The Committee’s role is to review and edit the publications of the Chamber, with specific reference, but not limited to, the weekly columns viz, “The Chamber’s Position” in the Business Guardian and “Chamber Perspectives” in the Newsday. A monthly column, “From the Desk of the President”, appears in the Express. These, along with the quarterly “Contact” magazine, represent the main print publications of the Chamber. The Chamber also airs a regular Tuesday weekly radio programme on I95.5FM called “Contact with the Chamber”. The content of this programme reflects and helps to solidify the messages of the print articles. Meetings: Meetings occur fortnightly
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The Communications Committee has been in existence for more than fifteen years, having first been established under the presidency of Mr. Joe Pires, Snr. (1987-1988). Initially called the Editorial Committee, it was formed so that the Chamber could have a public voice for its opinions on a regular basis. The Committee’s role is to review and edit the publications of the Chamber, with specific reference, but not limited to, the weekly columns viz, “The Chamber’s Position” in the Business Guardian and “Chamber Perspectives” in the Newsday. A monthly column, “From the Desk of the President”, appears in the Express. These, along with the quarterly “Contact” magazine, represent the main print publications of the Chamber. The Chamber also airs a regular Tuesday weekly radio programme on I95.5FM called “Contact with the Chamber”. The content of this programme reflects and helps to solidify the messages of the print articles. The Contact Magazine is thematic so that two-thirds of the articles explore the various issues related to the particular theme. Contact is mailed to members of the Chamber and also distributed via the Trinidad Guardian. Complimentary copies are given to Government and the Diplomatic Corps. The main issues that form the basis for the Chamber’s lobby efforts are largely reflected in its publications and radio programme. Writing on the premise that all issues that affect the national landscape affect business, main themes of articles have included the Economy, Trade, Crime, Education, Health and Poverty. The Chairman of the Communications Committee is the T&T Chamber’s President, who may delegate the Chairmanship on occasion and includes a strong Board presence. The Committees of the Chamber, nominated writers, and the general membership may submit articles of approximately 800 words for review by the committee, which meets fortnightly. You may visit our archives at www.chamber.org.ttwhere articles and the radio programme are posted.
MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
- Ronald Hinds (Chair)
- Halima Khan (Committee Project Assistant)
- Andrew Johnson
- Anthony Agostini
- Dalia King
- Gabriel Faria
- Hugh Ferreira
- Rachel Stampfli
- Michele Celestine
Meetings: Every 2ndWednesday @ 11:30 am The Crime and Justice Committee was formed to demonstrate the Chamber’s concern about the escalating crime wave in the country, and to make a concerted effort, in whatever way possible, in partnership with the Government and other Private Sector organizations to deal with issues, problems and solutions on crime and the Criminal Justice System in Trinidad and Tobago.
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- To discuss at monthly meetings and make recommendations on matters pertaining to any or all aspects of Crime, Justice, Security and Road Safety as they may tend to adversely affect the private sector or which may be in the national interest.
- To develop and implement short term or ongoing projects designed to assist in reducing the high incidence of crime and the increase in security and safety.
- To provide representation for the Chamber on any or all relevant Government or Private Sector bodies dealing with Crime, Justice, Security and Safety.
- To maintain active liaison with the Chamber’s Board of Directors by having at times a member of the Board represented on the Crime and Justice Committee.
- To advise the Chamber on any matters pertaining to crime, justice, security and safety.
- To liaise with and whenever necessary meet in Tobago with the Tobago Division of the Chamber to discuss collaborative efforts in reducing crime and increasing security and safety in Tobago, particularly in respect of the tourist industry.
- To prepare comments for the Chamber on legislation, as required, and to recommend whether new legislation may be needed in any particular area that may be pertinent to the private sector or in the national interest.
- To organize informational seminars, luncheon or breakfast meetings, and the like dealing with subjects relevant to the work of the Crime and Justice Committee
- To raise funds, where possible, for the Crime and Justice Committee either through projects or otherwise, that would enable it to do its work effectively. This may be achieved through the informational sessions.
- To encourage field trips for Committee members to places, institutions and projects of interest to the work of the Committee.
- To encourage and generate camaraderie and team spirit among members of the Committee, respecting each other’s views, and creating an effective and efficient cog in the Chamber’s machinery.
- To do public appearances with respect to impact of crime on business and recommendations for reduction in crime.
