Unmask the corrupt; Rowley among guests at March 8 anti-corruption conference

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will open the Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute’s fifth anti-corruption conference on Tuesday March 8 at the Hilton Trinidad in Port of Spain, which is titled “Unmask the Corrupt: Governance, Integrity, People.”

Photo: Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
Photo: Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.

The conference will run from 8 am to 4 pm and will cost $1,500 for regular guests with discounted rates for groups, civil society organisations and members. Lunch and refreshments are included. Click HERE to register.

Transparency International chairman José Carlos Ugaz and local Transparency president Deryck Murray will also address the audience before presentations from the main speakers Anthony Harbinson (Money Laundering: The root of crime, corruption and terrorism), Dr Darren Hayes (The ever-present danger of cybercrime) and Roderick Macauley (Legislation against bribery).

There will also be a “civic society discussion” on “Unmasking the Corrupt: Diverse Perspectives” and a youth debate on the topic: “Be it resolved that the corrupt will remain masked because citizens allow it.”

Photo: Bribery is one of the talking points at the Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute's anti-corruption conference. (Courtesy Telegraph UK)
Photo: Bribery is one of the talking points at the Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute’s anti-corruption conference.
(Courtesy Telegraph UK)

Information on guest speakers:

Anthony Harbinson, ACCA Immediate Past-President 2015-2016, will speak on Money Laundering: the root of crime, corruption and terrorism.

Harbinson is the Director of Safer Communities for the Northern Ireland Department of Justice, responsible for the resourcing, policy and legislative framework for reducing offending, as well as policing and community safety within Northern Ireland.

He is the immediate past Chairman of the UK Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies, the umbrella group of British and Irish chartered professional accountancy bodies.

Photo: The threat of cybercrime will be discussed at the Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute's anti-corruption conference.
Photo: The threat of cybercrime will be discussed at the Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute’s anti-corruption conference.

Dr Darren Hayes, Director, Cybersecurity and Assistant Professor, PACE University will speak on The Ever Present Danger of Cybercrime.

Hayes is a leading expert in the field of digital forensics and cyber security and is listed as one of the Top 10 Computer Forensics Professors, by Forensics Colleges.

At Pace, he has developed a computer forensics programme, including a computer forensics research laboratory and has also provided computer forensics training to law enforcement in the USA and internationally. As a forensics examiner, he has worked on numerous cases involving digital evidence in both civil and criminal investigations and testified as an expert witness.

For a number of years, Hayes served on the Board of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association. In late 2014, he published his latest book entitled “A Practical Guide to Computer Forensics Investigations.”

Photo: Bribery has long plagued Trinidad and Tobago's public sector. (Copyright Canadian Business)
Photo: Bribery has long plagued Trinidad and Tobago’s public sector.
(Copyright Canadian Business)

Roderick Macauley, United Kingdom Ministry of Justice, will explore the UK Bribery Act.

He is a barrister with extensive practitioner experience in criminal law coupled with domestic and international legislative and jurisdictional expertise. In his current role as a criminal law adviser at the United Kingdom Ministry of Justice, Macauley has represented the United Kingdom in various anti-corruption fora, and has acted for the OECD, the Council of Europe and the UN as an anti-corruption compliance evaluator.

Macauley led on the reform of the law of bribery in the United Kingdom, which culminated in the Bribery Act 2010, and subsequently developed the United Kingdom’s Government guidance published on March 31, 2011, and managed the implementation of the Act.

Before and since the commencement of the Bribery Act on July 1, 2011, he has travelled extensively, offering advice and guidance to the global business community, anti-corruption practitioners, law firms and civil-society on the scope of the Bribery Act and its relationship with international law, focusing in particular on corporate liability and commercial bribery prevention.


Editor’s Note: Click HERE to register for the Tuesday Match 8 anti-corruption conference at the Trinidad Hilton.

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  1. Cost too much for me. Should be good though.

  2. probably the food served will be great

  3. I attended one and it was very interesting and threw up some great ideas though. I hope to attend this one too.

    • Report back pls. I guess the recommendations etc will only apply to the private sector…hmm

    • Ironic that it is being organised by a body from whom the silence has been deafening on matters of integrity locally. And one of their members was recently appointed to the international body. If they do not lead the call to hold ppl accountable-as opposed to Fixin TnT for eg, do they have any moral authority to lecture us? How is the whistleblowing legislation going? Any tax reform? Powers given to Integrity Commission, Ombudsman, Auditor General? Oh, well. @lasana, I have no doubt the forum provided good information. But it’s what we do with it after where everything falls down-lack of follow through. Maybe this could impact the slant of stories from journalists-public interest element and maybe then the public might be more open to information provided by journalists. Seems right now too many stories come across as partisan.

    • That’s very true Nerisha. Ken Gordon had front row seat when I went. And I was stunned that he had several cases to deal with that were, flipping verbatim, exactly what was discussed.
      Needless to say he did nothing like best practice.

    • Lasana Liburd but…in fairness to the man, he did come out and say the IC like a toothless tiger-I guess the bark worse than the bite. Same I guess like the threat of the Fraud Squad. If we are realistic and looking for value for money, doesn’t it make sense to strengthen our institutions and give the power to these oversight bodies? How many ppl have been reported to these bodies, how many charged, how many successfully prosecuted? Enough said! Lol.

    • Very true Nerisha. You might as well forget the FIU and report crime to the bogeyman. Both only sound scary to those who don’t know better.

  4. One conference dont make a difference just like one swallow dont make a summer

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