The premier government organisation in the Caribbean that facilitates the development of communities that can deliver sustainable first world services through modern, participatory, autonomous and adaptive systems, for the benefit of all citizens.
To provide a sound policy, legal, technical and administrative framework that supports excellent service delivery and operational management by the Local Authorities and portfolio agencies, in a manner that advances the ideals of effective local governance and the goals of sustainable, community development, through a purpose-driven and competent work force.
The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development acts as the agent of local development. Local government reform was added when a Reform Unit was established 1994 guided by a policy paper written a year earlier as well as extensive discussions on the issues over the years.The responsibility for local development has been linked to other subjects in the past in keeping with the policy position and priority of successive Political Administration.
When the responsibility for local government was moved to the Office of the Prime Minister in September 2007 it was with the mandate of accelerating the pace of local government reform and capacity building within the Local Authorities through implementation of key recommendations of the National Advisory Council (NAC) on local government reform. These recommendations focus on five main areas:
Governance: Democracy & Transparency
Finance & Funding
Function and Legal Framework
The Ministry continues to pursue this mandate