T&T hosts WTO procurement workshop
10th February 2020: To solidify public sector procurement processes and build capacity among state procurement professionals, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the World Trade Organization (WTO) with the support of CARICOM hosted an advanced regional workshop on Government Procurement for Caribbean Economies. The three day workshop which was held on February 5-7, 2020 focused on WTO activities, regional developments and policy considerations for the Caribbean.
According to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade of and Industry, Mr Norris Herbert “Trinidad and Tobago continues to enhance the government procurement environment based on the objectives of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Property Act 2015.” In this regard, the country has operationalized many procedures outlined in the WTO’s Agreement on Government Procurement to help shape policies and practices.
A cross-section of senior government officials from Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean participated and acquired critical knowledge in national, bilateral, regional and multilateral trade-related activities and initiatives in the area of government procurement.
State procurement is an area of strategic importance for the WTO and for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, as it accounts for a significant proportion of countries’ GDP. The 33 beneficiaries from 7 CARICOM states were lauded by the WTO representative Philippe Pelletier who spoke at the event’s closing. “Our discussions have shown that your procurement systems already fulfil a lot, if not most, of the procedural and institutional rules of the GPA (WTO Agreement on Government Procurement). We congratulate you and encourage you to continue on this path with the same enthusiasm.”
Several notable speakers from various sectors locally and internationally presented on the significance of government procurement for development disciplines as an aspect of trade, development and economic integration in the Caribbean region.