                                             added chain and the services sector
            AND A SUSTAINABLE                                                                              •   Resolution of outstanding issues of collaboration
                                                 We will ensure that the following are achieved:
            FUTURE                                                                                             with other energy producers in the Caribbean and
                                                 • Establishment of a gas utilisation and pricing policy
                                                                                                               Latin American region, with special attention to
                                                   based on a national consultation, which will be
                                                                                                               Petrocaribe and CSME
                                                   initiated immediately
                                                                                                           •   Review and evaluatuation of the role, functions
                                                 • Immediate re-establishment of a project evaluation
                                                                                                               and overall management of the Ministry of Energy
                                                   unit with the necessary capacity to evaluate all
            SECTION OPENER                                                                                     and its related agencies to determine the extent to
                                                   gas-based projects with a view to ensuring that
                                                                                                               which they satisfy the national energy needs and
                                                   citizens are informed of the opportunity cost and
                                                                                                               contribute to national development
                                                   the maximum benefits from such projects
                                                                                                           •   We will also proactively seek investment and
                                                 • Comprehensive review, revision and updating
                                                                                                               partnership opportunities in third and fourth
                                                   of the laws, taxation, regulations and practices
                                                                                                               generation renewable energy alternatives. This will
                                                   governing the energy industry, so that there will
                                                                                                               link our energy policy, research and development
                                                   be transparency and accountability in all matters.
                                                                                                               initiative and provide new, high-value jobs for our
                                                   Before new energy-based industrial plants are
                                                                                                               people, while simultaneously contributing to our
                                                   given final approval, stakeholder consultations
                                                                                                               nation’s energy security
                                                   will be required. Our government will immediately
                                                   implement the Extractive Industries Transparency
                                                   Initiative (EITI)
                                                 • Expansion of the skill sets for national development
                                                   with a view of transferability to other sectors and
                                                   the capacity of existing tertiary sector institutions
                                                   to provide this will be reviewed to determine a way
                                                   forward for expanding capacity
                                                 • Development and implementation of a natural gas
                                                   allocation policy to ensure national energy security
                                                 • Energy security by addressing the exploration and

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                                                                                                                           investments for wealth creation at home
                                                                                                                         • Strengthen the institutions (e.g. Trinidad and
                                                                                                                           Tobago Bureau of Standards; Customs; Food
                                                                                                                           and Drugs) that facilitate trade and protect our
                                                                                                                         • Strengthen linkages between institutions of
                                                                                                                           research and development with productive
                                                                                                                           sectors in order to develop mechanisms for
                                                                                                                           market penetration (linking domestic production
                                                                                                                           to export markets)
                                                                                                                         • Link the producer with the market via
                                                                                                                           strengthening the Trade Directorate to ensure
                                                                                                                           delivery in four major areas: trade negotiations,
                                                                                                                           trade facilitation, market intelligence for
                                                                                                                           industry, and a vehicle for attracting direct
TRADE AND INDUSTRY                                           pharmaceuticals, food production, processing and
                                                             alternative energy and third and fourth generation
                                                                                                                           foreign investment into the non-energy sector.
                                                                                                                           This will require:
The Life Blood of the Economy                                renewable energy industries.                                  - Strengthening human resource competence
                                                                                                                              in trade negotiation through intensified and

T   he guiding principles of our trade policy will be
    that trade must result in economic and social
benefits for our people. We recognise that the role
                                                             Within the first year in government, we will consult,
                                                             develop and begin the implementation of a National
                                                                                                                              targeted training. In this regard, we will seek
                                                                                                                              to ensure continuity and backup in sub-
                                                             Export Strategy, an Industrial Policy, and a National            divisions of the ministry.
of government is to facilitate trade but that it is the      Services Industries Strategy.                                 - The creation of a functional linkage between
private sector which engages in trade.                                                                                        the Trade Directorate, Ministry of External
                                                             We will therefore:                                               Affairs and foreign missions by attaching
An effective trade regime, therefore, requires strategic        • Implement existing trade agreements in                      Trade Promotion Officers to select, strategic
linkages amongst relevant ministries such as the                   collaboration with our CARICOM partners and                missions.
Ministries of Trade, Agriculture, Tourism, Energy and              continually ensure compatibility with existing          - Support for the Private Sector’s efforts
Foreign Affairs through their trade delegations and                trade treaties and arrangements with CSME, WTO             to penetrate new markets by facilitating
foreign missions and the private sector.                           requirements                                               market feasibility studies and other forms of
                                                                • Ensure continuous dialogue with the                         intelligence.
