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Head of the Organisation of American States
(OAS) José Miguel Insulza has offered assistance
to T&T to tackle campaign financing.
Insulza made the offer while delivering the feature
address, titled Latin America and the Caribbean:
Good News with many Challenges, at an open lec-
ture hosted by the St Augustine Campus of the
University of the West Indies on Tuesday night.
Elections and Boundaries Commission chairman
Dr Norbert Masson, who was in the audience, said
he hoped the Government would take up the OAS
offer in drafting legislation dealing with political
Insulza said now was the time for countries to
implement very clear legislation to deal with cam-
paign financing and warned that if it was not prop-
erly dealt with it could undermine a country s
"Political financing has become an increasing
concern to all our democracies. We must have rules
to avoid the pitfalls," Insulza said.
He said while Latin American and the Caribbean
region have been faced with challenges, including
organised crime, all was not lost as there have been
improvements in the areas of poverty reduction
and infrastructural development.
Pro vice-chancellor of the University of the West
Indies, St Augustine Prof Clement Sankat, who
also spoke, hoped the OAS would focus on the
Caribbean region even more in the coming years.
A stronger Caribbean could only be good news
in the quest to make the OAS stronger, Sankat
Sankat said UWI had a proud tradition of serving
all the English-speaking Caribbean countries for
over 65 years and was also committed to serving
the wider region, including Central and South
To demonstrate this commitment, Sankat added,
UWI had approved "ACS initiative"
, a new tuition
fee structure for non-UWI contributing countries
of the wider Latin American and Caribbean region,
particularly countries from South America and
He said: "We at the UWI St Augustine Campus
therefore look forward to welcoming more students
from the wider Caribbean basin, beyond the 17
contributing countries...countries such as Suriname,
Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Panama, Ecuador,
Brazil, Chile, Cuba and Costa Rica just to name
"We see these students as essential, as they too
contribute to the development and advancement
of the Caribbean and Latin American region."
To further strengthen ties, Sankat said he travelled
to Panama last year to sign a memorandum of
understanding on behalf of UWI and the Arthur
Lok Jack Graduate School of Business with the
Caribbean Shipping Association to launch an MBA
in port and maritime management for the entire
English, Dutch, French and Spanish-speaking
Sankat left for Brazil yesterday to represent UWI
at the sixth international seminar and seventh gen-
eral assembly of the Coimbra Group of Brazilian
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OAS offers T&T help
to tackle polls financing
(OAS) José Miguel
receives a token
from pro vice-
chancellor of the
Campus of the
University of the
West Indies, Prof
Reports of T&T nationals joining
the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
(Isis) are a matter of grave concern
and interest to the Government, admits
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston
He said so while fielding questions
from the media after speaking at an
open lecture hosted by the St Augustine
Campus of University of the West Indies
on Tuesday night.
However, he was quick to say that,
thus far, there had been no evidence
on the matter.
He said he had also asked the Min-
istry of National Security to provide
him with "any thoughts on the issue."
Dookeran also defended Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Persad s decision to
co-sponsor the United Nations Security
Council resolution on the fight against
"This is a landmark piece of resolu-
tion that brought us near to a world
consensus on the fight against terrorism.
"The programme that will evolve out
of that we will see emerging is a whole
different approach to fighting foreign
terrorist fighters... that is what the res-
olution is about."
On the statements of Opposition
Leader Dr Keith Rowley that co-spon-
soring the resolution put T&T citizens
at risk, Dookeran said that was a risk
which existed with or without the co-
Dookeran: Trinis in Isis a concern
Contacted yesterday, National Security
Minister Gary Griffith said he was unable to
divulge the security aspects of the
mechanism but said it was useful in
connection with monitoring whether
nationals were fighting for Isis.
"We are closely monitoring all aspects of
this issue, including anyone who has been
aiding and abetting in any way and
financing all of these individuals.
"Because of the resolution we have been
able to obtain valuable intelligence at a fast
pace, which has been assisting us," Griffith
said. Asked whether he was concerned
that several T&T nationals have reportedly
joined Isis, Griffith said as Minister of
National Security he was never concerned.
"I work on facts, not emotions. I make
decisions in the best interest of the
country," he replied.
GRIFFITH: IT HELPS US MONITOR ISIS
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