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committee appointed to control and administer the Sugar Industry
Labour Welfare Fund. Under the said Act, the Committee exercises
the powers to:
i. Acquire by purchase, transfer, assignment, donation,
exchange, demise, gift, bequest, grant, conveyance or other
wise any real or personal property in Trinidad and Tobago and
any estate or interest therein;
ii. Sell, demise, grant, convey, exchange or otherwise dispose of
and deal with all property which may from time to time, be
vested in or acquired by the committee.
The main focus of the work of the SILWC is the improvement of hous-
ing for workers in the sugar industry.
The Trinidad and Tobago Housing Development Corporation (HDC):
The Trinidad and Tobago Housing Development Corporation (HDC) is
a body corporate established by The Housing Development
Corporation Act, Chapter 33:03. The HDC commenced operations on
October 01st, 2005. The affairs of the HDC are managed by a Board.
The functions of the HDC include the following:
• Provision of affordable and acceptable housing units and
associated community; facilities for low and middle income
persons in HDC housing developments;
• Stimulation of private sector activities with respect to home
• Rationalizing and restructuring of its mortgage portfolio;
• Management and maintenance of its housing estates; and
• Acquisition of land for housing development.
Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT):
UDeCOTT is a wholly-owned, limited liability, State Company which
was incorporated in 1994 with the following key objectives:
• To assist in the development of the capital city, Port of Spain,
as a business and financial centre;
• To assist in the regeneration of the city of San Fernando as
the energy centre of the country;
• To assist in the provision of affordable housing and the
development of sustainable communities throughout Trinidad
Estate Management and Business Development Company
The EMBD is a Wholly-owned, state enterprise which was established
and incorporated by the Caroni (1975) Limited and Orange Grove
National Company Limited (Divestment) Act, Chapter 64:08 and is
now the Manager of the Orange Grove Estates. In May of 2008,
Cabinet instructed that all Agricultural State Lands be transferred to
the EMBD through head leases for a period of 200 years The EMBD's
• Issuing sub-leases to individuals and companies with the
approval of Cabinet;
• Managing certain quarries -- sandpits and yellow boulders,
and to provide security against squatting on all Caroni lands;
• Development of agricultural estates and residential sites.
Trinidad and Tobago Mortgage Finance Company Limited ( TTMF):
TTMF is a minority owned enterprise and the choice lender of resi-
dential mortgages in Trinidad and Tobago whose objective and single-
minded purpose is to provide its customers with the peace of mind
that home ownership brings.
Rent Assessment Board
The Rent Assessment Board is not operational at this time.
Effects of Functions on Members of the Public
The work of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development directly
impacts on social and economic sectors in the country. Moreover, the
Ministry's functions are geared towards long term sustainable devel-
• improving the quality of life of citizens by the provision of
adequate and affordable homes;
• creating opportunities for the proper maintenance of homes; and
• the accumulation of wealth, through property ownership.
Section 7 (1) (a) (ii)
Categories of Documents held by the Public Authority
• Legal notes
5. Copies of relevant legislation.
Not available at this time.
Section 7 (1) (a) (iii)
Material prepared by public authority for public inspection
Not applicable at this time.
Section 7 (1) (a) (iv)
Literature Available by Subscription
Not applicable at this time.
Section 7 (1) (a) (v)
Procedure to be Followed when Accessing a Document
from the Public Authority
How to Request Information:
* General -- The MHUD's Policy is to respond to all requests for
information, both oral and in writing. In order to have the rights
provided under the FOIA for example, the right to challenge a
decision if a request for information is refused, a request must
be made in writing on the appropriate form, that is, the
"Request for Access to Official Documents" form.
* Addressing Requests -- To facilitate prompt handling of
requests for access to information, please address the com
pleted request form to the Designated Officer, Ministry of
Housing and Urban Development.
* Details in the Requests -- Applicants should provide details
that will allow for ready identification and location of the
records that are being requested. If insufficient information is
provided clarification will be sought from you. If you are
unsure how to make the request or the details to be included,
communicate with our Designated Officer.
Requests Not Handled under the FOIA
* A request under the FOIA to access information that is
currently available in the public domain, (for example in the
form of brochures and pamphlets), will not be made available.
RESPONDING TO A REQUEST FOR ACCESS TO INFORMATION
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development is only required to
furnish copies of documents currently in its possession or when the
said documents could be retrieved from storage. Prior to the com-
mencement of the FOIA, old records may have been destroyed. The
granting of a request for such documents may therefore be impossi-
ble. Various laws, regulations and manuals state the time periods for
keeping records before they may be destroyed.
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