PRESIDENT Irfaan Ali on Wednesday swore in a 19-member Cabinet comprising a mixture of youthful and well experienced individuals, who have all expressed that they are eager to bring about positive change in Guyana.
The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) and was attended by Prime Minister Mark Phillips; Vice-President Bharrat Jagdeo; Attorney General Anil Nandlall and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Governance, Gail Teixeira who had all been previously appointed.
In attendance too were former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds; Chief of Staff, Brigadier Patrick West; members of the diplomatic corps and families and friends of the newly appointed ministers.
Appointed to the post of Minister of Health is Dr. Frank Anthony. Under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), he was the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport from 2006 to 2015. As health minister he will now lead the fight against the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic, which has challenged Guyana with over 500 cases since March, 2020.
He has a Master’s in Public Health from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel and Medical Degree from the Russian Friendship University in Moscow, Russia. Dr. Anthony served in various high-level positions previously in the Ministry of Health, including the post of Executive Director of the Health Sector Development Unit.
His involvement in politics dates back to 1979, starting as a pioneer in the Progressive Organisation of Pioneers, and the Progressive Youth Organisation.
Reappointed as Minister of Education is Priya Manickchand. Manickchand is also an attorney-at-law and a former Minister of Human Services. She will now tackle Guyana’s education system which, like most countries around the world, has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In her efforts moving forward, she plans to ensure that the safety of Guyana’s children and educators is top priority.
Sworn in as Minister of Natural Resources was 40-year-old Vickram Bharrat, who formerly served as a parliamentarian under the PPP/C. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Guyana (UG) and is married with two children.
He once worked as a Technical Officer at the Ministry of Local Government and Ministry of Health and as a Project Manager with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Bharrat was also the Chairman of the Grove/Diamond Neighbourhood Democratic Council. He will now oversee the management of Guyana’s multiple natural resources, such as gold and bauxite.
(Read more at:- https://guyanachronicle.com/2020/08/06/new-cabinet-a-mixture-of-youth-experience/)