An industrial policy is critical in creating the platform          private sector and other stakeholders in order to       - Development of an appropriate incentive
upon which international trade takes place. The                    effectively pursue international arrangements              scheme to encourage local and foreign
industrial policy will identify the areas in which we will         which are likely to result in greater, beneficial          investment in sectors of focus for economic
diversify the economy; amongst which the following                 economic activity                                          diversification and for investment in new
have been already identified. Knowledge-based                   • Pursue a more aggressive trade policy with                  sectors especially those that can be supported
industries, cultural and entertainment                             Central America and South America in particular            by a well-educated workforce based on
industries, ethnic products, food processing, the               • Leverage the Caribbean diaspora to provide                  throughput from the tertiary sector.
maritime industry, services industries, biotechnology,             “beachheads” into developed country markets
information technology, high-tech manufacturing,                   and leverage human capital assets and

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                                                                                                                      FOOD PRODUCTION
                                                                                                                      AND FOOD SECURITY
                                                                                                                      Creating a Food Secure Nation

                                                                                                                      F  ood security is a prerequisite to people-centred
                                                                                                                         development. Agriculture with the right policy
                                                                                                                      framework, a targeted focus on identified challenges
                                                                                                                      and encouragement to farmers can make a huge
                                                                                                                      contribution to economic growth. The sector comprises
                                                                                                                      small- and large-scale farming, floriculture, niche
                                                                                                                      markets such as the cocoa industry, fisheries, livestock,
                                                                                                                      agro-forestry and agro-processing. A report by the
                                                                                                                      Food and Agriculture Organization in 2006 indicated
                                                                                                                      that appropriate policy and financial support can
TOURISM                                                                                                               solve the problem of food production and significantly
                                                                                                                      increase food security in Trinidad and Tobago.
DEVELOPMENT                                                                                                           Increased food production and food security will
Capitalising on Our Diversity – People and                                                                            decrease our food import bill and lower the price of
                                                           Our goal will be to increase the contribution of           food, while at the same time increasing prosperity for
Natural Assets                                             tourism to the GDP and to critically examine the           our farmers and providing sustainable livelihoods for
                                                           recently developed National Tourism Policy of              more workers.
T   ourism is an important platform through which we
    will create sustainable employment opportunities
for our people, create international relationships and
                                                           Trinidad and Tobago with a view to implementation
                                                           after modification to achieve sustainable expansion        Pillars of Development for Agriculture
                                                                                                                                                                                  KEY INITIATIVES
                                                                                                                                                                                     • Comprehensively address support infrastructure
                                                           of the sector. We further commit to developing the             1. Respect for agriculture, the farmers and the land          challenges to food security in the first year of
allow the world, a taste of the finer things of Trinidad   industry in consultation with all major stakeholders.                                                                        government
                                                                                                                          2. Affordable food on a sustained basis
and Tobago. Because of our plurality and rich cultural     We see carnival, cultural diversity and festivals                                                                         • Initiate integrated action on water resources
                                                                                                                          3. Sustainable livelihood for farmers
diversity, maximising our tourism potential requires       constituting an anchor around which a significant,                                                                           management, drainage, irrigation, flooding
                                                                                                                          4. A mixture of traditional and technology-driven
multiple approaches to development. This includes          year-round tourism industry can be developed. We                                                                             water capture, conservation, sustainable food
the exploration and expansion of all the variety of        will strengthen and develop local tourism centres                                                                            production and food security
                                                                                                                          5. Regional and extra-regional joint ventures
tourism products including but not restricted to           across rural Trinidad to enhance local tourism and to                                                                     • Increase agriculture’s contribution to GDP from
                                                                                                                             to achieve economies of scale and export
recreation, sport, health, leisure, business, festivals,   achieve a more diversified range of tourism products                                                                         less than 0.6% to 3% in 5 years
culture and eco-tourism. While, indeed, the global         in order to support a rural industrialization thrust.                                                                     • Identify an umbrella institution to synergise
                                                                                                                          6. Functional linkages between research and
crisis has negatively affected this sector worldwide,      We will set targets for the sector and incentivise their                                                                     all existing institutions and information on
                                                                                                                             development and the sector to strengthen
signs of international turnaround auger well for a well    achievements. We will work collaboratively with the                                                                          research and development for agriculture. This
                                                                                                                             knowledge applications
positioned and implemented programme that casts T          House of Assembly and the tourism sector in Tobago to                                                                        will include issues of tissue culture, product
and T as a choice destination.                             ensure that tourism is sustainably developed in Tobago.                                                                      identification and development, pest control,
                                                                                                                      The objective is to make Trinidad & Tobago a food-
                                                                                                                      secure nation.                                                    quality improvements and appropriate science
                                                                                                                                                                                        and technology.

