To address these chal lenges a firm commitment must be made to spe cific policy

To address these chal lenges a firm commitment must

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by inadequate capacity. To address these chal- lenges, a firm commitment must be made to spe- cific policy objectives for strengthening the capac- ity and operations of the public institutions, within the Executive arm of the State, while also continu- ing and expanding public and stakeholder consul- tation in policy-making and development initiatives so as to promote inclusive, democratic processes. Delivering good governance will be at the forefront of development efforts to: Enhance policy making and resource allocation; Foster efficiencies in public institutions; Eradicate poverty and promote an equitable distribution of income and wealth; and Make Trinidad and Tobago more competitive and attractive to investors. In strengthening our democratic institutions, an effective Parliament ensures Government’s accountability and transparency. The revised Standing Orders, which lead to the creation of Joint Select Committees, and the establishment of the General Accounting Office will be useful in promot- ing greater accountability and transparency. Continued improvements in both the criminal and civil justice system will not only enhance social stability but also impact positively on economic development. The goal is to develop an account- able, timely and efficient court system that oper- ates on the basis of integrity, fairness, equality and accessibility and that has public trust and confi- dence. Strengthening the Judiciary is, therefore, key towards the provision of an efficient justice system, which is the foundation for dispute settlement, law enforcement and the protection of human rights. It is also essential that the institutions responsible for law administration and legal affairs such as the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions oper- ate with a cadre of well-trained and equipped pro- fessionals. Fostering partnerships at the global, regional and national levels must form an integral part of Gov- ernment’s development policy framework. This ‘external governance’ is of particular importance to small states. Trinidad and Tobago is, therefore, committed to engaging in partnership for the development of small island developing states, especially those of CARICOM, consistent with Goal 17 of the SDGs: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the Global Partner- ship for Sustainable Development. Public sector reform is essential and several ini- tiatives are already in train or at the conceptual stage aimed at improving governance, public management systems and processes, and mod- ernising infrastructure and operating environ- ments. An important initiative in the public sector reform agenda is the strengthening of the system of national statistics of which the objective is to develop an independent management approach that fosters sound statistical methodologies, pro- fessional data compilation and dissemination practices.
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