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Gov’t to establish COI Implementation Unit by July 15

Gov’t to establish COI Implementation Unit by July 15

Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley said the government is in the process of establishing several committees and units that are expected to help with the process of implementing the Commission of Inquiry (COI) reforms for the territory.
Speaking at a press conference last Friday, the Premier said the is a COI Implementation Unit which will be up and running by July 15, 2022.

Dr Wheatley also noted that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Office here in the territory is supporting the government’s efforts in this regard.

“Toward this end, we have established an internal Steering Committee to help guide the implementation process. The Steering Committee is comprised of all five Permanent Secretaries, the Financial Secretary, Attorney General and Director of Strategy in the Office of the Governor. It is Chaired by Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office Mrs Carolyn Stoutt-Igwe and will help to keep implementation on track. Work on the development of an overall work programme and implementation schedule to deliver the reforms is underway,” Dr Wheatley said.

“The ministries themselves have developed reform implementation plans based on their responsibilities contained in the framework for implementation of the COI report recommendations. Each has completed a report on their work thus far. In addition, quarterly updates from statutory boards have been submitted,” the Premier added.

He noted that a Reform Committee has been established in the House of Assembly and a legislative schedule for implementation of reforms has been circulated to members.

“We are making good progress,” the Premier said.
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