Public sector reform was on the agenda for the latest G6 Forum of Deputy Governors and Chief Secretaries which took place on 9 and 10 May at the Grand Cayman Courtyard Marriott.
Senior officials from the Turks and Caicos, Bermuda, Montserrat, and the UK met with Cayman Islands Acting Governor and Chief Secretary George McCarthy for the two-day conference.
In welcoming the delegates, Mr. McCarthy recalled a time when he and future Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts had the opportunity to attend a similar event in New Zealand that inspired a new model for managing Cayman’s budget, expressing his hope that this event would generate similar creativity.
‘We are looking forward to sitting down as decision-makers and carefully considering the issues that are impacting our various territories, particularly in regard to the initiatives that are on the way to effect improvements within the public service of our respective countries,’ said Mr. McCarthy.
He was hopeful the group would be able to formulate a plan of action for sharing ideas, and to learn from each other.
At the previous G6 Deputy Governors conference held last year in Bermuda, the group discussed a number of issues related to Cayman’s personnel management initiative.
‘Since that time, we have introduced appropriate legislation as of the first of January, 2007,’ said Mr. McCarthy.
The three-pronged approach involves a financial reform initiative, a human resources initiative and reforms related to government statutory authorities.
‘We hope that by modernising the civil service, public service reform will lead to more openness and trust, and help us implement change in a more efficient way,’ said Mr. McCarthy.
‘For instance, statutory authorities must recognise that that are part of the government structure, as they are heavily subsidized by government and need to behave accordingly,’
With the input of UK Department for International Development staff, the delegates were expecting to further explore such issues as ethics and integrity with in the public service, as well as other improvements to the function of their countries’ respective public service sectors.
‘In the Cayman Islands, for example, we are on the way with these reforms, in empowering senior management to take responsibility for human resources decisions within their respective departments,’ said Mr. McCarthy.