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FOI laws on legislative agenda says Premier

Turks and Caicos, June 23, 2017 – Providenciales – Freedom of Information legislation is not forgotten by the new PDM Administration said Premier Sharlene Robinson on Tuesday when quizzed on the campaign promise.

“It is definitely on our legislation agenda, of course you know the constitution would have provided for that legislation to be introduced, and persons will remember that I was a person who brought a private members motion, so the freedom of information legislation will be coming forward.  The evidence of the changing of the guard, you will see more ministerial interaction with the press, you will get that from us as Ministers.”

The Premier, backed up by her Deputy Premier and other Ministers agreed that greater transparency in government will also require a mindset change.

“So while you will have freedom of information, it is important for us to break that culture of just keeping information, you know we have never been forced in many departments to be open and transparent.  I don’t think people are hiding anything, it’s just a culture that has to be broken because information will certainly help in so many different ways.”

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