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Monday, September 18, 2006 

Local Government Reform 2006
As a commendable step forward, and in order to gain support for its Local Government Reform Agenda, the Government of Trinidad & Tobago (Ministry of Local Government) has issued this Draft White Paper which follows suit on the Vision 2020 program aiming toward the implementation of Regional Development and Sustainable Communities framework.

At its core, readers can get acquainted to the different thematic areas that will accompany the reform process, namely:

  • Legislative reviews of bye-laws and regulations;
  • Re-definition of the roles of the Ministry of Local Government and Municipal Corporations;
  • Re-definition of boundaries, functions responsibilities;
  • Corporate restructuring of the Ministry of Local Government and Municipal Corporations;
  • Institutional Strengthening and capacity building;
  • Determination of human resources/technical and key funding requirements;
  • Delegation of operational activities from the Ministry Local Government to Municipal Corporations;
  • De-linking of the regional corporations from the administrative structure of the Ministry of Local Government;
  • Transfer of resources from ministries and departments to Local Government level;
  • Determination of an agency, which will be responsible for Local Government bodies;

However, there is a tiny missing note. And in fact I think that it would have been useful to provide a link (web) or email address in the document, this in order to render and ease the development of public consultations with all stakeholders. Streamlining this process by opening up channels of communications vis-à-vis the hot topics behind the reform, could provide policy-makers with more evidence and opinions relevant to this dynamic of change as an ongoing and evolving mechanism.

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