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    Prayers 2015.05.12

    UNREVISED

    SENATE

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015

    The Senate met at 10. 30 a. m.

    PRAYERS

    [MADAM PRESIDENT in the Chair]

    JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE

    (Appointment of)

    Madam President: Hon. Senators, I have received correspondence from the hon.

    Wade Mark, Member of Parliament and Speaker of the House, dated May 11,

    2015:

    “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

    Parliament Webmaster Disclaimer DISCLAIMER

    Unofficial Hansard

    This transcript of parliamentary proceedings is an unofficial version of the Hansard and may contain inaccuracies. It is hereby published for general reference purposes only. The final edited version of the Hansard will be published when available.

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    Prayers 2015.05.12

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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.

    Respectfully,

    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.

    BIRTHDAY GREETINGS

    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.

    Thank you.

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    Appointment of a JSC Committee 2015.05.12

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    PAPERS LAID

    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.

    Singh]

    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.

    G. Singh]

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    Papers Laid 2015.05.12

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    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

    (Presentation)

    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

    Corporation.

    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

    Corporation.

    Ministries, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Group 2)

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    JSC Committee Reports 2015.05.12

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    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

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    Statement by Minister 2015.05.12

    Sen. The Hon. Dr. B. Tewarie (cont’d)

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    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

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