Council of Ministers in constituting meetingPOSTED: 05/22/12 12:00 PM
GREAT BAY (DCOMM) –Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams opened the first constituting meeting of the Council of Ministers at the Claude Wathey Legislative Hall yesterday, followed by Governor drs. Eugène Holiday.
After the opening, the governor, the prime minister, the vice prime minister and other ministers signed the national decree replacement regulation.
The prime minister as chairlady of the Council of Ministers gave an introduction and an overview of the first week in office. The Ministers were also provided with an information package.
The information package included a prepared document by each respective Secretary General about each of the seven Ministries; copies of all organic laws that were established before 10-10-10; law-making procedures; processes of making laws and decrees; the law pertaining to the country’s organization with respect to the ministries including the different decisions on responsibilities and tasks per ministry; a memo explaining frequently asked legal questions. All the aforementioned documents have been placed on a specially designed bamboo memory stick, bearing the slogan of the new government, “Working for the People.”
The package also included a booklet with a brief explanation about the most important articles in the rules of order and additional information on the secretariat as the support unit of the Council of Ministers.
This morning at nine thirty the first Council of Ministers meeting will focus on the logistical aspects of governing.
Tomorrow morning at ten o’clock the government will hold its first Council of Ministers press briefing with Prime Minister Wescot-Williams and Vice Prime Minister William Marlin.
On Thursday morning there is an extra-ordinary Council of Ministers meeting with a presentation by the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.
On Friday morning a second extra-ordinary Council of Ministers meeting will deal with organizational issues.
During the week the ministers will meet with the Secretary Generals of their respective ministries to be briefed about the current state of affairs.
Governor Holiday informed the ministers about his meeting schedule for the individual ministers (monthly) and for the Council of Ministers (quarterly). The governor meets with the prime minister on a weekly basis.