If power is handed to [the Department of] Economic Development in the manner proposed in the government’s PPS it could generate additional unforeseen infrastructure costs.
I did not query whether economic development had the ability to cope with the role proposed. I note with concern in this week’s paper the advertisement for expressions of interest in the post of ‘Special Advisor - Economic Development Services’ to advise on policy, strategy, getting business to the island, etc. Is this an indicator of the true cost of this PPS? How many more posts will be needed in Treasury’s Economic Development to fulfil their role if this PPS is approved?