Cabinet – the executive arm of government – is ending the practice of closing its decisions and deliberations to the public.
Governor Augustus Jaspert made the announcement while delivering his Speech from the Throne address in House of Assembly on Thursday, September 13.
He said the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands decided to publicise their decisions in keeping with the government’s “commitment to promote more openness and transparency”.
“As such, the premier and I will shortly announce how the publicising of Cabinet decisions will be implemented,” Jaspert said.
The move to publicise Cabinet decisons comes after a number of calls from Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie.
The Cabinet of the Virgin Islands has authority above all ministries, departments, statutory boards, and agencies of government, except where it is otherwise clearly stated.
Cabinet comprises the territory’s governor, the premier and his four other government ministers, the attorney general, and the Cabinet secretary, who heads the group.
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