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  • Strategically link extension services to farmers as
    part of a sustainable system                          •
                                                              co-operative efforts
                                                              Fast-track the transfer of deeds and titles to
  • Link state temporary work programmes with                 farmers frustrated over the years by impediments    Both an Enabler and a Consequence of
    rural development need, so we will look into              to legitimate ownership and inability to use land   Development
    the possibility of expanding CEPEP and URP to             as collateral in financial transactions
    provide labour and infrastructure support to the
    farming community
  • Once support infrastructure challenges are
                                                              Introduction of a crop insurance system
                                                              Training of farmer in HACCP (Hazard Analysis and
                                                              Critical Control Points) and other sanitary and
                                                                                                                  W      e recognise that physical infrastructure is both
                                                                                                                         an enabler and a consequence of development.
                                                                                                                  While the current government has spent billions on
    addressed, we will manage, monitor, maintain              phytosanitary requirements                          infrastructure, some of its key components, which are
    and sustain support system for food production        •   Implement a zero waste policy where the by-         critical to improving the quality of life of our people,
  • Introduce incentives to foster a multi-sectoral           products from agro-processing can be used as a      remain woefully inadequate.
    approach to agricultural development such as              feed stock for farmers
    agriculture/tourism, agriculture/culture. Tobago      •   Design and implement a package of incentives        We see infrastructure as the basis for developing
    is already leading the way                                to encourage value-added beyond primary             human capital, indigenous capacity and expanding
  • Where necessary to propel the sector, the state           production                                          our skills base. When foreign firms are involved
    will partner with the private sector in strategic     •   Management of marine resources and the              in infrastructure projects, knowledge transfer
    areas. Similar to approach taken to energy                coastal communities that depend on them             arrangements will be negotiated into contracts. So, too,
  • Strengthening institutional marketing to                                                                      will local content quotas.
    support farmers for domestic and international
    penetration                                                                                                   Our policy on infrastructure will be based on ensuring       the construction of new bridges and the re-
  • We will introduce a wage support mechanism for                                                                quality, reliability and maintenance of existing             construction of existing bridges.
    farmers hiring labour in specific food production                                                             infrastructure while adopting transparent and              • Housing – We commit to the provision of
    activities to encourage and attract youth of every                                                            fair procurement practices. We commit to making              quality housing for citizens, to be distributed
    race and region to agriculture depending on                                                                   significant improvements to the nation’s infrastructure,     in a timely manner and in a fair and equitable
    their interest and inclination.                                                                               with a special focus on the following:                       manner. Our housing policy will be based on the
  • Incentivize the banking sector to provide a                                                                                                                                development of homes, families and sustainable
    window for agricultural investment                                                                               • Water – We are committed to pursuing water              communities and will be aligned to an overall
  • Working with tertiary education sector to                                                                          security for the nation through effective               land use policy.
    strengthen curriculum to provide trained human                                                                     water catchment management policies. this             • Land Tenure and Title – Our government will
    resources in areas such as technology, harvesting                                                                  will include water for the people, agriculture,         resume the programme of regularisation of
    techniques, farm management, agro-processing,                                                                      industry and the protection of the environment          unplanned settlements in accordance with the
    agro-entrepreneurship                                                                                            • Transportation – The most effective modes of            provisions of the Regularization of Land Tenure
  • Introduce a national “agricultural land”                                                                           transportation will be adopted to move people           Act, No. 25 of 1998. We also recognise the issues
    information inventory system which documents                                                                       and goods within Trinidad, within Tobago and            of land titles, particularly in Tobago, and we
    all allocations by the state and soil profiles to                                                                  between Trinidad and Tobago, all guided by a            commit to effectively addressing this issue.
    enable government to optimize state land usage                                                                     national transportation study.
