Draft of guidelines for board appointments being reviewed

Thursday, December 13, 2018

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THE Ministry of Finance and the Public Service has received the first draft of revised guidelines governing the nomination, selection and appointment of the Boards of public bodies from the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel (CPC).

Portfolio Minister Dr Nigel Clarke said the ministry is in the process of reviewing the draft and providing comments to the CPC.

“We are working assiduously on the first draft… and I hope to get a second draft soon … as we [proceed] towards what will eventually be presented in Parliament,” he said.

The minister was addressing journalists during a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday.

Dr Clarke said the revisions will give regard to the requisite competencies for the composition of public sector boards, and will ensure that nominees have the skills best suited for the entities for which they are being considered, before they can be approved.

Additionally, the minister said the proposals will facilitate a wider base of available persons from which to select, thereby resulting in a more orderly and transparent process.

Dr Clarke said the regulations also aim to mandate that boards comprise a minimum number of persons of either gender; limit the number of boards that individuals can chair; and identify boards operating in certain industries or with certain mandates, where staggering appointments may be appropriate.

The minister noted that the proposals “reflect what the society has been calling for, for some time,” adding that they resulted from wide-ranging public- and private-sector stakeholder consultations, culminating in a Cabinet submission in June 2018.

The guidelines, which were submitted to Cabinet by Dr Clarke, are in keeping with the Government's undertaking to strengthen the governance framework of statutory bodies, in order to improve the accountability and transparency of their operations.

They will afford anyone interested in serving on the board of a public body with the opportunity to do so, once they meet the stipulated minimum criteria.

These include individuals having expertise in the activities in which the public bodies are engaged.

— JIS


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