The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) has submitted initial input into development of a Road Map for Trinidad and Tobago for recovery from the impacts of COVID‐19 and transformation of the economy and the society in the medium to long term.
They were submitted in response to an email invitation to civil society organisations (CSOs) to submit comments to individual members of a High Level Multi‐Sectoral Committee established by the Prime Minister on April 16, 2020.
A participatory approach to development of the Road Map
• An important task like development of a Road Map for recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 and transformation of the economy and the society in the medium to long term should be done in an inclusive manner and be information-based. A rushed job by a small group of persons (however well-qualified and intentioned) with no structured mechanisms in place for stakeholder engagement is not adequate, appropriate nor acceptable.
• Rethinking, reimagining and reforming are needed to address the fundamental structural and policy issues in the development model of T&T that cause and exacerbate the social and economic vulnerabilities to pandemics and other risks. New institutions that are people-centred, sustainable and resilient must be created. The Committee, or one of the established sub-committees, should focus on framing the holistic development model of a ‘new economy’ that is sustainable, inclusive and resilient.
• A whole of society approach is required to develop the Road Map and build meaningful partnerships and effective engagement mechanisms to support implementation of strategies.
• The full range of civil society working across key sectors should therefore be properly represented, including on sub-committees to help to bring stakeholder perspectives and identify opportunities for partnerships.