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Applications will be accepted from ten (10) working days prior to the auction date. The
deadline for submission of tenders to the Domestic Market Operations Department of the
Central Bank is 12:00 noon on the auction date.
Central Bank of Trinidad
and Tobago and must accompany each tender. Cheque payments must be submitted no later
than three (3) working days prior to the auction date. Cashiers are open 8am to 12 noon
Monday to Thursday and 8am to 2:30pm on Friday.
Competitive tenders can be submitted for any amount up to the issue size and must state the
price the bidder is willing to pay for each $1,000 of the face value being applied for. Competitive
bids may be rejected if the face value of the entire issue is allocated at higher bid prices or if
made to a bid that is rejected.
bidder agrees to accept the weighted average price of the successful bids determined in the
For competitive tenders, payments must be in the amount of the total cost of the bills; for
non-competitive tenders, payments will be equivalent to the face value being applied for.
The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago invites tenders
from the public for the following issue:
TREASURY BILL AUCTION
Results of Tender for Treasury Bill number 1448:
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Recently I reposted a
short video online which
I had done to herald the
beginning of 2014. The feature
hinged on illustrations of how
each of us has some responsi-
bility to bear in perpetuating the
sort of society we live in.
The message was simple,
don t park in a manner that
inconveniences others, observe
the laws of the road, don t lit-
For the most part viewers of
the video were in agreement.
There were though, some pre-
dictable comments which amply
demonstrate why such a video
"We need a garbage bag for
this government" (a reference to
my remarks about littering).
"Great video, what you need
The remark about getting the
video distributed on TV is par-
ticularly interesting. If people
thought the message worthy and
important enough for a wider
audience they could have gone
to the Facebook pages of the TV
stations and inveigled them to
broadcast it. As far as I am
aware, no one did that.
Some people just missed the
point entirely, but this is not
I am often approached by
people who say "Pallo I does
always read yuh column, I doh
miss it on a Saturday morning.
But I fine yuh duzzen pong de
In this column s early life a
fair bit of attention was devoted
to acerbic analysis of the previ-
ous administration. The trend
carried over to the current
administration, picking apart
early failures and unfulfilled
promises until something
dawned on me.
Many people view columnists,
community activists and self-
styled lobby groups as a means
to avoid actually doing anything
themselves to change this coun-
A couple years ago I posted a
video denouncing illegal garbage
disposal at Orange Valley on the
West Coast, a complex and
vibrant ecosystem supporting
numerous species of birds.
Everyone was happy to share
in the enmity with their "Trinis
too stink" and all this.
When the Orange Valley vil-
lage council decided to stage a
clean-up of mountains of dis-
carded diapers, computer moni-
tors and furniture, I exhorted
folks on Facebook to cash in
their disgust with action.
When the day of the clean-up
arrived, of all the people patting
me on my back for having illu-
minated the problem, only three
of them showed up to pitch in.
We have developed a consum-
mate skill for compartmentalis-
ing our lives. Anything beyond
our immediate sphere of inter-
est, our friends and family, is
either the responsibility of a
government agency or some
omnipotent force. For many
people, the former and the lat-
ter are one in the same.
Not too long ago a friend was
trying to rally support in his
community to shore up a col-
The plan was to raise some
funds, purchase the material and
he would do the modest con-
struction himself. He got no
takers and it is entirely conceiv-
able that everyone in the com-
munity, thinking this to be the
domain of the local government
body preferred to have the cul-
vert crumble entirely before lift-
ing a finger to do something
about it themselves.
There is always someone else
who supposed to "seebout dat."
In food courts across the coun-
try, flies cavort over tables
strewn with the leavings of the
lunchtime crowd. Filthy food
trays are piled with fast food
boxes. The number of people
who actually believe that the
responsibility of the custodial
staff is to clean up after them is
"If we clean up, they will be
out of a job." That is a suppos-
edly serious remark online.
This egregious lack of consid-
eration extends not only to
every other aspect of life but it
permeates all socio economic
strata in our society. Motorists
routinely park on the main road
to buy doubles or to nip into
the "hardwares." The only
explanation ever offered is, "Buh
whey yuh wah me pak?"
Maraval has been prone to
congestion for decades, the road
at the entrance to this area was
widened to provide a modicum
of relief in the vicinity of the
roundabout. Can you guess
what s happening now? That s
right, people are parking on
either side of the roadway
which was widened to provide a
measure of relief. It is tempting
to think that it is people driving
"old pram" who are doing that
sort of thing, and you would be
All of these are examples of
our failures as a society, and our
strident reluctance to accept
that we shirk our responsibility
to transform the culture. This is
easily done because we heap all
of this responsibility on politi-
cians who we apparently believe
to be foreigners! Our politicians
are an accurate reflection of
who we are as a people.
As one person said recently
there are 1.3 million people liv-
ing in this country and less than
50 cabinet ministers.
When we begin to accept our
responsibility to ourselves and
our country, then and only then
will the quality of politicians
offering themselves for public
service show any appreciable
If we truly want a better T&T
we must stop looking to others
and look within.
A BETTER T&T
We have developed a
consummate skill for
lives. Anything beyond
our immediate sphere of
interest, our friends and
family, is either the
responsibility of a
government agency or
some omnipotent force.
For many people, the
former and the latter
are one in the same.
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