Official: Public sector should embrace transparency

Karin Thompson, chairwoman of the Standards in Public Life Commission, has urged public servants in the Cayman Islands to be mindful of the fine line between their public and private lives and also to embrace transparency in their respective government agencies. 

Speaking to civil servants during a presentation 10 May about the importance of good governance, Ms Thompson reminded her audience that the perception of conflict of interest could be as dangerous as the reality. 

Ms Thompson said embracing transparency will help government agencies to better get their messages across publicly. She encouraged public servants to develop and internalise a working definition of conflict of interest to be applied in their duties and activities. 

Other speakers during a week of similar seminars included Cayman Islands Governor Duncan Taylor, Auditor General Alastair Swarbrick and Police Commissioner David Baines. A team of designates who will lead the Elections Office beginning 1 July also addressed attendees. 

The talks were organised by the Commissions Secretariat to raise civil service awareness of key issues related to governance in the lead-up to the general election scheduled for 22 May.