THE CABINET OFFICE
The Cabinet Office is central to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). It is therefore critical to the role of the Prime Minister in his dual capacity as Head of the Government and Chairman of the Cabinet. The Office is also critical to the role of the Secretary to the Cabinet in her dual capacity as Secretary and as Head of the Public Service.
Several legislations provide the legislative backdrop for the operations of the Cabinet Office. These include the Grenada Constitution Order 1973 (in particular Sections 57 – 68), Public Finance Management Act 2015, Integrity in Public Life Act, Ombudsman Act, et al. They are supported by relevant policy documents inclusive of the Government of Grenada Policy Handbook 2007, Annual Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, among others.
The operations of the Cabinet Office are guided by its Mission Statement as well as it's Vision. Both are outlined below:
To facilitate the Cabinet of Ministers to execute its responsibilities as stated in the Constitution and to ensure that the Public Service performs optimally and with due ethics to improve the lives of the people of Grenada.”
To be a centre of excellence for the development of policy, an enabler of Cabinet Systems and processes and a strategic partner to Public Service Managers in building a high-performance Public Service.”
HISTORY OF THE CABINET OFFICE
The Government of Grenada adopted the model of a Cabinet Office as part of its executive government from as far back as the days of Associated Statehood in March 3, 1967 until Independence was granted on February 7, 1974. Although the functions evolved over the years, there are three core areas of responsibility:
- Formulating the agenda of Cabinet meetings;
- Recording decisions made on the Submission and Mentions; and
- Communicating the decisions to the appropriate Head of Department in the form of Cabinet Conclusions.