Cabinet has approved a list of principles that, seemingly, has positioned the House of Assembly to have greater inclusion in the massive rehabilitative and reconstruction effort that the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) will govern over the next few years.
These seven principles – which is the action of the Office of the Premier – will serve as the ‘final drafting instructions’ on how regulations for the Recovery and Development Act are to be written.
One of these principles requires for there to be a ‘framework for interaction and exchange of information’ between government and the RDA — an agency widely being described as an alternative government.
Another of the principles provides for Cabinet and government ministries to set out three-year priorities and an annual ‘letter of expectations’, which the RDA “should” consider and have reflected in an Implementation Schedule being developed by the Agency.
The House of Assembly will also have the authority to convene and privately discuss and agree on any aspects of RDA’s implementation schedule, work plan, and budget.
Below are the seven policies has agreed upon and stated by the Cabinet of the Government of the Virgin Islands on October 10.
(1) framework for interaction, responsibilities and exchange of information between the Ministries and the Recovery and Development Agency
(2) guidelines for capacity building during recovery and development for the immediate and long-term benefit of the Territory and that the threshold for international bidding be set at two million dollars ($2 million)
(3) Guidelines and procedures for the procurement of goods and services
(4) provide for Cabinet (ministries) to set out its three-year priorities (consistent with the Plan) and an annual letter of expectations for RDA’s implementation, and which should be considered and reflected in an Implementation Schedule to be developed by the RDA
(5) provide that Cabinet can re-assess its priorities for projects and initiatives (consistent with the Plan) on an annual basis, for RDA’s implementation
(6) require that the RDA develops, in consultation with the Ministries, an Implementation Schedule setting out the most economical, efficient and effective manner of implementing the initiatives of the Plan, and which should reflect the priorities set by Cabinet
(7) set out that the Lead Minister may convene a committee of the whole House of Assembly to discuss and agree any aspects of RDA’s implementation schedule, work plan and budget.
(7b) agreed that the draft RDA Procurement Handbook, as amended, be advanced as the substantive procurement regulations incorporating the principles proposed
(7c) agreed that regulations be developed expeditiously and be submitted for Cabinet’s decision by 30th November 2018.
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