Saturday 19 September, 2020

Prime Minister Mia Mottley reshuffles Cabinet, makes cuts

Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley. (FILE)

Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley. (FILE)

The ruling Barbados Labour Party Government has announced its first Cabinet reshuffle, resulting in a smaller Cabinet and two new appointments.

Newly appointed are Senator Lisa Cummins as minister of tourism and international transport and Ian Gooding-Edghill as minister of transport, works, and water resources. 

Prime Minister Mia Mottley made the announcement this afternoon via a national address from Ilaro Court. She announced several ministry changes, narrowing the Cabinet from 26 to 24 members.


Reassigned portfolios include: 

John King - Minister in the Prime Minister's Office with the minister of culture coming under the prime minister as well as the Rural Development Commission and the Urban Development Commission which are to be merged into a National Development Commission.

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William Duguid - Minister of housing, lands and maintenance 

Kerrie Symmonds - Minister of energy, small business and entrepreneurship

Wilfred Abrahams - Minister of home affairs, information and public affairs 

Adrian Forde - Minister of environment and national beautification 

Dwight Sutherland - Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment

Charles Griffith - Minister in the Ministry of Water Resources 

Peter Philips - Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security 



Those removed from their previous posts include Trevor Prescod, George Payne, Edmund Hinkson and Lucille Moe. 

"This is not a case of dismissing anyone. I want to make it clear that I am committed to ensuring that each former member of the cabinet is utilised in this country in a manner or furtherance of the work of this government or this nation," Prime Minister Mottley remarked. 

Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs Neil Rowe was also removed from his post.

What's next?

The prime minister also stated that Parliament will be prorogued on August 8 and resume with a new session on September 15 with a new throne speech which will address the government's direction going forward.

Mottley told the country that ahead of her announcement she met with the Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason to discuss the matter at Government House, earlier today (July 22).

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