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Moving Forward With Local Government Reform

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August 1st, 2017 Kent House, Maraval – The plans for local government reform have been moving steadily ahead, with the Task Force on Local Government Reform conducting sensitization sessions for each Municipal Corporation. Both Council members and staff are invited to these sessions in order to ask questions and voice concerns regarding the Draft Policy on Local Government Reform which was accepted by Cabinet in August 2016. 

Minister Haji KazimHosein has said, “We have completed sensitization sessions in six Corporations so far and the remaining eight will be visited in the upcoming weeks. The task force, which is headed by our Permanent Secretary Ms. DesdraBascombe, has also met with various Ministries, with which Corporations will have to liaise directly, once more responsibility is vested in them.”

The Task Force is also working closely with the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs regarding the legislative amendments that are required for the reform to take full effect – the main ones being, the updates to property tax legislation and the Municipal Police Regulations. Sensitization sessions have also been held for key stakeholders such as the Trade Unions, whose members will be directly affected by local government reform.

Minister Hosein stated, “We will also be holding further sensitization sessions in each municipality for the burgesses, to update them and seektheir feedback and advice on how best to involve citizensmore effectively. Last year the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government held fifteen consultations with the public and used that feedback to create the draft policy. So we want people to now know that their voices are being heard and they are driving the changes that they want to see.The main objective of local government reform is to engage all citizens on a greater level so that there are improvements in service delivery across the country.”


- Ministry of Rural Development & Local Government

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