Government issues report

Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts tabled the Cayman Islands Government Mid-term in the Legislative Assembly on Monday.

Mr. Tibbetts said when the People’s Progressive Movement took office in 2005 it pledged to embrace a style of governance that was open, honest and transparent.

‘The government’s Mid-term Report… was conceived to provide a public and highly visible account of this government’s achievements to date and its plans for the remainder of this term,’ he said.

The report details the achievements and plans each of the government’s ministries and portfolios, which are all prefaced by a note from the respective minister or senior officer.

The introduction to the 44-page glossy magazine-style report is written by Mr. Tibbetts and contains many of the same statements the Leader of Government Business made in the House Monday.

‘The report provides a comparison with the promises that were made in the [PPM’s] 2005 manifesto, and provides a real measure of this administration’s success in delivering on those goals, which have brought about a great many improvements to the quality of life for the people of the Cayman Islands,’ he said. ‘That said, it recognizes also that there remains much still to be accomplished, and outlines the substantial plans that are in place for the remainder of this government’s term, across all of its departments and units.’

Mr. Tibbetts said the Mid-term Report also sets out how the PPM government ‘is perhaps the first ever to take a joined-up approach to managing the affairs of the country’.

Leader of the Opposition McKeeva Bush criticised certain aspects of the report.

‘I have a concern over the PPM party’s report being laid as a government report,’ he said, calling the Mid-term report ‘perhaps an innovation by the PPM’.

Mr. Bush stated that he didn’t think the report was really a government report and brought up the issue of the cost involved to produce it. He also noted that Members of the Legislative Assembly are not allowed to question the substance of reports laid in the house.

‘I have no problems with the document being laid as a statement, that way I could ask questions about what the PPM hasn’t done,’ he said.

Mr. Tibbetts rose to respond to Mr. Bush.

‘Government was very careful from the onset – because we knew what [Mr. Bush] might say and what others might say – that this report is not a party report, it’s a government report.’

Mr. Tibbetts said it was the government’s prerogative to inform the public about what it was doing.

It is the intention of the government to see the Mid-term report widely distributed for access to the general public, Mr. Tibbetts said.

The hard copy will be ‘publicly disseminated in short order’, Mr. Tibbetts said afterward, adding that it would also be posted on the government website.

Cabinet Minister Arden McLean suggested the report would make for good reading over the Christmas holidays.

‘I would encourage the public to read it and give us some feedback,’ he said.