Executive Council met today, Tuesday 25February 2014, with one item on the Open Agenda – an information paper on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, presented by the Attorney General. The UK Government has stated that it hopes that the Convention can be extended to all Overseas Territories by the end of 2014.
This is an important Convention which will help protect women against discrimination, particularly with regards to rights in the workplace and in other ways.
On the Closed Agenda, the Capital Programme Manager gave a presentation on the 2014-15 proposed capital programme. This was held in closed session as it includes budget estimates for various projects which have yet to go out to tender. ExCo had previously met with the full Legislative Council to discuss this programme and there was broad agreement on the main priorities.
Executive Council agreed the capital expenditure programme for 2014-15, with a caveat on the SHG reorganisation and relocations element – to be reviewed once further details are available.
Under Any Other Business, there was a discussion on some difficulties that have occasionally been experienced by some local investors. It was noted that the new Deputy Chief Executive for Economic Development has been tasked with responsibility for taking forward Enterprise St Helena as a one stop shop for all potential investors. Executive Council was pleased with the assurances given that this would address the various issues.
In closing the meeting, a tribute was paid to Shirley Anderson-Leo, the former Senior Nursing Officer on St Helena, who passed away last week, aged 61. In this tribute she was described as St Helena’s Florence Nightingale. Her work on St Helena, Ascension and internationally, and her dedication to those she nursed, was recognised appreciably by Executive Council.
The meeting ended at 10:40am
25 February 2014