President David Granger has confirmed that former Finance Minister Carl Greenidge and former Budget Director Winston Jordan have been appointed to the post of Foreign Affairs and Finance Ministry.
The two men met the recently sworn-in Head of State at Office of the President earlier Monday, May 18 and accepted the posts.
Granger told reporters that he would be meeting with his Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo Monday evening to finalise the Cabinet in the situation where the A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) Coalition has a seat allocation of 60/40 in keeping with the pre-election Cummingsburg Accord pact between the two political parties that guarantees a 60/40 allocation.
The Head of State also suggested that the Cabinet size would be made of some 15 persons with the APNU receiving nine and the AFC receiving six. The Cabinet will also be made of junior ministers.
While he confirmed the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Finance, he said that the total number of ministers will not be known until they are sworn in as Members of Parliament. The President expects that the Parliament will be convened, “by the next fortnight.” While it is not confirmed, the President said he and his team are working with that time span.
The President, nonetheless, said that he is aiming for a poverty reduced country with and improved quality of life. He suggested that his aim is to make citizens a bit happier and create an improved way of life for them.
“The major focus has been on ensuring that we create a government, an Administration that can improve the economy and the people’s quality of life.” “We want to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life,” he reiterated.
In the meantime, President Granger told that media that his team would be working to review many of the “ill-conceived” projects that would have been undertaken by the old Administration.
Granger pointed to some projects which he said was killed by the PPP-government, but noted that there are some that will see significant changes before it continues. These projects to receive scrutiny will by the Specialty Hospital, the Amelia Falls road, the Fiber Optic cable among others.