Acting director finally gets top post at planning

| 30/10/2010

(CNS): After more than one year acting in the position, Haroon Pandohie has finally been appointed as Director of Planning in the Ministry of Finance, Tourism and Development. Pandohie took on the post in August 2009 and since then he has led the department through the government’s re-structuring of various laws, regulations and procedures. Chief Officer in the ministry Carson Ebanks noted the importance of planning the goals of that ministry and confident that Pandohie would succeed in the job. The premier also said he was delighted that he had been appointed and his hard work recognised.

“This job is a welcome challenge. It is rewarding to be appointed as I have a number of strategic ideas for the Department of Planning,” Pandohie said in a government release.

Having achieved a Masters of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers State University of New Jersey, Pandohie has worked in several sections in the Department of Planning for the past nine (9) years.

“Among other workplace accomplishments, he has managed 42 members of staff; implemented policies and procedures; assured the public’s compliance with Development of Planning Law and Development of Planning Regulations by ensuring his staff is properlytrained,” the release stated.
Ebanks said the ministry was proud to have him appointed and amongst the ranks of very qualified Heads of Departments. “We realise that the Department of Planning plays a significant role in our ability to deliver on our mission, and, like any organisation, the Ministry depends heavily upon its management to facilitate and effectively lead its departments in these challenging times. We are confident that Mr. Pandohie will succeed in these endeavours and that the committed and competent staff will offer him the necessary support,” the chief officer added.

Premier McKeeva Bush said that even though he does not exercise responsibility for personnel matters, he was, “heartened to know that Haroon’s dedication and abilities have been recognized and rewarded.” Bush added: “We are delighted to have him as part of the management team and look forward to a continued relationship.”


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  1. Johnny Cake wid a cup of coffey(e) says:

    You been acting well my friend…and now you have won your oscars!! 🙂  Congrats, Haroon.

  2. Jab Jab says:

    Mr. Pandohie will do a good job of maintaining the status quo at the Planning Department. Unfortunately he does not fill me with confidence that he will do a good job directing development. But hopefully he will grow in to that role. And about time the government started obeying their own employment law and confirmed this gentleman in a job he has been doing. I am happy for him personally. Now, as someone said, if they could turn their attention to the other ‘acting’ posts they have been stringing along.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations – you deserve it.  What about Shomari Scott in Tourism?  Seems like he has been Acting Director forever, but I’m sure it’s at least 2 years, and probably longer.  How long can one "Act" before the powers that be decide he is the right person for the job?

  4. peter milburn says:


              Fully deserved and just shows what hard work and perseverance will do.All the best in your future.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Well done Haroon! A good choice.

    What happened to his predecessor, Kenneth, who was taken to the Ministry of Finance to work with Leonard Dilbert on a social development plan? Both are said to be excellent planners and policy experts but where is the plan?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations to Mr. Pandohie.You are an intelligent hardworking individual and a fine example to the young men of our island.  May God bless you and your family as you continue to do the job that is certainly well deserved. All the best!

  7. Caymanians for logic says:

    This is a great selection and confirmation. Haroon Pandohie is a very sharp young man who is open minded and wants to make that Department efficient and forward thinking. You will now see a better Planning process.

    Congrats Haroon.

  8. Yes Man says:

    Yes Sir, whatever you say Sir. Big ugly fence? No problem Sir. 12 stories? Go right ahead.

    Mangroves? What are they?

    • Caymanians against silly posts says:

      Caymanians, please stop pulling down other Caymanians…if an expat had gotten the job you would be complaining about that too. If we would all stick together we would not have half the problems we now do.

      Get a life.

  9. 911 HELP says:

    About time we got a sober minded young Caymanian

  10. Anonymous says:

    Kudos – hard work finally paid off.

    Congrats from old school mate, the way you have carried yourself from the older days of BT Primary is exceptional, not taking anything a way from what you’ve achieved but I think you are a better person than all that.

    I trust god continues to bless you and your family.