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Workshop for the Prevention of Corruption in Public Procurement in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. 

On 10 and 11 October 2018, the "Workshop for the Prevention of Corruption in Public Procurement", was delivered by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with the support of the Government of Canada and the Integrity Commission of Trinidad & Tobago, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.

During the opening ceremony, welcome remarks were provided by Ms. Carla Hogan Rufelds, High Commissioner of Canada, and by Mr. Justice Melville Baird, Chairman of the Integrity Commission of Trinidad & Tobago, who both highlighted that the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) provides a framework for shaping national public procurement legislation, calling for the establishment of appropriate systems based on the fundamental principles of transparency, competition and objective criteria in decision-making.

The workshop aimed at building capacity amongst state institutions and the private sector through knowledge of the principles established by the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), the exploration of best international practices and an analysis of specific tools to manage public procurement effectively.

During the training, the standards of public procurement within the United Nations Secretariat and the Panama Canal Authority were discussed, allowing participants to learn about applying rules on acquisition planning, specifications drafting, low value acquisitions, long term agreements, formal methods of solicitation and contracts' administration, among others.

Furthermore, an overview of the local public procurement system and legislative amendments under discussion, was delivered by Mr. Moonilal Lachan, Chairman and Procurement Regulator of the Office of the Procurement Regulation.  

The training was conducted by Mr. Tommaso Mussoni, Chief of the Procurement Unit of UNODC ROPAN; Mrs. Regina Donelson, Procurement Officer of the Panama Canal Authority; and Ms. Cristina Ritter, Legal Expert of UNODC ROPAN, and benefitted twenty-five (25) participants from the public sector.