St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): How important is transparency in Government, how costly can corruption be and who are the key players who should be involved in ensuring transparency? Professor Trevor Munroe from the National Integrity Action in Jamaica will be answering these questions and more on Wednesday’s edition of the Breakfast Show at 9am.
According to Transparency International, transparency is about shedding light on rules, plans, processes and actions and ensures that public officials, civil servants, managers, board members and businesspeople act visibly and understandably, and report on their activities. It goes on to state that transparency is the surest way of guarding against corruption, and helps increase trust in the people and institutions on which our futures depend.
It described corruption generally as “the abuse of entrusted power for private gain” and political corruption is a manipulation of policies, institutions and rules of procedure in the allocation of resources and financing by political decision makers, who abuse their position to sustain their power, status and wealth.
Bio: Professor Trevor Munroe is currently the Executive Director of National Integrity Action, Jamaica’s Chapter of Transparency International and since 2012 has been appointed an Individual Member of TI, one of only 30 globally and the only such from the Caribbean. Professor Munroe has a distinguished record as an academic, in civil society advocacy and in public service.
As an academic, he has authored or co-authored 9 books on Caribbean democratic governance and received many awards. These include the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, the Mona Principal’s Award for research, 2 Fulbright Fellowships taken up at Harvard University in the United States and an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences from Florida International University, the first person from the English speaking Caribbean to receive such as award. After gaining a First Class Honours Degree and a Masters in Government from UWI, Dr. Munroe was awarded the Jamaican Rhodes Scholarship and attained his PhD in Political Science from Oxford University. In September 2013 Professor Munroe was the only person from the Caribbean invited to speak at the 110th Anniversary of the Rhodes Scholarships, celebrated at Oxford University.
As a civil society advocate, Professor Munroe was instrumental as founder/co-founder of the Citizens Action for Free and Fair Elections (CAFFE), University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU), and the award-winning radio current development programmes The Breakfast Club and Jamaica Speaks.
In the sphere of public service, Professor Munroe, on the nomination of then Prime Minister Patterson, served in Jamaica’s Senate for 10 years, championing legislation for greater transparency, accountability and good governance. He also served on the Executive of the Confederation of Trade Unions and the private sectors’ Think Tank in the 1990s. He has served as consultant to the USAID, UKDFID, the UNDP, UNESCO, the OAS, the Carter Centre and many other international bodies. He is currently a member of the “Partnership for a Prosperous Jamaica”, previously called “The Council of Partnership for Jamaica”, now chaired by The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, MP, and previously chaired by former Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller. Previously, he served on Jamaica’s National Security Council on the invitation of then Prime Minister Golding.
In Jamaica’s 2015 National Honours, Professor Munroe was awarded the Order of Distinction, Commander Class (C.D.)
He is married to Ingrid, President and CEO of Excel Insurance Brokers of which he is also the chairman. His two children, Tarik and Kinshasa, each hold Masters Degrees in Human Resource Development.