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Q: Mr. Hart, the Trinidad and Tobago Extrac-
tive Industries Transparency Initiative Steer-
ing Committee (TTEITI) has been given a
tremendous mandate to deal with anti-corruption
perceptions in three major sectors of the econo-
my---oil, gas and mining---but so far it has not attract-
ed the kind of public prominence one would expect
from such an organisation?
A: (In a pensive mood in the living-room at his
One Woodbrook Place apartment Thursday
The TTEITI that is being implemented in Trinidad
and Tobago is not a response to any anti-corruption
initiative on behalf of the Government.
T&T is replete with rumours about corruption and
we have lived with those rumours forever it seems.
But what the TTEITI is about is a response to the
fact that the energy sector---oil, gas and mining---
belong to the people and we seek to bring transparency
and accountability by revealing details for the people s
knowledge and benefit.
That being so, the TTEITI acts as a disincentive
to corruption by the exposing of hitherto confidential
information to the general public.
How does the TTEITI get the companies to work
with the TTEITI when they have their own auditors
and so on?
What we do is to get Government to declare inde-
pendently to us what monies they have received from
the companies, and they independently reveal to us
what monies they paid to the Government so that
we have figures that we can compare to what is paid
and what is said to have been received.
Has Government been happily co-operating with
you all in terms of your perusing the books...?
Absolutely. What is really good about this exercise
is that it is voluntary and we have full co-operation
from the Government side, in that the Government
receives these revenues from the Board of Inland
Revenue (BIR) and through the Ministry of Energy
and Energy Affairs.
Mr. Hart, the public knows
have been an anti-corruption
for many years and, as a m
fact, five years ago you and yo
sailed off to Tobago wher
"retired." But, lo and behold
have returned to Port-of-S
resuming your battle?
(Smiling) I have made two fa
attempts at retirement, the f
in Grenada and the second i
Tobago. I, however, have
recognised that, like many of
us, I cannot escape my destiny
to play a role in safeguarding
our country s future so as to
arrest and reverse the cur
Mr. Hart, given the assignm
by TTEITI, can one reasona
was some kind of "hanky pan
I don t think that the TTEITI
Trinidad and Tobago because there was concern that
maybe "hanky panky," as you said, was going on in
the energy sector.
It was adopted more as a recognition that the
people of T&T were the owners of that sector and
they are entitled to have more information on how
A veteran anti-corruption advocate has
sounded a warning that if the scourge of
corruption is not successfully tackled, Trinidad
and Tobago as a society could be destroyed.
Victor Hart, chairman of the 19-member
Cabinet-appointed Trinidad and Tobago
Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
Steering Committee, stressed this point even
while remaining optimistic that his fears
would not be realised.
Hart, a former head of the local chapter of
Transparency International, sees corruption as
a major issue in the forthcoming general
Continued on Page A9
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