Detection & Prevention of Corruption in Procurement


Procurement is widely recognised as one of the areas most vulnerable to corrupt practices within an organisation in the form of bribery, bid-rigging and illicit enrichment.

Theft, fraud and corruption in Public and Private Sector Procurement extend well beyond the financial loss, it affects an organisation's reputation and credibility and can hamper and delay implementation of critically needed programmes and projects. Corruption increases cost and ultimately reduces competitiveness. Very often organisations are caught trying to stop the proverbial "horse that has already bolted the stable".

This lack of compliance with the law and acceptable rules of conduct is due in large measure to the absence of proper codes of conduct coupled with inadequate or no training in detection and avoidance for those mandated to monitor and oversee procurement transactions.

Target Audience

Anyone interested in eliminating corruption in procurement in the Public and Private Sectors as well as Directors, Internal Auditors, Purchasing Managers, Agents, Buyers and Senior Administrators responsible for procurement.


Learning Objectives

This workshop seeks to alert participants to the risk areas for unethical behaviour and corruption in procurement and to provide guidance in prevention, identification, and proactive avoidance.

It will also bring awareness to the various penalties in place for such corrupt practices in both the private and public sector.

At the end of the workshop participants should be able to:

  • Use practical skills to assess weaknesses in their procurement process
  • Develop and implement appropriate corruption prevention strategies and management controls
  • Design and implement a transparent and ethical procurement work system
  • Quickly observe and identify corrupt practices
  • Establish a proper Code of Practice for all stakeholders

Programme Outline

This workshop will cover:

  1. The link between a code of Ethics and Procurement.
  2. How and why does corruption occur and what are the risk areas?
  3. How to know where the imaginary line is drawn so that employees do not cross it?
  4. The Importance of a written Code of Conduct to establish the line for procurement officials separate and apart from the policies and procedures that guide procurement decisions.
  5. How unethical procurement practices are manifested in the work place, the symptoms and indicators with the use of workshop practical case studies
  6. E-procurement anti-corruption strategies
  7. Systems that can be implemented to prevent corrupt practices, including procurement audits, separation of authority, and whistle blowing among others.
  8. The application of the relevant laws and penalties including the Prevention of Corruption Act, The Integrity in Public Life Act, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and The Trinidad &Tobago Companies Act.
  9. The role of the Board as it relates to Procurement transactions with specific reference to the Central Tenders Board and the Boards of Private and Public Companies. How much information should the Board have before a transparent procurement decision is made?

Facilitator: Mr. Pascall Marcelin 

Mr. Pascall Marcelin is a Procurement and Contracts Consultant with over twenty five years experience in Procurement gained from working both as a fulltime executive and on consultancy assignments with both Government and Private Sector institutions. For the past five years he has facilitated Supply Chain Management training courses at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Marcelin is a Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) and the first Trinidadian to gain this prestigious certification while being resident in Trinidad. He is the holder of a BSc Degree in Economics from the University of the West Indies, a Bachelor of Laws LLB (Hons) degree from the University of London , a Post Graduate Diploma in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Barbados as well as a Legal Practicing Certificate( LPC) from the University of Staffordshire United Kingdom. He is currently attached to Integrity Law Chambers in San Fernando.

He is a founding Member and Past President of SECU Credit Union and currently serves as a Director.


Date View Event Calendar 23rd - 24th July, 2014
Time 8:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Duration 2 Days
Cost TT $4,000.00 (inclusive of training materials, refreshments and Certificate of Participation) 
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice.
Venue Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business
South Campus
Gopaul Lands


Tel: 645-6700
Fax: 662-1411


Tamara Edwards - ext. 157
Jamie Kendall - ext. 155



Certificates will only be issued to participants who have attained a minimum attendance rate of 75% for the duration of the course.

Course Cancellation/ Reschedule Policy

Arthur Lok Jack GSB (ALJGSB) reserves the right to cancel training at any time. If ALJGSB cancels the training due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of ALJGSB, you are entitled to a full refund of the course fee, or your course fee can be credited toward a future training, based upon availability (providing payments have been made before original advertised date).

ALJGSB reserves the right to reschedule training at any time. If ALJGSB reschedules training due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of ALJGSB, the training will take place at the next available time. Participants will be informed via phone and/or e-mails.



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