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Duties Of The Secretary To The Cabinet

Duties of the Secretary to the Cabinet

The role of the Secretary to the Cabinet serves is established in Section 68 of The Constitution of Grenada (1973) which states:

  1. There shall be a Secretary to the Cabinet whose office shall be a public office.
  2. The Secretary to the Cabinet, who shall have charge of the Cabinet Office, shall be responsible, in accordance with such instructions as may be given to him by the Prime Minister, for arranging the business for, and keeping the minutes of, the Cabinet and for conveying the decisions of the Cabinet to the appropriate person or authority and shall have such other functions as the Prime Minister may direct.

The respective duties are:

  • Managing Cabinet Agenda and developing Cabinet’s forward agenda;
  • Initiating meetings leading up to the formulation of policy on strategic matters;
  • Providing an independent perspective on departmental proposals as the principal adviser to the Prime Minister;
  • Controlling the quality and content of information reaching Cabinet and Cabinet Committees by reviewing all materials in advance;
  • Briefing the Prime Minister on his/her role as Chairman of Cabinet;
  • Briefing Chairpersons of Cabinet Committees on the role of the Committee with respect to tasks delegated by Cabinet;
  • Recording and disseminating Cabinet Decisions.

The Secretary to the Cabinet serves also as the Head of the Public Service with the following roles:

  • Chairing the meetings of the Senior Managers’ Board comprising of Permanent Secretaries and Head of Non-ministerial Departments;
  • Interfacing with the Public Service Commission on senior appointments within the Public Service;
  • Setting the strategic agenda and standards for the effective performance and management of the Public Service;
  • Coordinating performance evaluation of Senior Managers in the Public Service;
  • Leading and directing on administrative reforms;
  • Reporting on the performance of the Public Service to the Prime Minister;
  • Providing professional guidance to leaders and managers of the Public Service.