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About Anthony Isidore Smart SC
• Attended Fatima Boys College between 1958 and 1964
• Graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA in Economics in 1968
• Articled as a clerk at Fitzwilliam, Stone and Alcazar in 1969-1972
• Admitted to practice law as a solicitor and conveyancer 1972
• Elected member of the House of Representative 1986-1991
• Deputy Speaker of the House 1987
• Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Legal Affairs,
Chief Whip in the House of Representatives 1987-1989
• Attorney General of T&T 1989-1991
• Appointed Political Leader of the NAR 1996-1997
• Political leader of the NAR 2000-2001
• Received Arbor Award for Outstanding Voluntary Service to the University of
Smart has been a senior partner at Gittens, Smart & Co for the past 30 years
and can be found practicing at the firm, when not involved in other activities.
"To tell you the truth, I had moved away
from involvement in politics since 2001. I have
deliberately stayed away from commenting on
such, except for a short period in 2010 when
I supported the People s Partnership. But after
the elections, I remained silent."
Chairman of the board:
Regarding his new position itself, Smart
saw himself playing a low-key role. He told
the Sunday BG that he was only just "getting
into the reading" and there would be some
time before he could definitively talk about
bank s direction with him at the helm. How-
ever, he gave a few clues.
"I am fairly clear in my mind that the board
led by me, would not be an executive board
but we would be there for policy and strategy.
I think the bank is equipped with extremely
good managers based on what I have read and
what I have experienced over the last few days
that I have been here and we will leave the
managers to manage and we will lead in so
far as policy is concerned."
This policy will be focused on "growing the
bank" and "increasing its relevance to the
economy", with some "tweaking along the
way," Smart said, to keep the bank along the
largely positive path it has been proceeding
"The bank has been doing exceptionally
well since its birth."
He also told the Sunday BG, he does not
plan to approach the chairmanship as a "full-
"I expect we will perform the functions of
a board, which is to meet on a regular basis:
once a month with short meetings in between."
Smart, and the newly constituted First Cit-
izens board, met for the first time last week.
However, based on indications given by the
new chairman, it did not seem likely that the
Chanka Seeterram share purchase and the
findings of an internal report recommending
that disciplinary action be taken against three
senior officers were discussed.
"The newly constituted board has not yet
seen the two matters you mentioned and, as
such, cannot comment on them at this time."
The Commission of Enquiry
into the 1990 coup attempt:
Smart was more vocal on another contro-
versial matter, however. As a main player in
the events of 1990, he felt it was good there
was now some official record of what happened
in those five tumultuous days.
"I think it was very important to have a
historical document of what actually transpired
during that period. There were all kinds of
misinformation that came out before, during
and shortly after the attempted coup. Years
down the line, we will be able to see various
people s recollections of what happened and
I think there are recommendations that are
worthwhile to pursue."
He said it was also important to have a
record for posterity, particularly since some
people had written "hurriedly, prematurely
and, in some cases, incorrectly."
"I think people will have to write... I think
research has to be done and historians have
to document what happened. So that younger
people will know what happened, the threat
that this country was under and how the
country survived that threat."
Family man and passion for the law
Smart told the Sunday BG that his best
achievements have not all been in the public
"I also feel I have been a good parent, along
with my wife. That is important."
His own parents have had considerable
influence over the course of his life. Smart
described his father, the recently deceased
Isidore Smart as a "magician", who was some-
how able to provide a tertiary education for
The former attorney general spoke of the
family firm Gittens, Smart & Co, where he is
senior partner with pride.
The practice, he said, goes back to the 30s
under various names and has all of its original
records intact. Smart said his passion for the
law is drawn from a "family tradition" as both
his father and grandfather were involved in
the profession at various levels.
ANTHONY ISIDORE SMART, SC
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Smart's approach to chairmanship:
Focus will be on
policy and strategy
Continued on Page 4
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