  • Effect a National Land Use Policy that specifies                                                                 • Roads & Bridges – A National Roads and Bridges
    and protects land to be used exclusively for                                                                       Authority will be established to determine
    agriculture                                                                                                        the appropriate network of major roads,
  • Regularise “squatter farm lands” on the basis of                                                                   highways, underpasses and overpasses and

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INFORMATION &                                               • Promote the use of IT in SMEs and the informal
                                                              sector to increase productivity, decrease
                                                                                                                    TOBAGO SIDE BY SIDE                                          •
                                                                                                                                                                                     Tobago and Trinidad
                                                                                                                                                                                     Facilitate the establishment of institutions
                                                                                                                    Side by Side and Together,
COMMUNICATION                                                 expenditure and to increase sales channels
                                                            • Integrate internet-enabled education                  Not One Behind the Other
                                                                                                                                                                                     to deal with social issues, such as juvenile
                                                                                                                                                                                     delinquency, drug abuse and rehabilitation
TECHNOLOGY (ICT)                                              throughout the school system                                                                                       •   Ensure that all government public services will
Infrastructure for Human Connectivity and                   • Increase broadband internet coverage                  The people of Tobago will have a major role in                   be accessible in Tobago
                                                            • Lower telecommunications costs, including high-       determining their present and future development.            •   We will also take steps to mitigate the negative
Backbone of the Knowledge Economy                             speed internet access                                 Before negotiating international treaties of major               impact of the higher cost of living in Tobago
                                                            • Video conferencing to be made affordable              importance, in particular those affecting the                •   We will strengthen democracy, participation and
In order to be a competitive nation in the global             and universally accessible to promote less            sovereignty and territorial integrity of Trinidad and            inclusion by the people of Tobago in local and
knowledge economy we will link our diversification            commuting and therefore less traffic                  Tobago, and in matters which particularly affect                 national affairs
strategy to the creation of knowledge industries in         • Establish within the Police Service, a Digital        Tobago, the Government will partner with the Tobago
order to create high-end jobs. This will be achieved by       Security Agency, to detect, combat and protect        House of Assembly.                                        Our approach to national sustainable development
installing basic, technology-driven infrastructure so as      against cybercrime in both the private and                                                                      emphasises competitive industries, inclusion of
to create the information superhighway to connect us          public sectors.                                       Our sustainable development approach for the country      the people, partnership through participation in
locally, regionally and internationally. We will take all   • Recognise the IT industry as one of the pillars of    at large addresses the major sectors of development,      governance, higher paying and more sustainable
necessary steps to ensure that access to ICT is extended      our economy                                           which in large measure covers the requirements of         jobs with human development and social support for
to every household – making Trinidad & Tobago a             • Improve the operation of the Central Statistical      both islands, Tobago and Trinidad.                        people, families and communities being at the centre
connected nation.                                             Office, collecting additional information relevant    In collaboration with the people of Tobago we will,       of the development process. These very principles will
                                                              to today’s digital world (e.g. number of internet     however, attend to these specific areas:                  guide our approach to development in Tobago as it will
Our ICT plan will be focused on creating opportunities        users, information on services industry, number                                                                 in Trinidad. However, we recognise that Trinidad and
for our people and enhancing the quality of their lives.      of persons involved in the services sector,service       • Revisit the provisions of the Tobago House           Tobago may be one nation but Tobago and Trinidad are
To do this, we will create productive and sustainable         sector exporters etc.). Use electronic means to            of Assembly Act, and in particular, the Fifth        separate islands and that special initiatives are required
employment opportunities on a large scale by                  collect data and disseminate information, so that          Schedule, with a view to granting greater            to address this reality.
accelerating human development via vastly improved            it is available in weeks, rather than years.               autonomy and responsibility to the people of
and expanded education and health care services,            • Review all relevant legislation to enable a                Tobago over matters that directly impact on
which will be supported by IT platforms; make Trinidad        thriving, secure digital environment, specifically,        Tobago
cyber secure; give T and T’s IT industry a boost in the       the Data Protection Bill, Electronic Transaction         • Define the Housing and Land Settlements
domestic economy and create export capacity; and use          Bill, Amendments to the Telecommunications                 Programme while taking into account the
IT to assist with eliminating corruption.                     Act, Amendments to the Exchequer and Audit                 cultural preferences of the people of Tobago
                                                              Act.                                                     • Implement measures to regularise land
Specifically, we will take measures to:                                                                                  titles in Tobago based on a review of the
   • Implement an e-Citizen’s card with citizen                                                                          recommendations of recent reports on this
      identification number to eventually replace                                                                        matter
      electoral ID card and all other identification                                                                   • Provide the resources for Tobago to undertake
      systems. This will allow citizens to be able to                                                                    a sustainable development plan which seeks to
      authenticate themselves for online services                                                                        achieve the full potential of the people of Tobago
      from government, resulting in the more                                                                           • Complete all infrastructural projects currently in
      efficient delivery of government services to the                                                                   train
      population                                                                                                       • Strengthen air and sea transport between

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FOREIGN POLICY AND                                              erratic, at times contradictory and supported at
                                                                best by a few selected policy-makers.
