[ccfic format="plaintext"] According to the latest Global Competitiveness Report, Trinidad and Tobago ranks 83rd out of 137 countries. Climbing the ranks and increasing the competitiveness of the country could lead to several benefits. It may stimulate economic diversification and non-energy exports, correct external imbalances, generate employment, and spur innovation. In … [Read more...] about Boosting Trinidad’s Private Sector Engine: International experiences from across the Americas
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By Rocío Medina-Bolívar and Dana King Trinidad’s first National Women’s Health Survey maps out the complexity of effectively ending family violence Christine Chuniesingh is one of the most recent victims of intimate partner violence to reach the front page of Trinidad and Tobago’s national newspapers. Her brutal murder is a tragic example of the horror of intimate … [Read more...] about Is there an effective way to end family violence?
By Matteo Grazzi and Leonardo Ortega After 20 years, 8 books, 7 movies, 1 theatre play, and more than 300 other officially licensed products, the net worth of the Harry Potter franchise is estimated in around 25 billion dollars (and counting). This amount, that is almost equivalent to the entire GDP of Trinidad and Tobago, is just one of many examples of the economic potential … [Read more...] about Harry Potter and the Orange Spell
In natural resource management, the “trinity of transparency” centers on knowing how much a country earns from the development of its oil, gas or mining resources, who its partners/producers are, and whether the terms of its contracts are favourable to the country. Luckily, for Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), these questions can now be easily answered thanks to some pioneering … [Read more...] about Lifting the Lid: Will Contract Disclosure Save or Sink Trinidad and Tobago’s Extractive Sectors?
By Nazera Abdul-Haqq Imagine your reaction if you heard that a person holding public office was found to have fraudulently acquired oil, gas or mining contracts by using the name of a company that he or she secretly owns? Or, what if tomorrow’s newspaper headlines read: “Businessman found financing $TT 6 billion through a company set up in wife’s name.” It is likely that you … [Read more...] about Secret Company Ownership Disclosure – EITI Tackling the ‘Eat Ah Food’ Mentality in T&T