Town and Country Planning Division is charged with the responsibility for administering the Town and Country Planning Act, Ch. 35:01 of the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago, on behalf of the Minister responsible for town and country planning. The functions of the Division derive from the mandate of the Minister, under the provisions of the Act, to secure consistency and continuity in the framing and execution of a comprehensive policy with respect to the use and development of all land in Trinidad and Tobago. This is effected by carrying out two main functions – Development Planning and Development Control
- Develop and keep, under review, a comprehensive policy framework, a national physical development planning framework, regional plans and local area plans to guide decision making on the use and development of land
- Evaluate and determine on behalf of the Minister, applications for planning permission to develop land, in accordance with land use policies and plans
- Evaluate and determine applications for the display of advertisements
- Enforcement of planning control
- Assist in the preparation and review of relevant planning legislation
- Provide an up-to-date database of land use planning data and information for decision making on land use and land development
- Maintain the register of planning applications
- To provide sound legal advice to the Ministry and its divisions, as required, on issues affecting the operations and responsibilities of the Ministry. This would include-
- Ensuring that the Ministry and its divisions carry out their required statutory obligations and where relevant, within specified time frames
- Protecting the Ministry from litigation by ensuring that the policies and procedures of the Ministry and its divisions are not inconsistent with established legal principles or contrary to law.
- To assist in the development of the laws relevant to the Ministry and its divisions by reviewing existing legislation and making recommendations for amendments to, repeal and replacement of, or the creation of new legislation.
- To act as Instructing Attorneys to the Solicitor General’s Department and the Director of Public Prosecutions with respect to all litigious matters.
The Advisory Town Planning Panel (ATPP) was established under Section 4 of the Town and Country Planning Act, Chapter 35:01. The Panel shall, with a view to the proper carrying out of the provisions and objects of the Act, advise the Minister on any matter within their knowledge or on which the Minister may seek their advice. It is in this regard that the Panel was empowered to reviews the decisions of Town and Country Planning Division(TCPD). The Panel’s business is focused on its core competency – case review. Interviews are conducted, site visits undertaken and recommendations made to the Honourable Minister in support of this core competency. The end result of these activities are that applicants are afforded a second opportunity to have their applications heard while the TCPD is also given the opportunity to re-examine the prevailing land use policies that affect the initial decision of the Division.
The ATPP allows applicants a single opportunity to get their refused TCPD application reviewed.
A citizen of Trinidad and Tobago has simply to submit a letter requesting review to:
Advisory Town Planning Panel
Eric Williams Finance Building
Port of Spain
The applicant’s letter should contain the following:
- Subject and Location of the site (as stated in the Town and Country Planning Division’s Refusal/Approval letter)
- Reason(s) for appeal
- Proper Mailing Address
- Telephone number(s)
Attachments to letters:
- Copy of the Refusal/Approval letter from the Town and Country Planning Division
- In case of subdivision, a copy of the Cadastral Sheet or a Site Plan Layout should also be submitted
- Any other supporting documentation
After submitting the letter to the ATPP, the review Process is as follows:
- Acknowledgement letter– A letter acknowledging receipt of your documents will be forwarded to you.
- Invitation letter– This letter serves to inform the applicant of the date and time they are scheduled to be interviewed by the Panel (a telephone call would also be made to the Applicant informing them of same). At the interview the applicant will be given an opportunity to present their particular case before the Panel.
- Advice letter– This letter will indicate the final decision of the Honourable Minister on the matter which was brought before the Panel.
Contact Information for the ATPP
PBX: 627-9700 Extensions 2115
Fax No. 623-7348
The Communications Unit of the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development is the main channel of communication for all the Ministry’s Divisions and Statutory Boards, with both its internal and external stakeholders. The Communications Unit strives to develop and disseminate a clear, consistent, integrated communications message, stemming from the creative interaction and engagement of staff at all levels, to combat misinformation and communicate the true successes of the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development. Effective communications within the Ministry is achieved through the close collaboration and cooperation of the Minister’s office, Permanent Secretaries, Divisional Heads and Communications Staff. The Communications Unit strives to ensure that the information communicated to its target audiences is always relevant, accurate and timely.
Corporate Phone: 627-9700 Ext 2073
Phone: 627-9700 Ext 2074
Phone: 627-9700 Ext 2076
Phone: 627-9700 Ext 1457
To provide an efficient and effective information service to support the Ministry in formulating, coordinating and guiding policies, plans and sustainable development and activities at the macro level to improve the quality of life of all people.
To acquire a primary source of information services and resources that are timely and accurate, by a well trained and courteous staff, in a pleasant and professional environment.
