The administration of the St.Vincent and the Grenadines Port Authority (SVGPA) is composed of two main bodies, the policy-making body and the executive body. The policy-making body is the Council of Members, while the executive body constitutes the Port Manager, the Departments Heads, co-operating staff.
The highest ranking body on the administration of the Port Authority, the Council, is responsible to the Government of St.Vincent and the Grenadines through the statute of the Port Act for the management of the organization.
The Council is composed of nine (9) members. Three (3) are senior civil servants representing interested government departments, the remaining (6) members are representatives of shipping agents, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and, persons of special interests in port matters.
The Role of the Council
It is the role of the SVGPA Council to chart goals for the port through methodical, organized policies in consultation with government. These include:
the general system of administration,
the financial policy and approval of the annual budget,
the appointment of the Port Manager and approval appointment of senior executive officers,
current relations with Central Government,
approval of scales of salaries and employment conditions of port personnel,
dealing with matters referred by port management,
the approval of contracts for major works and purchases.