Throne Speech Presented
Her Excellency the Governor, Mrs. Helen Kilpatrick, CB, gave her first Throne Speech in the Legislative Assembly on Monday (7 October 2013) outlining government's plans to deliver public services in the context of the Framework for Fiscal Responsibility.
"Good governance, which I am charged to promote, involves careful and planned management of resources so that we all benefit from their allocation in a sustainable way," the Governor said, after inspecting a guard of honour outside.
This translates in the Cayman Islands' context to spending limited resources wisely to retain its world-class reputation as a centre for financial services and tourism, while providing the people the means needed to thrive in this environment, she said.
"The Public Service has responded by reducing expenditure and moving towards more strategic ways of working," the Governor noted.
Alluding to the serious issues impacting the Islands' economy, unemployment and crime, she noted Cayman's largest increase in the cost of living since the global economic recession began in 2008.
The budget being presented "proposes to fund intelligence-gathering, planning, consultation, standard-setting, international collaboration, monitoring and evaluating as well as stricter enforcement". Technology would be used to achieve the goals in a cost effective manner through an initiative led by the "very able Deputy Governor", she added.
(See the full Throne Speech on the Features section.)
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