Friday, September 30, 2022

Barbados Prime Minister Names New Cabinet

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Monday, announced a smaller Cabinet than what had obtained in the last two governments, offering also two seats in the Senate to the opposition parties as she begins a new five-year term in government following her Barbados Labour Party (BLP) whitewash of its adversaries in the January 19 general election.

Mottley named for the first time a deputy prime minister in the person of Sanita Bradshaw as well as three senior ministers.

“We face simply too many critical challenges for us to continue with business as usual,” Mottley said in an address to the nation thanking the electorate for giving the BLP an “unprecedented mandate of a second term with all of the seats in the Lower House.

“We are most honoured, we are humbled. Most of all we are committed to delivering for all of the people of our country,” she said, noting that the new development agenda titled “Our Barbados, Owning Our Future,” is a transformative one intended to build human and social capital and a sustainable economy in which the skills of all Barbadians will be required.

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“The government that I led is determined that Barbados will be viewed as one of the world’s top countries, a place of energy and enlightenment, opportunity. It is our intention that Barbadians should continue to hold and draw on the finest of our values and traditions as a people”.

Mottley, who called the general election 18 months ahead of the constitutional deadline, saying she needed to bring about unity in the country, said that the campaign has ended and it is now time for Barbadians to unite and move beyond partisan division.

“Now is the time for governance which builds public trust between government and people. This is the time in which citizens and residents of all ages, classes and persuasion must offer solutions to the problems we are facing as a nation and as a people.”

She said while there would be need for “constructive engagement” debates should be “in the cause of advancing our nation not merely to add to the discussions and the noise, nor to sow division”.

The election had been a straight fight between the BLP and the other established political party, the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) that suffered the same whitewash in 2018. But there were other small parties and independent candidates, all of whom failed to have any impression with the electorate.

“It is the intention of this government again to engage with the opposition parties which contested the last two elections to determine how best they may participate in the appointment of two opposition senators provided for in our Constitution.

“I am equally awaiting a legal opinion from the Honourable Attorney General (Dale Marshall) on this matter before we start those formal discussions with the opposition parties,” she said, adding that she will appoint a chief of staff in the Prime Minister’s Office as Barbados moves to deal with a changing global environment.

“Despite the challenges which lay ahead, my friends, this is a moment for optimism and yes a time for opportunity. We must use it to educate, upscale and train a new generation of confident Barbadians for nation building, for regional engagement and for global leadership.”

She said that it would be an era to end the intergenerational cycle of poverty and for the island to take its place in a new global environment and “for our voice to truly matter globally in spite of our small size”.

The following are the names of the new Cabinet of Barbados:

Mia Mottley – Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs with responsibility for Culture, Security, Public Service, Caricom and Development Commissions.

  • Sanita Bradshaw –Deputy Prime Minister, Senior Minister, Minister of Transport, Works and Water Resources.
  • Dale Marshall-Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Senior Minister Governance.
  • Kerrie Symmonds – Minister of Energy and Business Development, Senior Minister
  • Jerome Walcott – Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senior Minister, Social and Environmental Policy.
  • Wilfred Abrahams – Minister of Homes Affairs and Information.
  • Indar Weir – Minister of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security.
  • Ian Gooding Edghill – Minister of Health and Wellness.
  • Lisa Cummings – Minister of Tourism and International Transport.
  • Kay McConney – Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training.
  • Dwight Sutherland – Minister of Housing, lands and Maintenance.
  • Kirk Humphrey – Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs.
  • Adrian Forde – Minister of the Environment and National Beautification and Blue Economy.
  • Colin Jordan – Minister of Labour, Social Security and Third Sector.
  • Davidson Ishmael – Minister of Industry, Innovation, Science and Technology.
  • Charles Griffith – Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment.
  • Ryan Straughn –Minister in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.
  • Chantal Munroe Knight – Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister.
  • Sonia Browne – Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
  • Sandra Husbands – Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Ministry of Business Development.
  • Rommel Springer – Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Water Resources with responsibility for Water Resources.
  • Corey Layne – Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs.
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  1. Well done sister. Let god continue to direct you in his truth to do a good job. I hope our stlucia women politician can follow in your footsteps and work for the betterment of stlucia and not for who they know. I hope ms poyotte and me hypolytte be inspired by you and not let our male politicians corrupt them. I believe in you two women as I have admired your strength and truthfulness from a teenager in your previous work roles. Don’t let me down like others who I trusted and gavethe benefit of the doubt only to turn out to be a wolf in human clothing. Again all the best ms motley. Peace and love

  2. With so many women in your cabinet I believe Barbados will change and be a great nation in the coming years.

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