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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The Senate met at 10. 30 a. m.
[MADAM PRESIDENT in the Chair]
JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE
Madam President: Hon. Senators, I have received correspondence from the hon.
Wade Mark, Member of Parliament and Speaker of the House, dated May 11,
“Appointment of a Joint Select Committee
At a sitting held on Wednesday May 06, 2015, the House of Representatives
agreed to the following resolution:
‘BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Representatives agree to the
establishment of a Joint Select Committee to consider a Bill entitled, An Act
to repeal and replace the Insurance Act, Chap. 84:01; to reform the law
relating to insurance companies; to regulate insurance businesses and
privately administered pension funds…and for other related purposes’, and
agree to the appointment of the following Members of the House of
Representatives, and that this Committee be empowered to discuss the
general merits of the Bill along with its details, and be mandated to report by
May 21, 2015:
Ms. Marlene McDonald, MP
Mr. Colm Imbert, MP
Mr. Jairam Seemungal, MP
Mr. Stephen Cadiz, MP
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Dr. Delmon Baker, MP
Mrs. Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, MP’
Accordingly, I respectfully request that you cause this matter to be placed
before the Senate at the earliest convenience.
Hon. Wade Mark, MP
Speaker of the House”
SENATE STANDING ORDERS
Madam President: Hon. Senators, as you would recall, the report of the Standing
Orders Committee of the Senate for the Fifth Session was adopted on March 31,
2015. Senators will note that copies of the new Standing Orders have been
provided and circulated today in order to give Senators adequate and sufficient
time to become familiar with the revised provisions contained in these new orders,
and in accordance with Standing Order 118 regarding its commencement, I hereby
fix Tuesday, June 16, 2015 as the date on which the Standing Orders of the Senate
2015 shall take effect.
The Minister of the Environment and Water Resources (Sen. The Hon. Ganga
Singh): Madam President, at the inception of these proceedings, before I get down
to the business at hand, I would like to take the opportunity to wish the Leader of
the Opposition Business in the Senate, Happy Birthday. [Desk thumping]
Sen. Robinson-Regis: Madam President, before my colleague continues, I would
like to say thank you very kindly, and I know today will be a very, very happy
birthday for me spending it with all my friends here in the Parliament in the
Senate. [Laughter and desk thumping] Thank you very much, Minister Singh.
Appointment of a JSC Committee 2015.05.12
1. Report of the Auditor General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on
the Public Accounts of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for the
financial year ended September 30, 2014. [The Minister of the Environment
and Water Resources (Sen. The Hon. Ganga Singh)]
2. Public Accounts of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for the financial
year 2014. [Sen. The Hon. G. Singh]
3. Annual Audited Financial Statements of the Seafood Industry Development
Company Limited for the year ended September 30, 2014. [Sen. The Hon. G.
4. Exchequer and Audit (Electronic Funds Transfer) Regulations, 2015. [Sen.
The Hon. G. Singh]
5. One Hundred and Third Report of the Salaries Review Commission of the
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on a Review of the Salary and other
conditions of service of the Office of the Registrar, Equal Opportunity
Tribunal. [The Vice-President (Sen. James Lambert)]
6. Annual Report on Performance 2014—Making Progress, Strengthening a
Nation. [The Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development (Sen. The
Hon. Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie)] 7. National Monitoring and Evaluation
Policy of Trinidad and Tobago. [Sen. The Hon. Dr. B. Tewarie]
8. Dog Control Regulations, 2015. [The Minister of Local Government (Sen.
The Hon. Marlene Coudray)]
9. Metrology Regulations, 2015. [The Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment
and Communications (Sen. The Hon. Vasant Bharath)]
10. Telecommunications (Universal Service) Regulations, 2015. [Sen. The Hon.
Papers Laid 2015.05.12
11. Telecommunications (Accounting Separation) Regulations, 2015. [Sen. The
Hon. G. Singh]
12. Ministerial Response to the Twelfth Report of the Joint Select Committee of
Parliament appointed to inquire and report on Government Ministries,
Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Group 2) on the Administration
and Operations of the National Transportation System of Trinidad and
Tobago. [Sen. The Hon. G. Singh]
JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS
Municipal Corporations and Service Commission
Sen. James Lambert: Thank you once more, Madam President. In the absence of
the chairperson of this joint select committee of which I am a Member, I am happy
to do the honour.
Madam President, I have the honour to present the following reports as
listed on the Order Paper in my name:
Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation
Seventeenth Report of the Joint Select Committee appointed to inquire into
and report on Municipal Corporations and Service Commissions on a review
of the Administration and Operations of the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional
Penal/Debe Regional Corporation
Eighteenth Report of the Joint Select committee appointed to inquire into
and report on Municipal Corporations and Service Commissions on an
inquiry into the Administration and Operations of the Penal/Debe Regional
Ministries, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Group 2)
JSC Committee Reports 2015.05.12
Trinidad and Tobago Boxing Board of Control
Sen. Dr. Victor Wheeler: Madam President, I have the honour to present the
following report as listed on the Supplemental Order Paper in my name:
Twenty-First Report of the Joint Select Committee appointed to inquire into
and report on Ministries, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Group
2) on the Administration and Operations of the Trinidad and Tobago Boxing
Board of Control.
STATEMENT BY MINISTER
Annual Performance Report 2014 and the National Monitoring and
Evaluation Policy of Trinidad and Tobago
The Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development (Sen. The Hon.
Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie): Thank you very much, Madam President, hon.
Senators of this Senate. I have the honour to lay, on behalf of the Government of
Trinidad and Tobago, two significant documents: first, the Third Annual Report
2014—Making Progress, Strengthening a Nation and the National Monitoring and
Evaluation Policy Trinidad and Tobago. These documents are important as they
show this Government’s commitment to giving an account of its stewardship to the
people of Trinidad and Tobago. The hon. Prime Minister has always been very
clear on the need for accountability and transparency in all that we do, and has
duly emphasized this in word and deed at appropriate times. I have also tried to
live up to my own expectations and to be an example in the way I conduct my
business, do my work and account to the Parliament and the people.
I would now like to share with this honourable Senate and the national
community a synopsis of the Annual Report 2014 and the National Monitoring and
Evaluation Policy. The Annual Report on Performance 2014 is a yearly publication
aimed at reporting on the progress of the work of the Government in implementing
Statement by Minister 2015.05.12
Sen. The Hon. Dr. B. Tewarie (cont’d)
the five priority areas as set out in the Medium Term Policy Framework
2011/2014 and which are budgeted for every year.
The Annual Report on Performance 2014 serves as an essential tool by
which citizens can be informed and be made aware of the work of the Government
towards achieving national outcomes and targets that have been identified over the
medium term. This year’s Annual Report on Performance is different from earlier
reports as it shifts reporting on actual activities and outputs to reporting on
achievement of actual outcomes and impac