To do any or all things that may be of interest to the work of the Committee and which will serve to strengthen its resolve and project the right corporate image for the Chamber.
Every 2ndTuesday @ 9:30 am The Employment and Labour Relations Committee aims to promote good industrial relations and effective Human Resource Management practices, and a safe working environment within its member organizations and the wider business community by providing immediate, up-to-date and relevant, advisory and educational services in collaboration with expert stakeholders and institutions.
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Mandate: Promote national productivity through advocacy for human and social development, effective human resource management and good industrial relations. Mission: Advancing opportunities in developing employers’ human resource and industrial relations management practice. Vision: We are the voice of business, on Employment and Labour Relations.
Every 3rdWednesday @ 7:30 am This Committee’s is tasked with the promotion of environmental, safety and health values for the stainable future of our companies, communities and nation.
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ENVIRONMENTAL CHARTER The T&T Chamber is committed to the protection of the environment through responsible stewardship. Protection of the environment is essential to the health of the communities and resources upon which its members rely, and is beneficial to all its stakeholders. The goal of the NEP is environmentally sustainable development, meaning the balance of economic growth with environmentally sound practices in order to enhance the quality of life and meet the needs of present and future generations.
- The EHSC will comply with all applicable environmental laws, regulations and internal operating procedures and standardsand review of legislation that relates to EHS.
- The EHSC can assist in advising on environmental policy of GORTT via T&T Chamber.
- The EHSC will promote environmental education and awareness among its members and will assist members to understand the importance of compliance with all applicable environmental laws, regulations and internal operating procedures and standards.
- The EHSC will strive to continually improve its understanding and knowledge of resource use, with a specific focus on use of energy, raw materials and water as well as the production of waste and other environmental pollutants.
- The EHSC will work with governmental and local civic leaders, environmental groups and other concerned parties in order to continually develop a mutual understanding of relevant environmental issues.
- The EHSC will foster the development of environmental initiatives that will support community-based environmental initiatives and programs. Should include NGO’s, schools and persons doing good work.
HEALTH AND SAFETY CHARTER The T&T Chamber is committed to the overall health and safety of its stakeholders and in particular, its employees and their families. The T&T Chamber believes that a safe and healthy workplace is a moral imperative reflecting the Corporation’s respect for the individual. The underlying principles of the Health and Safety Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, 2004, as amended by Act No.3 of 2006, the employer, in consultation with the representatives of his employees is required to establish a safety and health committee in industrial establishments, where there are twenty-five employees or if less the Chief Inspector on the basis of prescribed criteria, directs the establishment of such a committee. This committee is the primary mechanism for companies and their staff to work together to identify and resolve safety and health concerns in the workplace.
- The EHSC will promote education and awareness in respect of occupational and personal health and safety among T&T Chamber members and will provide guidance for directors, officers and employees to understand the importance of compliance with all applicable occupational health and safety laws, regulations, and internal operating procedures and standards.
- The EHSC will strive to continually improve its understanding and knowledge of health and safety issues and to identify and recommend to members effective measures in respect of potential health and safety risks.
- The EHSC may provide advice to the T&T Chamber and its employees to monitor health and safety performance in the workplace.
- The EHSC will encourage and support the development of health and safety initiatives by T&T Chamber employees and will act reasonably in respect of implementing any suggested measures which would improve the health and safety of the T&T Chamber work environment.
- The EHSC will foster the development of environmental initiatives, and will support community-based environmental initiatives and programs.
Every 3rdThursday @ 11:00 am The Committeewas established in July 2007 to become the foremost organized group/ association where Facilities Management and Maintenance Professionals are able to attain valuable and useful information is the aim of this Committee. Achieving this will aid in developing and maintaining high standards of practice within the industry locally and regionally.
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The Committee’s mission is:
- To educate stakeholders on and promote the value of Facilities Management and Maintenance
- To advocate the enforcement of appropriate legislation and standards, and
- To create linkages with practitioners of the FMM industry
Every 3rd Thursday @ 4:00 pm The ICT Pro TT Committee is there to encourage the development of appropriate approaches and mentalities to ensure the transformation of the ICT sector to become a leading sector of a knowledge-based economy. Website:http://ictprott.com
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ICT Pro TT was born out of the recalibrations of its former self, the E-Business, Information Technology and Telecommunications (E-BITT) committee. The revitalized committee settled on the following as its core foundation: VISION: Transform Trinidad and Tobago into a Digital Society MISSION: Continuously improve the national ICT capabilities through engagement and partnership with people, businesses and Government. STRATEGIC IMPERATIVES
- Foster collaboration and learning among ICT and business professionals in T&T
- Collaborate with the T&T Chamber’s membership and relevant government agencies to effect changes in laws, policies and strategy to enable the implementation of a digital infrastructure and ultimately enable eServices in all areas.
