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The Cayman Islands New Public Procurement Legal Framework

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DOI https://doi.org/10.21552/epppl/2019/2/5

Laura Panadès-Estruch


The Cayman Islands is better known as an offshore jurisdiction and a tourist destination. In contrast, this article explores commercial government policy through the lens of public procurement. May 2018 established a legal framework and the institutional set-up was finalised in December. In response, this timely assessment of current legal developments formulates recommendations to strengthen the position of the public sector in procurement. It argues that the government is at risk of breaching its own legal obligations in the new regulatory framework, despite making some progress towards modern standards of enhanced value for money, accountability and transparency. Three urgent issues are identified: fine-tuning the publicity regime; curtailing the scope of direct awards; and reinforcing ethics in government. The critical perspective of the article will interest academics, policy-makers and practitioners alike.

Laura Panadès-Estruch, Member of the Public Procurement Committee (civil society public procurement oversight body) of the Cayman Islands; LLM Course Leader and Lecturer in International Finance Law at the Truman Bodden Law School of the Cayman Islands; PhD candidate in Law, University of Cambridge. For correspondence: <mailto:laura.panades@gov.ky>. All comments and opinions are my own and do not represent the official position of the Cayman Islands Government. Many thanks to Mr Hadleigh Roberts for proofreading many draft versions of this article.

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