Response to a letter on government transparency, September 2012.
Having read your email and given some thought to your concerns, I do apologise for not responding earlier, but to share my thoughts with you on openness within the corridors of Government, I have found that during the my last three terms as a member of Council , Government has made a lot of progress in becoming more open and transparent in their affairs and I agree, we do need to improve in some areas , but living in a small community sometimes it is not as easy as in other territories or larger communities where certain sensitive issues do need to be managed professionally.
I agree, that for St Helena to be developed financially and commercially, transparency needs to be paramount both locally and internationally, where the Media is expected to take the leading role in the dissemination of factual information to the wider community, which reinforces stronger partnerships between Government and the Media, where a level playing is important.
I agree reports and minutes of committee meetings be published, including Ex-Co , formal and informal Leg-co minutes along with agendas being published in advanced of meetings, which is currently the practice by most committees. but sensitive and commercial in confidential matters along with individuals confidentiality, again, needs to be protected.
I have no concerns with starting a dialogue with the public on the freedom of information legislation as this will affect us all from time to time.
I hope I have been of some assistance and wish you well with your Campaign on such an important topic.