The National Transformation Unit was established in the Ministry of Planning and the Economy. The mandate of the Unit include inter alia:
- To implement the Medium Term Action Plan for building assessment and evaluation capability for Trinidad and Tobago, to include, building capacity in Monitoring & Evaluation – tools, methods, approaches and concept, developing indicators, setting targets, measuring outcomes and conducting evaluations
- Co-ordinate the implementation of the National Policy and Strategic Plans
- Establish a reporting framework against the National Policy of the Government and Ministries’ Strategic Plans
- Produce an Annual Report on the progress of government policies / programmes and projects in accordance with agreed targets and performance measures
- Develop an Information Technology system to track performance
- Serve as the management centre for national and sectoral evaluations of projects and programmes
Mandate of the National Transformation Unit
The mandate of the National Transformation Unit (NTU) includes, inter alia, building assessment and evaluation capability for Trinidad and Tobago, which includes building public sector capacity in Monitoring and Evaluation. Additionally, the NTU is also required to monitor and evaluate the implementation of National Policies and Plans.
In this regard, the NTU has moved a step further to fulfilling its mandate with the development of a National Performance Framework 2012-2015, to track progress being made in the execution of the five (5) Priorities set out by Government in the Medium Term Policy Framework for Trinidad and Tobago.
As a consequence of the National Performance Framework, the first Annual Report on Performance (2012) has now been produced and published by the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development, thorough the National Transformation Unit. This Report, highlights Government’s performance through dedicated work of Ministries/Agencies and Departments. It attempts to highlight how well Government has performed over the last fiscal year and also gives an indication of the targets that have been set by Ministries until 2015.
Contact Information: (ext 215, 217, 216, 207)
The Technical Co-operation Unit is the national focal point for interfacing with Governments, Regional and International Agencies on technical cooperation, and for accessing and facilitating the transfer of technology and expertise towards sustainable development. Technical Cooperation includes a range of assistance activities (including projects, consultancies, provision of experts and study tours) designed to develop national capacity through improvement in the level of skills, knowledge, technical know-how and productive aptitudes of the population.
Main sources of Technical Cooperation:
- International Institutions/Organizations
- Bilateral Cooperation Arrangements
Technical Assistance in Trinidad and Tobago is largely donor driven (i.e. it is responsive to offers of assistance from international agencies/organizations and donor countries). However there are several bilateral cooperation initiatives.
Work of the Division
This involves the administration and implementation of technical assistance programmes and projects from multilateral and international agencies such as the United Nations (UNDP, FAO etc.), Organization of American States (OAS), the Commonwealth Secretariat and other international bodies. The Unit liaises closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other line Ministries and Agencies to ensure timely and efficient project submissions as well as monitoring of ongoing projects.
This entails accessing cooperation through existing and proposed bi-lateral technical co-operation agreements with other countries. There are a number of technical co-operation initiatives between countries such as Brazil, Mexico, China, Japan and India which are currently being pursued.
The Core Functions of the Unit include:
- Coordinating with and providing assistance toMinistries and Agencies with the formulation and submission of project proposals for technical cooperation
- Ensuring that projects/ programmes proposed are in accordance with National Development goals and that development priorities are advanced by technical cooperation initiatives
- Monitoring the implementation of approved projects
- Provision of information on technical cooperation opportunities to public sector agencies and civil society
- Assessment of the demand and supply of technical cooperation as it contributes to meeting the priority needs of the country
- Accessing all possible sources of technical cooperation to meet identified needs
- Coordination among donor agencies to ensure there is no overlap of technical cooperation and to minimize gaps
- Facilitating Technical Cooperation between Trinidad and Tobago and other developing countries (South-South Cooperation)
- Collaborating with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and relevant agencies on bi-lateral Technical Cooperation Agreements
- Liaising closely with local representatives of International Organisations
Socio-Economic Policy Planning (SEPP)
The Socio-Economic Policy Planning (SEPP) Division is responsible leading the socio economic development planning process through the formulation, coordination and continuous review of medium and long-term strategies and policies for national development in consultation with other government agencies and stakeholders. The Division is required to (i) inform and assess national policy, based on sound economic research; (ii) inform the development and review of sector plans (iii) provide policy direction to national, regional and international organizations to guide strategic intervention.
The core functions of the Division include:
- Providing the framework and coordinating mechanism for holistic national policy development
- Developing and reviewing medium and long-term national development plans in consultation with stakeholders
- Coordinating inter sectoral policy and strategies and ensuring consistency national development goals
- Monitoring , reviewing and assessment of the impact of social and economic policies
- Research and analysis of domestic and international social and economic trends to facilitate evidence based national policy development
The goal of the Accounting Division is to satisfy the needs of its customers by effecting payments punctually and with careful examination in accordance with Financial Regulations using skilled personnel.