                                                                                                                          much as possible, a common and proactive
                                                                                                                          policy stand among the CARICOM Members                 •
                                                                                                                                                                                     in Trinidad and Tobago
                                                                                                                                                                                     Engaging in a significant recruitment drive
FOREIGN RELATIONS                                         These fundamental policy directives lead to the
                                                                                                                          with regard to critical issues such as the “forced
                                                                                                                          returnees” from the United States and the UK,
                                                                                                                                                                                     and training effort at all levels, to build
                                                                                                                                                                                     and strengthen capacities in the field of
Leveraging the World to Support National                  adoption of the following policy proposals:                     the reconstruction of Haiti, the “Bolivarian               international relations and diplomacy, and for
Development                                                  • Foreign Policy formulation and implementation              Alternative” (ALBA), climate change and                    this purpose, use and expand as necessary
                                                                will be subject to parliamentary debate and               sustainable development                                    existing institutions, among them the Institute of
                                                                oversight, possibly in the context of the annual        • In order to strengthen and deepen the relations            International Relations (UWI, St. Augustine)
                                                                budget debate. The Special Parliamentary                  with CARICOM and its various institutions,             •   Assessing the locations and staffing of Foreign
                                                                Committee on Foreign Affairs, will as established         Trinidad and Tobago will appoint a special                 Missions and Embassies with a view to making
                                                                in the Standing Orders, will be activated to              envoy/ambassador to CARICOM.                               appropriate changes so as to make them more
                                                                consult with various stakeholders on matters            • A more active, but selective participation will            effective in the implementation of the Country’s
                                                                related to Foreign Policy.                                be pursued in the work of the United Nations               foreign policy
                                                             • International Treaties and other Government                System of Organisations, in particular in those        •   Reactivating, in the Ministry of the Attorney
                                                                to Government Agreements, including Trade                 areas which are directly in line with Trinidad             General, a properly staffed Human Rights
                                                                Agreements especially those imposing heavy                & Tobago’s national development objectives,                Bureau with the mandate to monitoring the
                                                                financial burden, will be subject to public               i.e. the environment, poverty reduction, the               implementation of the various international
                                                                information and scrutiny before final signature.          millennium development goals, human rights,                human rights instruments, including the periodic
                                                             • International treaties of major importance, in             drugs and crime, and world trade.                          reporting to the international human rights
                                                                particular those affecting the sovereignty and                                                                       community
                                                                territorial integrity of Trinidad & Tobago will be   Institutional Requirements/Implications: A new              •   Establishing, a joint unit between the Ministry of
                                                                subject to a popular referendum                      approach to governance in foreign policy and foreign            Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Foreign
                                                             • A proper balance will be struck in the pursuit        affairs, will require:                                          Affairs. A properly staffed Trade Delegation
We recognise and uphold:                                        of foreign policy objectives between bilateral           • Establishing a Trinidad and Tobago Council                which will be in the lead in terms of trade and
   • That foreign policy’s primary function must be             and multilateral channels, whereby a certain                 on Foreign Relations, composed of prominent             investment promotion and the various trade
     the pursuit of national development objectives             priority will be given to multilateral diplomacy,            persons from in and out of government, from             negotiations, thus dealing with aspects of major
     and interests, i.e. the sustainable human                  at the regional level through CARICOM, and                   civil society and academia, with a distinguished        importance in Trinidad and Tobago’s current
     development and human security of all the                  at the interregional level through the Inter-                international relations background, to act in an        development scenario
     people of Trinidad and Tobago                              American system, the European Union, and the                 advisory and monitoring function with regard to     •   Strengthening our High Commission in India
   • That foreign policy and its implementation must            Commonwealth                                                 foreign policy formulation and implementation           and establish a full-fledged mission in China
     be guided by the principles of good governance,         • On CARICOM more specifically, Trinidad                    • Redefining the role, mandate and function                 in recognition of the growing influence of
     i.e. transparency, accountability, participation           and Tobago will re-engage fully with the                     of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make              these two countries in world affairs and their
     and effective representation                               regional integration process and contribute                  it the primary agency responsible for the               emergence as major world economic powers
   • The call for a new approach to foreign policy,             to the strengthening of the overall CARICOM                  implementation and coordination in the conduct          and centres of influence
     based on the principles of good governance for             framework, including the CSME. In this context,              of foreign policy and foreign affairs
     the benefit of the people and not for the prestige         the recent initiative of establishing economic           • Rebuilding the foreign relations capacities
