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New public holiday confirmed in busy Cabinet session

Local News 10 Apr, 2023 Follow News

Hon. Premier Wayne Panton

Published on Wednesday, 5th April, the summary of Cabinet’s last session - held on Tuesday, 28th March - saw progress on a substantial number of projects being made, including confirmation that the King’s Birthday Public Holiday would be observed on Monday, 19th June 2023. It also approved the one-time printing of a $70 banknote to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Other moves included approval being granted for the Children and Youth Services Foundation to award its employees with an honorarium payment based on 4.5% of employee’s salary and a 3-month stipend of CI$150 per month. A raft of applications for appointment as Notaries Public was also approved.

Cabinet confirmed approval for various Amendment Bills for publication and presentation to Parliament, including: the Monetary Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2023; Companies Management (Amendment) Bill, 2023; Directors Registration and Licensing (Amendment) Bill, 2023; Insurance (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2023; Money Services (Amendment) Bill, 2023; Securities Investment Business (Amendment) Bill, 2023; and Virtual Asset (Service Providers) (Amendment) Bill, 2023.

There was approval granted for the issuance of drafting instructions to amend the Residential Tenancies Act, 2009 and the creation of Regulations, and for the issuance of drafting instructions to amend the Public Lands Act (2020 Revision) in relation to the composition, term and voting rights of members of the Public Lands Commission.

The termination of Dwight Ebanks’ appointment to the Water Authority Board was approved and so was the appointment of Kenross Conolly as Member.

Cabinet approved the purchase of a variety of blocks of land and road parcels and instructed the Department of Environment and National Conservation Council to ensure that all turtle nesting beaches were put through the requisite Protected Area Nomination Process.

Approved exemption was granted from Part 7 of the Immigration (Transition) Act (2022 Revision) for two people, while approval was also granted to reallocate CI$100,000 from HAF 1 – Advice and Support to the Minister of Home Affairs to TP 69 – Support for the Bridge Foundation. Cabinet approved the development of a government policy on requirements and minimum standards for substance recovery centres. Exemption from planning permission was approved for for the proposed public park on Block 31A Parcel 58 for public purposes.

Statutory Authorities and Government Companies are now exempt from paying over surplus cash reserves to Core Government. Cabinet also noted the Integrated Solid Waste Management System 2nd March 2023 update on programme to financial close and also noted the National Steps Survey to understand the prevalence of non-communicable disease risk factors. An update on the new prison development project was also noted.

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