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Ministry re-established, new ministry named in minor cabinet shuffle

The Ministry of the Presidency Thursday announced the re-establishment of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the establishment of a new one called the Ministry of Telecommunications.

Making the official announcement that Minister of Tourism, Catherine Hughes will now be named Minister for Public Telecommunications, while maintaining Ministerial responsibility for Tourism, President Granger said, “The reason is that after seven months, we detected a gap that there is no single spokesperson in the National Assembly, a Ministerial spokesperson, dealing with the digital economy [and] dealing with information technology. So we decided that it was necessary to have a Minister responsible for information and communication technology.”

Additionally, the Ministry of Governance and the Protection of the National Patrimony is being renamed the Ministry of Natural Resources.  Minister Raphael Trotman will now be named Minister of Natural Resources.

“President David Granger, after seven months in office has had the opportunity to identify policy areas that need strengthe

President David Granger speaking with the media Wednesday morning.

President David Granger speaking with the media Wednesday morning.

ned Ministerial attention and has made some adjustments to match those national needs with some changes in Ministerial responsibility,” said the Ministry of the Presidency in a statement.

The Head of State made it clear that these changes do not involve any changes to his Cabinet and does not mean that there is an increase in the size of the Cabinet or any reshuffling. It is, instead, a step towards developing capacity in certain policy areas, according to the statement.

The President added that there will also be some non-Cabinet movement.  While applauding the work that Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection, Simona Broomes has done, President Granger said that her knowledge of the hinterland makes her a great asset to the Ministry of Natural Resources.

“Minister Broomes has tremendous energy and skill and she is going to be functioning from the Ministry of Natural Resources. She has a very good knowledge of the hinterland and we are concerned with the enforcement of certain practices and regulations in that Ministry,” the President said.

Meanwhile, Minister Keith Scott will move to the Ministry of Social Protection and will be responsible to labour issues.  A new Minister within the Ministry of Communities will be appointed.  Member of Parliament and Chief Executive Officer of the Linden Enterprise Network (LEN), Valerie Sharpe-Patterson has received the nod for that post because of or strong administrative experience.

President Granger iterated that there is no increase in the number of Ministries and added that where gaps are identified, he is prepared to address them.

 

 

Below is a complete list of adjustments, effective January 1, 2016.

 

  1. Ministry of Communities

–    Hon.  Keith Scott, MP, Minister within the Ministry,  moves to the Ministry of Social Protection;

–         Mrs. Valerie Sharpe-Patterson, MP, is appointed Minister within the Ministry.

  1. Ministry of Governance

–         This Ministry within the Ministry of the Presidency is re-designated Ministry of Natural Resources.

  1. Ministry of Natural Resources

–         Hon.  Raphael Trotman, Minister of Governance within the Ministry of the Presidency, is appointed Minister of Natural Resources;

–        Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection, Hon.  Simona Broomes, MP,  moves to the Ministry of Natural Resources;

  1. Ministry of Public Infrastructure

–         This Ministry relinquishes responsibility for public telecommunications.

  1. Ministry of Social Protection

–     Minister within the Ministry, Hon.  Simona Broomes, MP,  moves to the Ministry of Natural Resources;

–    Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Hon.  Keith Scott, MP, moves to the Ministry of Social Protection.

  1. Ministry of Public Telecommunications

–         This Ministry is established;

–    Minister of Tourism, Hon. Catherine Hughes, MP, is appointed Minister of Public Telecommunications.

  1. Ministry of Tourism

–   Minister of Public Telecommunications, Hon. Catherine Hughes, MP, will retain responsibility for Tourism in addition to her new duties.

  • Kaieteur_Canada

    I always remember there was a ministry of Natrual Resources… where did it go? am I dreaming?

    Who da hell could have come up with this nonsense … Ministry of Governance and the Protection of the National Patrimony ??

    • Ow man!..dem change it back.Slowly Mr Granger will get everything “patted”down.

  • Emile_Mervin

    I really saw no plausible and positive reason for renaming ministries, including the hitherto unheard of Ministry of the Presidency, in which there are a President, a Minister of State, a Minister of Governance and Natural Resources and a Minister of Citizenship. Talk about burgeoning bureaucracy.

    • Fedup

      dem ga give dem people nuff things to do su wen de money dun and dem ga borrow again dem gu se de minister a do nuff wuk and ga get pay mo nuff.

  • Ah Nanimus

    Shades of Burnham. Except for the stupid name changes( which would have made even Burnham howl with laughter) it makes me feel like I’m back in the 70s with all the various numerical vice-presidents and minister within the ministry of somewhere or other. Mr.Granger always mentions that there is no increase in ministries while conveniently leaving out the massive increase in ministers.

  • ChosenNChrist

    Awaiting the performance reports -the first should be out in May, 2016.