     and self-aggrandizement of a few                           and political union between Trinidad & Tobago                of the ministry, which is grossly understaffed,
   • The call also for a cohesive approach to foreign           and some States of the Eastern Caribbean is                  undertrained and underequipped, by bringing
     policy planning and implementation, as against             considered divisive and will be reversed.                    in, at least temporarily, the necessary expertise
     a day-to-day decision-making process, often             • Also, Trinidad and Tobago will promote, as                    of senior and experienced people easily available

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                                                                                                                   3. The crime and personal security issues will be          7. We will have clean, responsible and responsive
                                                                                                                      decidedly improved and the justice system                  government with legislative changes and
                                                                                                                      overhauled resulting in faith that justice will be         constitutional amendments to curb excesses and
                                                                                                                      done and seen to be done. Poverty will also be             abuse of power. There will also be an emphasis
                                                                                                                      reduced on a systematic basis and the quality of           on transparency and accountability.
                                                                                                                      life in individual homes will be further improved
                                                                                                                      by our home-focused strategy. More people               8. We will have immediate action in specific areas
                                                                                                                      will be empowered to achieve sustainable                   identified in our 120-day plan that will begin to
                                                                                                                      livelihoods and more children will achieve in              make a difference immediately such as measures
                                                                                                                      school.                                                    for water resources management, flood control,
                                                                                                                                                                                 irrigation and fixing all leaks in the WASA system.
                                                                                                                   4. We will achieve food security as a reality and
                                                                                                                      in the process effectively address the issue            9. The tone of the country will change and barriers
                                                                                                                      of water resources management, including                   will be broken down through consultation,
                                                                                                                      flooding and water security and that will have a           participation, involvement and consensus-
                                                                                                                      direct effect on our quality of life and the price         building. This will help us to achieve unity of
                                                                                                                      of food. By linking workers to the productive              purpose in our efforts and partnership and trust
                                                                                                                      process and to sustainable initiatives, we will            in the society.
                                                                                                                      improve productivity and enhance sustainable
                                                                                                                      development practices throughout the country.        We invite you to be a part of the economic and political
                                                                                                                                                                           transformation of Trinidad and Tobago.
                                                                                                                   5. We will be strengthening our energy industry,
                                                                                                                      but we will also be building for a sustainable       We recognise that a holistic and synergistic approach
WHAT DIFFERENCE                                           1. All development would take place in the context
                                                             of a land use and physical planning framework
                                                                                                                      future linked to alternative energy and new
                                                                                                                      knowledge and creative industries such as sport,
                                                                                                                                                                           to sustainable development is necessary to achieve
                                                                                                                                                                           meaningful and lasting results. Accordingly, structures,
WILL A MANIFESTO                                             and that sustainable development principles
                                                             will apply. There will be order and purpose in
                                                                                                                      entertainment, festivals, information technology,
                                                                                                                      biotechnology, high-tech manufacturing, light
                                                                                                                                                                           mechanisms and institutions will be created as may
                                                                                                                                                                           be required to effect coordination, integration and
MAKE?                                                        development strategy and execution.                      manufacturing, tourism, agro-industries and
                                                                                                                      knowledge industries. Sustainable diversification
                                                                                                                                                                           optimum impact in the right places so that policy
                                                                                                                                                                           implementation yields the maximum direct benefit to
                                                          2. People would be central to the development               of our economy will therefore become a               our citizens.
