Parliamentarians using less paper

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    MP Vandana Mohit

    The Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago has accelerated its transition to a paperless
    Parliament primarily because of the increased number of virtual committee meetings.

    For the purpose of accessing parliamentary e-libraries, Apple iPad devices were issued to
    Members who do not already have devices provided by the state.

    The transition to a paperless Parliament began in 2012 with the rollout of the Parliament’s
    Strategic Plan 2013-2018 and that meant that the Parliament no longer accepts bulky hard
    copy documents from Ministries and external agencies.

    Additionally, all parliamentary documents, inclusive of Order Papers, Bills and Notices of Questions are distributed to Members electronically. Consequently, Parliament’s reliance on paper was significantly reduced during the last Parliament.

    In the current Parliament, the objective is to further reduce the Parliament’s consumption of paper and to minimize the necessity to print documents. Members will be required to utilize their devices to access Chamber-related documents and participate at sittings.

    Given the prevalence of virtual committee meetings, the transition to a paperless Parliament has been accelerated and all Committee-related documents must now be accessed electronically by Members.