The major functions of the Division are Budgetary Control, Payroll Accounting and General Accounting tendered to the following Divisions of the Ministry:
- General Administration
- Library Services
- Technical Co-operation Unit
- Urban and Regional Planning Division
- Project Planning and Reconstruction Division
Ms. Gloria Bethel
Accounting Executive I
623 4989 or 627 0065 EXT: 254
Ms. Sandra Seecharan
627 0065 EXT: 236
The Accounting Unit can be reached at Telephone: 627 0065 / 625 5877 or
mailing address: # 76 Henry Street, Port-of-Spain.
Fax: 624 0744
Central Statistical Office (CSO)
The CSO is a Division of the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development charged with the responsibility of taking censuses in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and collecting, compiling, analyzing and publishing statistical information relating to all social and economic activities of the people of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Dave Clement Director of Central Statistical Office Phone: 623-6495 ext 4501
The Project Planning and Reconstruction Division (PPRD) comprises a team of project management professionals who are committed to providing service to line Ministries and Executing Agencies in the area of technical support that inspires confidence and enhances their ability to deliver goods and services to improve the quality of life of citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.
The Division is responsible for the preparation of the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) which is the capital expenditure component of the National Budget and generally represents an amalgamation of individual projects and programmes. The PSIP is the instrument available to the Government to translate its plans, objectives and strategies into tangible projects and programmes with a view to accelerating growth and development within the country and therefore the transformation agenda of the Government.
The core functions of the PPRD are to:
- Secure for the PSIP, adequate resources on the most beneficial terms and conditions
- Allocate these resources efficiently among a set of programmes and projects that have been vigorously and carefully selected and prioritized along the lines of policy objectives as articulated in the Medium Term Policy Framework 2011 – 2014 and on the basis of criteria including jobs created, value for money
- Assist line Ministries and Executing Agencies in the effective implementation of the projects and programmes for which these resources have been allocated, by upgrading the skills and capabilities of implementing agencies in human resource and operating systems, and providing technical advice relating to the project cycle
- Co-ordinate and manage PSIP implementation to facilitate optimization of the use of the resources, by pro-active monitoring, interaction, and encouraging the timely flow of accurate and reliable information from client Ministries
- Evaluate the impacts of projects and programmes in terms of benefits accrued, best practices learnt, strengths and weaknesses in project design etc.
The Human Resource Management Division (HRD) is responsible for managing the various Human Resource functions within the Ministry. It is fundamentally about matching human resources to the strategic and operational needs of the organization and ensuring the full utilization of those resources. These activities are not taken in isolation as it requires that the Division works closely with the three core Human Resource Agencies within the Public Service. These Agencies are:
- Service Commissions Department: responsibility for recruitment and selection; appointment, promotions, transfers and disciplinary matters pertaining to public officers.
- Personnel Department: responsible for setting of terms and conditions of employment,
- Ministry of Public Administration with specific reference to the Public Management Consulting Division which is responsible for the creation and abolishing positions.
There are approximately one thousand (1000) positions within the Ministry which is comprised of seven hundred (700) establishment positions and three (300) hundred contract positions. Of the establishment positions approximately 70% are filled with a corresponding 50% for contract positions. The HRD has set a target of having all contract positions filled by June 2013.
The Objectives of the HRD are as follows:
- To provide advisory and consultancy services to line managers in respect of Human Resource Management issues.
- To ensure departments/sections are optimally and effectively staffed in order that they fulfill their objectives and strategic priorities.
- To provide employee relations/administrative support services so that harmonious relationships and good industrial relations practices are maintained in the workplace.
- To undertake/co-ordinate human resource development initiatives for the improvement of the competencies and capabilities of staff.
The Structure of the HRD:
There are forty-two (42) officers in the HRD which is headed by a Director, Human Resource. The organizational chart of the HRD is attached. The Division is divided into the following sections:
- Human Resource Planning
- Training and Development
- Employee Relations
- Performance Management
Human Resource Planning
This section is headed by an Administrative Officer IV with responsibility for the following:
- Creation of new and additional posts;
- Manpower planning with the utilization of Delegated Authority from the Service Commission Department;
- Preparation of quarterly reports of devolved functions for submission to Service Commissions Department.
- Maintaining records on Integrated Human Resource Information System (iHRIS) and ensuring the implementation of Integrated Global Payroll (IGP) in the Ministry.
