The acting governor, premier, ministers and senior civil servants of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government are taking part in a two day conference on good governance Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 September 2013.
The good governance workshop will be led by Dr Carlton Davis (former Cabinet Secretary of Jamaica) and Adeyemi Ogunmefun, Secretariat of the Commonwealth. Participants of the workshop will include all members of cabinet and permanent secretaries, the most senior official in each government ministry.
The event has been fully funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Commonwealth Secretariat, and takes place in the solitude of Parrot Cay, a private resort island in the TCI.
It is intended to build on the extensive public sector reform implemented in recent times in the TCI, which has seen the development of a code of conduct for public persons, including ministers and permanent secretaries.
The workshop has the following objectives:
• Ministers and permanent secretaries will have a clear outline of their working expectations from each other
• Permanent secretaries will be clear on priorities of ministers
• Ministers will be clear on the roles and responsibilities of permanent secretaries
• Ministers and permanent secretaries would have outlined a pathway to developing and implementing key outputs for ministries
Sessions will cover topics such as:
• Business of Cabinet
• Roles and responsibilities of permanent secretaries
• Roles and responsibilities of cabinet ministers
• Effective interface between ministers and PSs
• Value, ethics and integrity
"Having attended the Commonwealth Secretariat Cabinet Secretary and Heads of Public Service Meeting earlier this year in St Lucia, I am delighted that the Commonwealth has accepted our request to facilitate this workshop here in TCI, similar to workshops previously held in the British Virgin Islands and other UK Overseas Territories,” said acting governor Anya Williams.
“The topics are relevant and will assist TCI senior leaders in not only being able to better understand their responsibilities, but also in helping to facilitate better working relationships between all parties involved which will result in positive results for the entire country.”
Premier Dr Rufus Ewing commented, "This retreat is a great opportunity for the Cabinet and permanent secretaries to work on building relationship between the executive arm and the administrative arms of government. The event will also create the synergy and cohesion as a joined-up government as together we prioritize our agenda for the next year and discuss the possible solutions for the improvement economical and social challenges facing the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands."