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must ensure that is a direct link between the out- put of the current education system and the human resource needs of Trinidad and Tobago which are themselves aligned with the drivers of the economy, in order to boost productivity in the relevant sectors. DEPENDENCY AND ENTITLEMENT Historically, the response of public policy to the inadequate pace of private sector job creation has been to institute ‘make work’ programmes to pro- vide temporary employment. The number of such programmes has increased and the number of persons engaged in these programmes has also increased. These programmes, while socially nec- essary, have had the unintended consequences of increasing dependency and notions of entitle- ment. They have also contributed to distorting the labour market, leading in recent years to shortages of labour in certain areas of the private sector as wage rates and working conditions in those areas are unable to attract workers from the ‘make work’ programmes. In addition to these effects, these programmes have also been attended by allega- tions of corrupt practices. WEAK INSTITUTIONS Many of our institutions are not working effectively or consistently. There are manifest weaknesses in the Public Service, the Police Service and the Pris- ons Service which have produced unacceptable outcomes in the delivery of public services (e.g. immigration and customs, land management, plan- ning approvals and law enforcement), crime detec- tion and prevention, and prison conditions contrib- uting to recidivism. International agencies, such as the Financial Action Task Force, have noted inade- quate enforcement of laws relating to money laun- dering and corruption, generally. CRIME AND CRIMINALITY For the last two decades, Trinidad and Tobago has been afflicted by unacceptably high rates of seri- ous crimes, particularly murders. While some of the murders are linked to domestic violence, the majority are related to gang violence which is in turn linked to the movement of drugs and the asso- ciated acquisition of firearms. At the same time, the response of policing has been inadequate to meet the challenges despite the higher levels of govern- ment expenditure on the police service and the rapid growth of the private security industry as cit- izens and businesses attempt to protect their lives
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and property. The criminal justice system has also not adjusted to meet the challenge of rising crime with resource and systems inadequacies afflicting the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Judiciary, the Forensic Science Centre and the Prison Service, including overcrowding at prisons. CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT As a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), Trinidad and Tobago is vulnerable and has been impacted by the severe consequences of climate change.
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