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A crackdown on corruption

Chairman of the Integrity Commission, Melville Baird

Remember when ‘morality in public affairs’ was a phrase used very often by almost everyone in the country? More than 50 years after our independence, can we say that the phrase means the same today in Trinidad and Tobago?

Recently, Trinidad and Tobago ranked in the first 20 of the International Corruption Index worldwide. As we are aware in this country anything can be had, as long as you are willing to pay for it: driving permits, property, illicit vehicles, NHA (National Housing Authority) houses or apartments, jobs and the list can go on ad infinitum.

So, when Transparency International came with the idea of having a symposium on A Crackdown on Corruption: Facing the Reality, it was not too soon.

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