The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Arts says Pan Trinbago, the governing body for the steelpan in Trinidad and Tobago will undergo a forensic audit of its finances at the conclusion of Carnival 2017.
The announcement was made by Minister Nyan Gadsby-Dolly at a news conference today.
The minister said the government was concerned about various allegations of financial improprieties in Pan Trinbago.
She said a ‘Right to Audit’ Clause will be inserted into contracts for all groups and organisations that receive large subventions from the state, to ensure accountability and transparency in the use of public funds.
The minister also gave the assurance that public funds were disbursed to Pan Trinbago through the National Carnival Commission, NCC, in response to news that some panmen have not been paid.
The minister told the news conference that all is in place for Carnival and that this matter will in no way affect the hosting of Panorama competition and by extension, Carnival 2017.
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