Governor comments on key issues

Governor Martyn Roper

During his interview with the Cayman Compass, Governor Martyn Roper also commented on a handful of other key issues that fall under his jurisdiction.

On the vacancy at the top of the Human Rights Commission:

“I am hoping to make an appointment very soon. A number of names are being considered and I hope to announce that in the very near future. I do think that we do have to bear in mind, these commissions are very important for good governance, for our democracy and the rule of law, and I think it is incumbent on all of us to protect the independence of those bodies and also support the people who do those roles. They are important and challenging roles.”

On the National Security Committee:

“Since I have been here, it has met regularly. The topics it discusses are sensitive but we are looking at things like cyber-strategy, anti-gang strategy, road safety, marine safety and sham marriages. That is an important group which is making an important contribution to maintain [the] security of the islands. I understand it was not functional for some time, but I can tell you it is functional now and it is something I attach a lot of importance to.”

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On a new agreement with Jamaica:

“We spoke to the Jamaican Prime Minister [Andrew Holness] about an agreement allowing aircraft and ships to come into each other’s waters and airspace on law enforcement [grounds]. We would aim to sign an MOU which would make that sort of cooperation automatic. At the moment, that happens on an ad hoc basis. That would be a good next step in terms of strengthening the existing law enforcement cooperation with Jamaica.”

On the cruise petition process:

“I think it is right to err on the side of caution and do things transparently [and] in line with the law. I think it was the right decision to verify all the signatures – let’s see how that process goes. We have to remember that for whatever reason, we do not have a law setting out how we do referendums. That is something that will have to be put in place once we have got through this process. It probably would not be right to do it now, but I think we will have to put in place the regulations on how you do referendums in the future.”