Remote Deliberation in Trinidad and Tobago: Navigating Parliamentary Proceedings During a Pandemic
About the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago. Written on September, 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has necessitated the adoption of remote work and virtual meetings in various aspects of society, including government and parliamentary procedures. Trinidad and Tobago, a Caribbean nation located off the northeast coast of Venezuela, is no exception. In this essay, we will discuss the country's experience in transitioning to remote deliberation for its parliament, the challenges faced, and the benefits that have arisen from this new approach.
The Transition to Virtual Meetings
In response to the pandemic, Trinidad and Tobago's parliament, known as the Red House, began hosting virtual committee meetings starting May 21st, 2020. This historic event marked a significant shift in the way parliamentary business was conducted, with staff and committee members alike adapting to the new format. These virtual meetings were organized and facilitated by the IT and broadcasting units, with security measures in place to prevent unauthorized access and disruptions.