Prime Minister Mia Mottley has made several changes to the Cabinet of Barbados, shuffling out some of those who were appointed in May 2018 and promoting others from the back bench or the Senate.
In an address from Ilaro Court last evening, Ms Mottley said it was time to make changes to the team which would direct Barbados’ policy in a “post-COVID” environment, even as she acknowledged the virus was here to stay.
CARICOM Today reported that Barbados Parliament will be prorogued on August 8, and a new session will take effect on September 15.
Prime Minister Mottley said she communicated this to Governor General Dame Sandra Mason in their meeting yesterday and there will also be a new Throne Speech.
Mottley said she will remain as Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs and Investment.
- Dale Marshall QC remains as the Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs with responsibility for Police still.
- Bradshaw remains as Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training as she was.
- Dr. Jerome Walcott remains as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.
- Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, Minister of Health and Wellness. He remains.
- William Duguid shall now become Minister of Housing, Lands and Maintenance.
- Ronald Toppin remains Minister of Industry and International Business.
- Kerrie Symmonds will now become Minister of Energy, Small Business and entrepreneurship.
- Cynthia Forde remains as Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs.
- Lisa Cummins to become Minister for Tourism and International Transport.
- Ian Gooding-Edghill to become Minister of Transport, Works and Water Resources.
- Forde becomes Minister of the Environment and National Beautification.
- Wilfred Abrahams becomes the Minister of Home Affairs, Information and Public Affairs.
- Ryan Straughn remains as Minister in the Ministry of Finance and the Marsha Caddle remains Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Investment.
- Sandra Husbands – Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade – as she was.
- Colin Jordan remains as Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations and the Third Sector.
- Charles Griffith will now move as Minister to be the Minister in the Ministry of Water Resources.
- Dwight Sutherland will become the Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment.
- Humphrey remains as Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy.
- Indar Weir remains Minister of Agriculture and Food Security.
- Peter Phillips goes as Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.
- John King becomes Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office with Culture coming to the Prime Minister’s Office and Rural Development Commission and the Urban Development Commission moving to become a National Development Commission.
- Rommel Springer is Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training.
- Kay McConney remains Minister of Innovation, Science and Smart Technology.