The newly formed Utility Regulation and Competition Office, known as OfReg, is holding its first public consultation exercise – on how it should conduct public consultation exercises.
According to a press release from the regulatory body, “The purpose of the consultation is to get public input on how OfReg should conduct public consultation exercises in the future, and will help to establish the Consultation Procedure Guidelines for seeking comments prior to issuing administrative decisions of public significance.”
Under the Utility Regulation and Competition Law, OfReg is required to allow “a reasonable opportunity for persons with sufficient interest, or who are likely to be affected by decisions of the Office, to comment on a draft administrative determination,” said J. Paul Morgan, the CEO of OfReg. “The Office is mandated to publish the procedures for the giving of feedback and information to OfReg. Therefore, as required by the Law, we are doing a public consultation so we can determine exactly how those guidelines should be framed, and we are enlisting the help of stakeholders who have an interest in the regulatory decisions made by OfReg.”
The consultation paper outlines the objectives of the guidelines, the method of consultations, notice of consultations, the layout of consultation documents, format of responses, duration of consultations, and how decisions will be made by OfReg following a consultation.
The consultation period is open until 5 p.m. Monday, May 8. The Consultation Procedure Guidelines document is available at www.ofreg.ky. Responses must be made in writing to OfReg via email on [email protected] or by mail at P.O. Box 2502, Grand Cayman KY1-1104. OfReg will post any comments received on its website on May 19.