Editorial for 19 August: We have an island of MOUs

Up until a few years ago, the term
Memorandum of Understanding was virtually unheard of here.

It was known that the Cayman Islands
Government had signed one of these mysterious agreements with Cuba with regard
to refugees from that country, but it wasn’t given much thought. In recent
years, however, we’ve seen a flurry of memorandum of understandings – some of
them even being “ministerial” – between government and various private sector
entities.

Now we have an MOU between government
departments, the Health Services Authority and the police.

Unfortunately, these MOUs accomplish very
little.

A memorandum of understanding is either a
non-binding agreement to cooperate or just a way of putting on paper the desire
of parties to reach a substantive agreement. It’s mostly just show – sizzle
with no steak.

The question then becomes: Why even sign
them? 

The Health Services Authority should
already cooperate with the police to support “critical investigation processes
surrounding young and vulnerable victims or witnesses of crime”? Do we really
need an MOU for that?

And when it comes to the government signing
all these MOUs with private sector entities about big projects, wouldn’t it be
better to just go back to a system where companies bid on projects and then
signed contracts after winning the bid?

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