What will be the policy shift that will occur if
                                                             process; not in word but in deed. Education              sustainable goal.
development of our country is guided by this
manifesto and what will be the impact of this policy         for all will be a reality. Sixty percent tertiary
                                                             participation will be realised; a poverty             6. Local government will be more meaningful
                                                             reduction strategy will be set in motion, social         to people and more impactful on community
                                                             welfare support will be integrated for impact            development and there will be many more
In general, the economy will be transformed and
                                                             and jobs will be created on a sustainable basis          opportunities for participation and influence by
the political system will be more responsive and
                                                             in a thriving economy which reduces our                  citizens.
participatory but we mention nine specific differences.
                                                             dependence on energy and creates jobs through
                                                             new industries that pay better.

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                        DECLARATION OF                                                 5. Build a diverse and democratic society that
                                                                                          respects human rights, in which all people
                        PRINCIPLES                                                        live in dignity and security, free of all forms of
                                                                                          discrimination on the basis of religion, colour
                                                                                          or gender, where labour is respected, and which
                                                                                          fosters the culture of dialogue to facilitate an
                          1. Partner with the People in establishing the                  increase of understanding and mutual trust
                             conditions in which everyone can fulfil his/her              between individuals and groups, for these are the
                             true potential so that our country can flourish on           premise of authentic peace
                             the basis of sustainable development – everyone
                             counts and everyone is needed                             6. Not tolerate any form of corruption and should
                                                                                          not politicise the civil service, commissions or state
                          2. Provide a safe, secure and sustainable                       enterprises
                             environment where all people can live, work and
                             play without fear and in which their quality of life is   7. Promote legislation for the registration and
                             optimised. The partners will seek to transform the           funding of political parties subject to review of an
                             society and end the lawlessness and disorder which           independent body
                             contributes to criminal activity thrives
                                                                                       8. Support a system of governance which
                          3. Ensure that the disadvantaged in our society are             upholds the rule of law and the separation of
                             provided with the tools to enable them to become             powers and the independence of the Judiciary
                             productive and make reasonable provisions for                in its administrative and adjudicative functions
                             those persons who, by reason of illness, old age or          under which all major sectors of the population
                             disability cannot work                                       are represented and which encourages the
                                                                                          participation of women at all levels of governance
                          4. Provide an education and training system
                             that enhances mutual respect and esteem, in               9. Invite international observers to oversee every
                             order to help bring about a peaceful and fraternal           general election and whose report is promptly laid
                             coexistence between people of different ethnic               in Parliament
                             groups, cultures and religions within a framework
                             which is relevant to the needs of the modern
                             world, with particular emphasis on civics, moral
                             and spiritual values and the need to become a
                             knowledge-based economy and to introduce
                             a platform for young people to engage in
                             entrepreneurial activity

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DECLARATION OF                                              5. Openness
                                                                                                                        THE PEOPLE’S                                               2. AND WHEREAS
                                                                                                                                                                                      The Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago has been
VALUES                                                         Be as open as possible about all the decisions and
                                                               actions that they take. They should give reasons for
                                                                                                                        PARTNERSHIP                                                   dissolved and the General Election will be
                                                                                                                                                                                      held on 24th May 2010. This General Election
                                                                                                                        A Partnership for Sustainable Good                            is a decisive and a historic turning-point and
                                                               their decisions and restrict information only when
                                                               the wider public interest clearly demands                Governance in Trinidad and Tobago                             watershed in the development of our great twin-
  1. Selflessness                                                                                                                                                                     island Republic and the following political parties
     Make decisions based solely in terms of the public     6. Honesty                                                    1. WHEREAS the People of Trinidad and Tobago in             recognise and acknowledge that our nation
     interest. Members should not do so in order to gain       Declare any private interests relating to their public        their Constitution –                                     needs men and women of selfless dedication,
     financial or other material benefits for themselves,      duties and take steps to resolve any conflicts arising     a) have affirmed that the nation of Trinidad                firm resolve, integrity and national commitment
     their family, or their friends                            in a way that protects the public interest                    and Tobago is founded upon principles that               to take our beloved country forward.
                                                                                                                             acknowledge the supremacy of God, faith in
  2. Integrity                                              7. Dialogue                                                      fundamental human rights and freedoms, the            3. AND WHEREAS
     Not place themselves under any financial or other         Commit to frank and patient dialogue, refusing to             position of the family in a society of free men and      The Partners herein, in the interest of the people
     obligation to outside individuals or organisations        consider their differences as an insurmountable               free institutions, the dignity of the human person       of Trinidad and Tobago agree and subscribe
     that might influence them in the performance of           barrier, but recognizing instead that to encounter            and the equal and inalienable rights with which          to this historic Partnership and to pool their
     their official duties                                     the diversity of others can become an opportunity             all members of the human family are endowed              considerable talents and resources in the
                                                               for greater reciprocal understanding                          by their Creator;                                        national interest at this critical juncture in the
  3. Objectivity                                                                                                          b) respect the principles of social justice and             history of Trinidad and Tobago.