- Develop a sustainable relationship with Government.
- Lobby for our Membership in ICT-related areas
- Develop and deliver a signature annual event
- Be recognised by the T&T community as a thought leader in ICT
- Capture relevant data from the ICT community.
Every 2ndThursday @ 12 noon The focus of the NOVA Committee is to facilitate the provision of business opportunities for NOVA members; provide NOVA members opportunities to collaborate and network with business leaders as well as to facilitate the development of emerging business professionals.
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PURPOSE AND MANDATE To serve as a critical resource hub and an enabler of MSMEs throughout Trinidad and Tobago. MISSION:
- To provide members with a single access point for referral to the array of available MSME resources and advice in its use.
- To act as a critical and valuable networking hub for MSMEs.
- To facilitate the development of emerging business professionals and the provision of business opportunities for members.
- To provide leadership in the MSME space and enable a regular national stakeholder gathering and debate in order to continuously adapt and improve the MSME ecosystem.
- To be a catalyst for the creation of opportunities for future young business owners, through information and practical hands on sessions
VISION: To be the premier facilitator of business opportunities for Emerging Business Professionals and Medium/Small/Micro Businesses in Trinidad and Tobago.
Meetings: Every 3rdweek of every month, alternating bewteen Tuesdays 12 noon and Wednesdays 5pm MISSION The Committee’s mission is to build a platform for capacity building and advocacy that enables every business to be an active partner in helping to solve Trinidad & Tobago’s socio-economic and environmental challenges. STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES
- Capacity Building -The Responsible Business Committee will support members by:
- hosting virtual and in-person sessions;
- providing technical assistance; and,
- sharing relevant thought leadership and educational materials.
These activities will develop a shared understanding of Responsible Business and assist in the development and implementation of strategic, impactful, and efficient programmes and activities.
- Advocacy – The Responsible Business Committee provides a forum for engaging with key stakeholders to understand their concerns and facilitate an enabling environment that recognizes and incentivizes companies to help solve socio-economic and environmental problems.
Every 3rdTuesday @ 3:30 pm Consider and develop strategies for promoting trade and investment (locally, regionally and internationally) and influence the establishment of an appropriate legal, fiscal and regulatory framework.
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The ITNU acts as the Secretariat for the Trade and Business Development Committee. The Terms of Reference of the Committee are as follows:
- Consider and develop strategies for promoting trade and investment (locally, regionally and internationally) and influence the establishment of an appropriate legal, fiscal and regulatory framework
- Identify, in collaboration with other business organizations current barriers/impediments to competitive trading and issues impacting on business/trading and investment environment in current marketswith a view to developing and promoting industry-wide positions
- Influence Government policies on trade matters and support practical implementation of supportive policies and relevant regulations
- Influence and guide participation in policy formation at the regional level and encourage the implementation of the CSME
- Take actions as necessary pursuant to matters arising from the work of the Diversification and Innovation Roundtable
- Create awareness among members and assist members in developing coherent positions on trade matters
The Committee’s Terms of Reference presage an internal and external agenda. It will be necessary to prioritize activity to ensure that available resources of the Chamber and the Committee are effectively utilized and that the correct issues are being addressed. Among the specific possible activities or issues that may require the Committee’s (attention in no particular order of relevance) are:
- Competitiveness improvement
- Procurement Legislation
- Competition Legislation (Regionally and Nationally)
- Financial Sector Legislation (Insurance)
- Revision of Trade Policies
- Revision of Investment Policy
- Trade Negotiations with Canada and Chile
- EPA Implementation
- Building Business with Central America
- Interaction with the Ambassador for Trade
- Implementation of the Recommendations of the TradeCom Project
- Chamber Trade Missions
- CARICOM-related issues
- Promotion of Innovation
- Diversification of the Economy
Including fiscal incentives where appropriate, appropriate machinery for efficient administration, implementation of rules, regulations, procedures etc.) Including deficiencies/problems with current strategies, policies, legislation, standards, administrative machinery, procedures, implementation
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