Government agencies set to move

About one-third of Cayman’s existing government departments, statutory authorities and government-owned companies will move into the new administration building on Elgin Avenue over the next few months.

According to a list published by government in late October, a total of 25 entities were scheduled to move into the structure in central George Town, which is now the largest public office building in Cayman.

However, at least one of those agencies – the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority – will no longer be housed there apart from a few public service related functions it provides that will operate from the first floor.

Another public entity that was first expected to move into the government office building – the Civil Aviation Authority – will not be going there. Civil Aviation Director Richard Smith confirmed Tuesday that the authority would not be moving.

The Department of Commerce and Investment was initially included in the move in plans and was later left out, but has now been included again. Financial Services Chief Officer Dax Basdeo confirmed the department would be moving into the new office building.

A list published by government in 2008 also had the Internal Audit Unit and the Treasury Department moving into the new office building.

They do not appear in the updated list from October, however organisational changes to government since the approval of the 2009 Constitution have placed many of the former Financial Secretary’s responsibilities under the Ministry of Finance – which is moving into the new office building.

It was unclear if Internal Audit and the Treasury were included in that group.

Calls to government seeking clarification had not been returned by press time. Precisely when government departments will move isn’t known.

According to a statement released Tuesday, the building contractor handed over the keys to government officials this week.

“The first of some 30 government entities will start moving in by the end of March,” the statement read.

The staff relocation will take place over a period of several weeks and government officials said they hoped that would be finished by July.

Work began on the office building in 2008 and had a projected price tag of $85 million.

“This building was an enormous undertaking,” said project manager Jim Scott.

According to the government’s most recent list, the following entities will be moving into the government office building:

The governor, deputy governor and premier’s office as well as all five government ministries

The Cabinet office

The Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs and the Portfolio of the Civil Service

The Attorney General’s office

The Maritime, Electricity Regulatory and Financial Reporting Authorities

The Public Service Pensions Board

The Computer Service department and the Education Department

The General Registry

Government Information Services

Hazard Management Cayman Islands

Lands and Survey and The Planning Department

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