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Cabinet approves Antoinette Skelton as reviewer of CoI Recommendation B24

Cabinet approves Antoinette Skelton as reviewer of CoI Recommendation B24

The Cabinet of the Virgin Islands (VI) has approved the appointment of former Director of Social Security Board (SSB) Ms Antoinette Skelton as the reviewer for Recommendation B24 of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report Recommendations.

This is according to the statements of the Cabinet Meetings of December 9, 2022, chaired by Governor John J. Rankin, CMG, and held at the Premier's Conference Room, Cutlass Tower.

Ms Skelton exited the post of Director of SSB in 2021.

Review excludes Social Security Board 

The approval is as set out in the terms of reference developed by the CoI Recommendations Implementation Unit and vetted by the Attorney General's Chambers, with the exception of the Social Security Board.

It is noted that the appointment is for six months, starting December 15, 2022, until April 30, 2023, subject to the exchange of letters between the VI Government and the UK Government; and Cabinet decided that Ms Skelton be paid the first-tier stipend of five thousand dollars ($5,000).

Recommendation B24 of the CoI report calls for a review of all Statutory Boards to determine the overall level of governance and steps required to remedy any deficiencies.

The review will also examine the extent to which those boards are behind in their obligations to submit timely financial reports and audits and the extent to which those boards are applying policies intended to promote good governance, such as a conflict of interest policy and a political interference policy.

Review should be undertaken by Senior Public Officer - CoI Report 

It will look at the extent to which those boards follow a due diligence policy and, according to Commissioner Sir Gary R. Hickenbottom, the review should be undertaken by a senior public officer and should identify what steps need to be taken to remedy any deficiencies and a timescale in which these steps should be accomplished, in the form of a report to the Governor. 

According to the CoI Implementation Unit Report on progress for November 2022, published on December 20, 2022, the name of the independent reviewer for Recommendation B24 was agreed upon by the Governor and the Premier.

The review should be completed within six months, according to the terms set out in B24 of the CoI report.

According to the CoI Implementation unit reports on progress for November published on December 20, 2022, the name of the independent reviewer for Recommendation B24 was agreed upon by the Governor and the Premier.

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