New Registrar General
The new head of General Registry, one of government's main revenue-earning departments, is Mrs. Cindy Jefferson-Bulgin.
The promotion to Registrar General is the latest step in Mrs. Jefferson-Bulgin's long career in the finance industry. She joined General Registry in 1990 as deputy and before that, served in the Audit Department, and on the Agricultural and Industrial Development Board. She also worked at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.
The Truth for Youth alumnus gained her tertiary education at Florida Junior College and St. Leo University, where she gained a bachelor's degree in business and accounting. She also holds a diploma from the University of London in public policy and management.
Mrs. Jefferson-Bulgin, who took up her post on 1 August, is in charge of a department that has experienced steady financial growth over the years; in the 2008-09 fiscal year, it collected $76 million.
Its main areas include registering and maintaining the records for 90,000-plus companies, as well as registering partnerships; trusts; patents and trade marks; births, marriages and deaths; and cooperatives and friendly societies.
She observed that she assumes her role at a critical time, given the serious challenges facing the financial services industry. "It is very important that the General Registry be seen to be playing its part in maintaining Cayman's competitiveness as a financial services centre," she commented.
This objective has led the registry, assisted by Computer Services Department and Brac Informatics Centre, to develop an interactive website aimed at greatly enhancing services for both local and international clients.
The website will enable registry clients to conduct transactions online, including searches on the registers of companies, partnerships and trusts. Clients will also be able to request birth, marriage and death certificates.
Another improvement is to the registry's Company Online Registry Information System (CORIS). Subscribers, who are mainly corporate service providers, can now file online, Mrs. Jefferson-Bulgin said.
Apart from being user friendly, these new services are expected to significantly reduce the large volume of paper transactions and associated costs. "In these difficult times, every dollar saved is a dollar earned," she remarked.
Mrs. Jefferson-Bulgin paid tribute to her predecessor, Mr. Delano Solomon, for his steady leadership of the registry over the last 18 years, as well as the hardworking and dedicated staff. She said she's also looking forward to continuing the registry's "excellent working relationship" with the financial services industry.
For further information contact: Bina Mani