Head of State: President Paula-Mae Weekes
Joined the Commonwealth: 1962
Capital City (location of Parliament): Port of Spain
Unicameral/Bicameral: Bicameral - House of Representatives (41) and Senate (31)
CPA UK and Trinidad & Tobago
CPA UK and the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago have a strong relationship. The Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago has also facilitated a number of CPA UK activities in recent years.
In January 2020, CPA UK hosted the third programme in the Commonwealth Association of Public Accounts Committee (CAPAC) regional workshop series in partnership with the Parliament of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Chairs, Members and Clerks of Public Accounts Committees from Commonwealth countries across the Caribbean came together to develop and share skills in public finance scrutiny. Two UK MPs joined the workshop, and they joined a number of additional bilateral meetings with stakeholders in T&T, in cooperation with the British High Commission in Port of Spain. Topics discussed included environmental conservation and LGBT rights.
Trinidad and Tobago will have a General Election in the autumn of 2020. CPA UK looks forward to engaging with the new Parliament.
CPA UK Recent Programmes
Commonwealth Association of Public Accounts Committees: Caribbean Regional Workshop, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 21-23 January 2020
The CAPAC Caribbean Regional Workshop was attended by 31 Chairs, Members and Clerks from 11 Commonwealth Public Accounts Committees in the region. Participating PACs joined from Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Islands. Delegates exchanged good practice for financial scrutiny and oversight and collaborated to find approaches to shared challenges. The workshop formed part of CPA UK's work in the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D).
International Parliamentary Conference on National Security and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Project, Westminster and beyond, 2016-17
As part of CPA UK's annual themed projects, the 2016-17 project was designed to increase parliamentarians’ knowledge of and build capacity on national security and cybersecurity through engaging interactive discussion sessions and networking opportunities with key stakeholders. The programme focused on a range of themes covering legislation, committee scrutiny, budgets, and engagement with civil society, international institutions and the private sector.
Caribbean Regional Workshop on Sustainability, Energy and Development, Port of Spain, 7-10 December 2015
CPA UK, working in partnership with the Parliament of Trinidad & Tobago delivered the Caribbean Regional Workshop on Energy, Sustainability & Development for Caribbean and UK parliamentarians.
The Workshop was one of three regional workshops to be delivered by CPA UK with UNDP as part of an International Parliamentary Project (IPP) following the adoption of the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) by the international community.
CPA UK Delegation to Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain and Scarborough, 1-7 February 2015
CPA UK organised a cross-party delegation of six UK parliamentarians to visit Trinidad & Tobago in February 2015. The visit consisted of six days in Port of Spain, Trinidad, followed by the final day in Tobago. Based primarily in Parliament and a number of Ministries, the programme comprised of bilateral sessions with key stakeholders from across the political and civil society spectrum. The programme also took in a number of other activities such as a visit to the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus and Scarborough General Hospital in Tobago.