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Cayman Islands Government

FOI Start Date Set

HE the Governor Stuart Jack has announced that the Freedom of Information Law, 2007, will come into force on Monday, 5 January 2009.

The commencement order was made in Cabinet according to section 1(2) of the FOI Law, and was published in Extraordinary Gazette #45 on Wednesday (10 December 2008).

The order came shortly after the Leader of Government Business tabled the Freedom of Information (General) Regulations, 2008, in the Legislative Assembly.

Addressing members of the LA, Mr Tibbetts said Cayman was one of the few countries in the world that had continually sought public participation during all stages of the creation of the FOI Law and FOI Regulations.

As such "we have proven our commitment to an open, transparent Government in accordance with the current global FOI trends," he said.

Mr Tibbetts continued: "As shown upon implementation in other jurisdictions worldwide, FOI legislation improves the relationship and trust between the Government and the public, ensures greater efficiency in public sector management processes and allows for greater participation by the people in national decision-making. Freedom of Information legislation plays a vital role in the system of constitutional democracy and as such Madam Speaker, I am certain the entire Cayman Islands will reap FOI's positive benefits."

The FOI Law provides the public with a general right of access to records held by the Cayman Islands Government, and the FOI Regulations govern the administration of the FOI Law and include sections on the functions and duties of information managers, timelines and fees for FOI requests, third party rights, and provisions regarding the public interest test and personal information.

For more information on the FOI Law and to learn how to make a request, visit www.foi.gov.ky .

For further information contact: Cornelia Oliver