- Undertaking training needs assessment;
- Preparation and training and development plan for the Ministry;
- Coordinating and Implementing training and development activities for the Ministry;
- Providing orientation and induction training to new entrants in the Public Service;
- Leave Administration;
- Labour Management Relations
- Grievance Procedure and Discipline;
- Health and Safety;
- Preparation and submission of Pension and Leave Records for monthly paid staff to Comptroller of Accounts;
- Ensuring the payment of pension and gratuity to retired public officers.
- Co-ordinating employee assistance programme – it can be noted that all members of staff can access the services provided with utmost confidentiality.
- Monitoring probationary period of officers and ensuring recommendations for confirmation are submitted to the Service Commission Department;
- Providing advice to Heads of Departments/Sections in the Public Service on the new Performance Management system;
- Advertising of Positions.
- Recruitment and Selection.
- Co-ordinating of Terms and Conditions of Employment with the Personnel Department.
- Finalization of contracts with the Solicitor General’s department.
Training and Development
This section is headed by a Human Resource Officer III with responsibility for:
This section is headed by an Human Resource Officer II with responsibility for:
This section is headed by an Administrative Officer II. The Performance Management System is the tool used to evaluate the performance of employees within the Public Service. This is done on an annual basis and aligns organizational objectives with individual performance targets. It is from the evaluation of the annual performance appraisal that officers are awarded increment and training and developmental needs are identified.
This section is responsible for:
This section is headed by a Senior Human Resource Officer and is responsible for all aspects of human resource functions relative to contract employment these are:
Human Resource Division
October 25, 2012
The National Authorizing Officer who is the Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development is responsible for the administration of development aid from European Union’s Grant resources under the European Development Fund. As such the European Development Fund (EDF) Unit supports the National Authorising Officer in fulfilling the responsibilities of the National Focal Point on EDF matters. The Unit was established in March 2001 and its focus is ensuring full and efficient utilization of the grant funds by facilitating the implementation of the programmes/projects under the Country Support Strategy/ National Indicative Programme. The unit also coordinates all aspects of implementation, specifically, the authorisation of expenditure within the limits of the fund, procurements and contracting of short-term consultants, technical assistance, as well as, the monitoring and appraisal of programmes and projects.
The Green Fund is the National Environmental Fund of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. It is a grant facility that is capitalized by a tax, the Green Fund Levy 0.3%, levied on the gross sales or receipts of companies carrying out business in Trinidad and Tobago, whether or not such company is exempt from the Business Levy. The Green Fund was first established under the Finance Act 2000 through the Miscellaneous Miscellaneous Taxes Act, Chapter 77:01 Part XIV - Green Fund Levy
The Fund is accessible to Non-profit Companies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and Community Groups for environmentally-related projects in the areas of remediation, reforestation, environmental education and public awareness of environmental issues and conservation.
The mandate of the Green Fund Executing Unit is to manage the implementation and operations of the Green Fund.
The GFEU executes its mandate through the following core functions:
- Promote the Green Fund among key stakeholders, including public and private sector agencies and beneficiary organizations and community groups;
- Receive and ensure proposals submitted for funding from eligible organizations and community groups meet the criteria of the Green Fund;
- Forward proposals received to the Green Fund Advisory Committee for review and recommendation for certification;
- Monitor the implementation of projects approved for funding, including evaluation of performance, auditing and reporting;
- Coordinate all activities with respect to the administration of the Green Fund;
- Implement the financial system, including monitoring and reporting, in keeping with legal and institutional requirements;
- Provision of timely reports in conformity with requirements of the Green Fund (Amendment) Regulations 2011.
Applicants are encouraged to first consult with officers of the Green Fund Executing Unit on the eligibility of the applicant and the proposed project.
Green Fund is located at:
Level 7, Tower C, International Waterfront Centre
1 Wrightson Road
Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago
Forms available for download:
The new Economic Development Advisory Board was created to advise the Prime Minister and spearhead the development of strategies, plans, programmes, and policies towards the implementation of an Economic Development Framework. This framework would:
- Develop and maintain a model of the economy that would allow for analysis of the short and long term impacts of alternative policies and investments;
- Develop and approach for National Innovation;
- Provide advice to the Government on the feasibility and impact of proposed government policy initiatives across all policy areas – the economic, society, the environment and science and technology – to the extent that these have a bearing on the country’s development;
- Outline how Trinidad and Tobago can forge strategic partnerships with first world companies;
- Support Trinidad and Tobago in becoming the intellectual engine of the Caribbean and a global benchmark;
- Identifying those sectors in our national economy and the technologies that Trinidad and Tobago could exploit over the next fifteen to twenty years, in the creation of a sustainable economy.
- Map a high level road map and strategy for the diversification of the economy;
- Create linkages with the Vision 2030 approach and operational plans;
- Outline strategies to monetise the oil and gas commodity.