Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has been explaining the rationale behind a recent cabinet shuffle.
Among the changes that were made as a result of the shuffle was a reassignment of Senator Fortuna Belrose.
Belrose, formerly Minister within the Ministry for Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Local Government, was made Minister in the Ministry of Tourism, Information, Broadcasting, Culture and Creative Industries with responsibility for Culture and the Creative Industries.
Dominic Fedee who served as a Minister in the Office of Prime Minister, has now become the Minister of Tourism, Information, Broadcasting, with the additional portfolios of Culture and Creative Industries.
Prime Minister Chastanet explained that the person who was always responsible for local government Lenard Montoute.
“He was the senior minister in that consortium,” the PM stated.
Montoute now has the portfolio of Local Government, in addition to having responsibility for Equity, Social Justice, and Empowerment.
Chastanet recalled that when he served as Tourism Minister in a previous United Workers Party administration he had always wanted culture and events to be with tourism.
“We did it the other way for a while in terms of the events and culture and we feel that we are about to now advance our programmes when it comes to social development,” he told reporters.
The PM said reassigning Senator Ubaldus Raymond from finance to responsibility for the public service was in line with that goal.
“A priority is on government modernisation and also an e-government and I felt it needed a minister to be able to shadow that and make sure it is taking place. So he has gotten off to a roaring start with regard to that and this is critical to the government being able to implement. So the changes we have made are critical to the implementation of government programming.”