JCC Policy Initiatives: PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

The JCC has been in the forefront calling for a change in policy in public procurement for contracts in construction and other areas. In 2010, the Joint Select Committee on Procurement in the Parliament invited the JCC to provide submissions on the legislative proposals on Public Procurement Reform laid in Parliament on 29 October, 2010.

  • Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation made Winston Riley, Member of the Board of JCC on Implementing the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property legislation Alternate link
  • On Wednesday, November 23, 2016, the JCC hosted a seminar on Economic Revitalization through the Mobilisation of the Construction Sector. Papers were presented by the following people:
    1. Click here to read paper "Manufacturing for the Construction Sector - Challenges and Solutions" presented by Franka Castelloe
    2. Click here to read paper "Building Infrastructure in a Changing Economy" presented by Glenn Mahabirsingh
    3. Click here to read paper "Strategic Approach to Infrastructure and Affordable Housing Design and Delivery" presented by Akin Looby
    4. Click here to read paper "The Land Surveyor in National Economic Development Planning" presented by Fitzherbert Reyes
    5. Click here to read paper "Key Issues in the furture Development of our Transportation System" presented by Dr. Trevor Townsend
    6. Click here to view the Powerpoint presentation "Property Tax? or A Tax on Property" by Mervyn Thompson
  • Click here to read the report of the Joint Select Committee on the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property (Amendment) Bill, 2015, dated 26 February 2016.
  • Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation made by Private Sector/Civil Society Group (PSCSG) on 12 February 2016 before the Joint Select Committee in response to the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public (Amendment) Bill, 2015
  • Click here to read the Private Sector/Civil Society response to the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property (Amendment) Bill, 2015, before the Joint Select Committee dated 29 January 2016.
  • Click here to read the first report of the Joint Select Committee appointed to consider and report on the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property (Amendment) Bill, 2015, dated 20 January 2016.
  • Click here to read the 4 January 2016 letter from the Chairman of the Private Sector/Civil Society Group (PSCSG), Mr. Winston Riley, requesting a meeting with the Joint Select Committee to present amendments to the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Act 2015.
  • Click here to read the 12 May 2014 letter from Senator, Dr. the Honourable Bhoendradatt Tewarie, Minister of Planning & Sustainable Development by the Chairman of the Private Sector/Civil Society Group (PSCSG), Mr. Winston Riley, regarding the amendment of Clause 7 of, The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Bill 2014.
  • Click here to read the 2 April 2014 cover letter from Senator, Dr. the Honourable Bhoendradatt Tewarie, Minister of Planning & Sustainable Development by the Chairman of the Private Sector/Civil Society Group (PSCSG), Mr. Winston Riley, to a copy of the bill, The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Bill 2014. [Alternate Link]
  • Click here to read the 25 November 2013 correspondence delivered to Senator, Dr. the Honourable Bhoendradatt Tewarie, Minister of Planning & Sustainable Development by the Chairman of the Private Sector/Civil Society Group (PSCSG), Mr. Winston Riley, featuring comments on the Government's Public Procurement Bill for the consideration of the Legislative Review Committee (LRC).
  • Click here to read the 28 October 2013 letter from the Honourable Bhoendradatt Tewarie, Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development regarding the Procurement Legislation.
  • Click here to read the 11 September 2013 response to the Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development's letter of 14 Aug regarding Public Procurement Legislation.
  • Click here to read the 8 August 2013 letter to the Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development responding to his request for comments on the draft procurement legislation.
  • JCC statement on Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act 2011
  • Click here to view the Report from the Joint Select Committee ON PUBLIC PROCUREMENT REFORM, dated 1 June 2012.
  • Click here to view the latest amended submission on LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS ON PUBLIC PROCUREMENT REFORM, dated 16 April 2012.
  • Read the statement issued by the JCC in conjunction with the TTMA and Transparency Institute on Public Procurement, dated 17 November 2011.
  • Click here to view the Comments on the Legislative Proposals, dated 22 December 2010
    • The cover letter to the comments on the draft legislation is here.
  • Click here to read a paper by past-president Winston Riley on the "Politics of Procurement" presented at the CIB W107 Conference Construction in Developing Countries: "New Issues and Challenges" held in January 2008 in St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Click here to view "The politics of procurement", a PowerPoint presentation made by Winston Riley at the International Symposium of the CIB W92 on Procurement Systems held in January 2002 in St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago



Under the rubric of Public Procurement comes the issue of transparency of state enterprises associated wit the construction industry. The JCC is investigating one such state enterprise, the Education Facilities Company Limited. (EFCL)

  1. Click here to read the July 2 ,2012 FoI request into aspects of EFCL's operations.
  2. Click here to read EFCL's response to our initial request under FoI legislation, dated 20 July 2012.
  3. Click here to read the JCC's response to EFCL, dated 23 July 2012.
  4. Click here to read the JCC's forwarded letter to EFCL's line Ministry of Education, dated 23 July 2012.
  5. Click here to read the EFCL's letter to JCC's second follow-up, dated 18 March 2013.
  6. Click here to read the JCC's response to EFCL's second follow-up, dated 9 December 2013.



Prime Minister Bissessar turning the sod for the soon-to-be-constructed Couva Hospital to be built with the help of the Chinese government. Photo courtesy www.news.gov.tt

JCC wrote the Prime Minister on 24 April 2012 requesting an urgent meeting "to voice its growing concern over serious issues arising in relation to Public Procurement."

  1. Click here to read the JCC letter to the Prime Minister dated 24 April 2012
    REFERENCES USED IN THIS LETTER:
  2. Follow up letter requesting the meeting with the Prime Minister dated 28 May 2012
  3. Second follow up letter requesting the meeting with the Prime Minister dated 20 Jun 2012


HISTORIC ANTI-CORRUPTION INITIATIVE: Accounting For Public Money

This special is dedicated to the important issue of Public Procurement. It is written by a private sector group headed by the Joint Consultative Council for the Construction Industry (JCC). The JCC consist of:
  1. Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (APETT),
  2. Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects (TTIA),
  3. Board of Architecture of Trinidad and Tobago (BOATT) (Observer Status),
  4. Trinidad and Tobago Society of Planners (TTSP),
  5. Trinidad and Tobago Contractors Association (TTCA)
  6. nstitute of Surveyors of Trinidad and Tobago (ISTT) (Land Surveyors, Quantity Surveyors, Valuation Surveyors)
The private sector group consisted of –
  • Joint Consultative Council for the Construction Industry
  • Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry & Commerce
  • Trinidad & Tobago Manufacturers' Association
  • Trinidad & Tobago Transparency Institute.
The members of that Private Sector group were part of the Working Party on the Public Procurement White Paper, which was published in August 2005 and laid in Parliament the following month.

 

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