The management of the Cayman Islands civil service is beginning a “rationalisation exercise” that will involve all of its ministries, portfolios, departments, statutory authorities and government companies.
The wholesale review was announced via e-mailed department head meeting minutes, sent out to the press on Saturday, and was to be led by current civil service chief officers Eric Bush, Dax Basdeo and Alan Jones.
“There are 13 ministries and portfolios, over 70 departments and sections, 25 statutory authorities and government companies and numerous boards, committees and commissions,” the meeting minutes from 21 January read.
“Some functions and responsibilities of these entities may be duplicated, obsolete, misplaced or require structural adjustments to better serve the needs of the country.”
A report was expected in April detailing the civil service’s new organisational structure, including the addition of two new government ministries created under the 2009 Constitution Order.
The rationalisation review was set to assist Governor Duncan Taylor in allocating responsibilities for the new government following the May general election.
A UK expert has been requested to assist the project team.
The Cayman Islands civil service has been working for quite some time on downsizing. Deputy Governor Franz Manderson has previously announced plans to cut civil service staff by some 360 positions within the next five years.
There is also a “pay freeze” for all members of the civil service that was announced last August.
The service and its related authorities and companies still employ in the neighbourhood of 6,000 individuals – well more than 10 per cent of the Cayman Islands entire workforce.