     Make choices based on merit in carrying out public     8. Leadership                                                    therefore believe that the operation of the
     business, including making public appointments,           Holders of public office should promote and                   economic system should result in the material         4. AND WHEREAS
     awarding contracts, or recommending individuals           support these principles by leadership and example            resources of the community being so distributed          The Partners believe that the opportunity
     for rewards and benefits                                                                                                as to subserve the common good, that there               exists for the people of Trinidad and Tobago to
                                                                                                                             should be adequate means of livelihood for all,          vote for a people-oriented and participatory
  4. Accountability                                                                                                          that labour should not be exploited or forced            government committed to social justice and
     Be accountable for their decisions and actions to                                                                       by economic necessity to operate in inhumane             implemented by an effective, results-oriented
     the public and submit themselves to whatever                                                                            conditions but that there should be opportunity          team whose national objective is to put into
     scrutiny is appropriate to their office                                                                                 for advancement on the basis of recognition of           practice collaborative leadership to achieve good
                                                                                                                             merit, ability and integrity;                            governance.
                                                                                                                          c) have asserted their belief in a democratic society
                                                                                                                             in which all persons may, to the extent of their      5. In this PEOPLE’S PARTNERSHIP the partners
                                                                                                                             capacity, play some part in the institutions of the      are:
                                                                                                                             national life and thus develop and maintain due          1) UNITED NATIONAL CONGRESS, (‘UNC’);
                                                                                                                             respect for lawfully constituted authority;              2) THE CONGRESS OF THE PEOPLE, (‘COP’);
                                                                                                                          d) recognise that men and institutions remain free          3) TOBAGO ORGANISATION OF THE PEOPLE,
                                                                                                                             only when freedom is founded upon respect for               (‘TOP’);
                                                                                                                             moral and spiritual values and the rule of law;          4) NATIONAL JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE,
                                                                                                                                                                                         (‘NJAC’); AND
                                                                                                                                                                                      5) MOVEMENT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, (‘MSJ’).

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                                                                                                 2010       2010

  6. NOW THEREFORE the Partners agree and
     declare as follows:
        MINISTERIAL CANDIDATE:                           FOR and on behalf of
        The Partners agree that the Leader of the        UNITED NATIONAL CONGRESS
        Partnership and Prime Ministerial Candidate is
        and shall be Mrs. KAMLA PERSAD-BISSESSAR.        Kamla Persad-Bissessar
     b. The Partners agree to select candidates and      Political Leader, UNC
        only one candidate from the Partnership
        shall contest the General Election in each
        constituency in Trinidad and in Tobago and       FOR and on behalf of
        such candidate shall be the standard-bearer      THE CONGRESS OF THE PEOPLE
        for the Partners in that constituency.
     c. The Partners commit to adopt Principles and      Winston Dookeran
        Codes of Conduct whereby the interest of our     Political Leader, COP
        beloved country is and shall be put before
        party and individual self-interest and as a
        government comprising the Partners they          FOR and on behalf of
        will implement a public policy programme         TOBAGO ORGANISATION OF THE PEOPLE
        to improve the quality of life of the People
        of Trinidad and Tobago based on shared           Ashworth Jack
        principles of national development and           Political Leader, TOP
        national unity. Together these constitute the
        foundation for sustainable government. The
        said Principles and Codes of Conduct include     FOR and on behalf of
        but are not limited to the matters set out in    NATIONAL JOINT ACTION COMMITTEE
        the Appendix hereto attached and marked as
        “A”.                                             Makandal Daaga
     d. The Partners have established Collaborative      Political Leader/Chief Servant, NJAC
        Teams to develop a common Public Policy
        Programme to be shared on a Common
        Platform and have agreed to establish            FOR and on behalf of
        mechanisms for the achievement of                MOVEMENT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
     e. The Partners agree that they will abide by       Errol K. Mc Leod
        the spirit and letter of the Constitution and    Chairman, MSJ
        law of Trinidad and Tobago and to propose
        legislative changes as are necessary to give     Dated this 21st day of April, 2010
        effect to the will of the people.

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