Role and Functions of the Commission
The major role and function of the Commission can be summed up in four key points:
- Education and Enlistment of public support
The Commission seeks to promote integrity, particularly among “persons in public life” – from the level of Ministers of Government and Members of Parliament to Permanent Secretaries, Chief Technical Officers and members of the Boards of Statutory Bodies and State Enterprises.
The Commission is required to regulate the conduct of “persons exercising public functions” through the receipt of declarations of income, assets and liabilities, and by monitoring compliance with the Code of Conduct presented in Part IV of the Integrity in Public Life Act, 2000. The Commission is responsible for examining the practices and procedures of public bodies in order to facilitate discovery of corrupt practices.
Public education to foster an understanding of integrity among the wider community in Trinidad and Tobago is a key responsibility of the Commission.