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First Cabinet decisions to be publicised this week, not discussions

Governor Jaspert at his Government House residence in Road Town.

The first set of Cabinet decisions will be published this week and every week thereafter, Governor Augustus Jaspert has said.

The governor, however, noted that actual deliberations that occur during Cabinet meetings will not be part of the weekly report.

“They (publicised Cabinet decisions) won’t capture all of the discussions because its an important principle of Cabinet that ministers … would be able to disagree, challenge, agree as they wish and those are private discussions.”

“It’s the end decision – which is a government decision – and that is what will go out,” he explained.

Governor Jaspert also noted that a number other Cabinet happenings – such as matters considered to be sensitive – will be exempt from these weekly Cabinet reports.

Such matters include those that pertain to national security, personal data, and/or personal privacy.

“The Cabinet Secretary has guidelines on those [exempted matters],” the governor said.

He said Cabinet members chose to make their decisions public in an effort to promote “openness” in government.

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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  1. LOL says:

    HAHAHA!! Good for all of them who think they were getting mellee..Let’s hear it now that the Governor is not doing his job and needs to go, in 3….2..1…..

  2. Owl says:

    This is a good first step but why limit our access to only the decisions. Why not broadcast the discussions live so we understand what’s happening and then be able to discuss our opinions with our representatives?

    Why not introduce Question Time (like that practiced by the UK Parliament) and broadcast that?

    And where is the general audit that is several years past due? Where is the audit of the BVI Airline investment? Greater transparency will solve a lot of problems!

  3. what.... says:

    why are we still in the planning faze a full year after , c’mon !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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