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Cabinet reshuffled – Prime Minister gives up Finance Ministry portfolio

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – For the second time in the history of the New National Party (NNP) the person holding the portfolio of Prime Minister is not carrying the title of Finance Minister.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell who held the post since March 2013 has handed over that ministerial portfolio to Gregory Bowen.

New ministerial portfolios were announced on Sunday in a national address in which a cabinet reshuffle was the spotlight.

The reassigning of the ministerial portfolios was scheduled during the second quarter of the year but had to put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These changes are more about facilitating personal growth and development and allowing Ministers to become more versatile by managing different portfolios and most importantly enabling government to become more efficient in handling the affairs of the State,” Dr Mitchell said.

“Those who have closely followed and monitored my style of leadership will know that in the middle of any term of office I usually approach it to give ministers an opportunity to develop their skills in managing different areas of Government especially if they have served in one ministry for an extended period of time,” he told the nation as he justified the shake-up.

“These cabinet changes are intended to give my cabinet colleagues an opportunity to broaden their experience and to bring a new outlook to the area of Government service. This cabinet reshuffle entails a mix of changes, in addition to reassigning ministers to different ministries, portfolios, in some instances, I have separated their portfolios including some instances with ministerial assignment and place them with others,” he said.

Some ministers have additional responsibilities and or new areas of responsibility.

“This cabinet reshuffle will enable all performance by allowing us to build on the progress made and to solidified our achievement to date while solidifying our achievement to date while creating a springboard for future development,” he said in the preamble before announcing the changes.

The Prime Minister said that these changes are being made with a clear understanding that we are living in COVID-19 period and as such they are expected to enhance our successful control of the virus. “We have done and excellent job here in Grenada so far in preventing the spread of this disease and while individual responsibilities play a significant role Government leadership in this regard has been critical in achieving the level of success to date,” he said.

“Therefore, the changes being announced now will enhance our ability to ensure the continued protection of our beloved country and its people. It is my firm belief that one of the greatest attributes of a successful leader lies not just in his accomplishments during his period of service but also in the decisions taken to facilitate a smooth transition to new leadership,” he said while disclosing that reassigning is part of a succession plan.

“My friends a true leader must have a sound succession plan that adequately prepares future leaders to seamlessly take over the reign of leadership. Therefore, it was with this futuristic thinking that this cabinet reshuffle has also been considered,” he said.

The new ministerial portfolios which will go into effect the first week in October 2020 are:

Hone Nicholas Steele – Health and Social Security

Delmas Thomas – specific responsibility for Hospital services in addition to Housing, community development and Social Development.

Alvin Dabreo –    Trade, Industry, and Consumer Affairs

Gregory Bowen – Finance, Public Utilities, Physical and Economic Development

Norland Cox – Infrastructure Development, Transport and implementation

Oliver Joseph – Foreign Affairs, international Business and CARICOM affairs

Peter David – Agriculture, Forestry, Lands and Labour

Yolande Bain-Horsford – Sports, Culture and the Arts, Cooperative and Fisheries

Emmalin Pierre – Education, Human Resources, Information and Religious Affairs

Clarice Modeste – Civil Aviation, Tourism, Climate Resilience and the Environment

Simon Stielle – specific responsibility for Climate resilience and the Environment

Kindra Maturine-Stewart – Legal Affairs, Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs and Local Government,Office of the Prime Minister

Keith Mitchell – Dept of Public Administration, Home Affairs, National Security, Youth Development, Disaster Management and ICT.

Pamela Moses – Specific responsibility Needy Assistance, Uniform Allowance, special project and ICT

Kate Lewis  – Specific responsibility for Sports

Winston Garraway – Specific responsibility for National Disaster Management Agency

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