Energy Minister Franklin Khan has died, after being treated for heart disease for many years.
In late 2016, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young denied reports that Khan had a coronary failure while vacationing in Thailand.
However, Minister Young affirmed that Minister Khan was hospitalized. He said it was because of a viral disease prompting abundance liquid in his lungs.
In February 2017, Khan disappeared in the wake of having a medical procedure for heart-related issues.
Khan had the operation done soon after his re-visitation of T&T from Thailand.
The Government said then that Khan’s medical procedure was effective and he would stay on leave while he recovered.
In April 2020 he went through another operation.
Khan is initially from Guayaguayare, a town on Trinidad’s east coast.
Following the 2015 general election, Mr. Franklin Khan was appointed to the Senate as a member of the 11th Parliament. He was appointed Minister of Rural Development and Local Government on September 11, 2015.
Mr. Khan was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Ortoire/Mayaro in 2002. He was then appointed Minister of Works and Transport, a position which he held until May 2005.
Franklin Khan is a Petroleum Geologist by calling, having gone through twenty years in the energy area both locally and abroad in a wide scope of positions both at the specialized and administrative levels.
Congressperson Khan holds a BSc Degree in Geology and Geography (1980) from the UWI (Mona) Jamaica, and a MBA (2007) from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, UWI (Trinidad).
Expertly, Senator Khan filled in as President of the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago on two events. He likewise filled in as a Director of the Water and Sewage Authority (WASA) (1986-1990) and as Chairman of National Petroleum Marketing Co. Ltd. (NPMC) from 2001-2002.
In government, under the Patrick Manning organization, he filled in as Minister of Works and Transport from 2002 to 2005, and as Member of Parliament for Ortoire/Mayaro from 2002 to 2007. In 2015, he was delegated as the Minister of Rural Development and Local Government in the Keith Rowley organization, and in 2016, he was selected as the Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, a place that he presently holds.
His government portfolios over the years were:
- Minister of Energy and Energy Industries: 19 August, 2020 – Present
- Minister of Energy and Energy Industries: 31 October, 2016 – 9 August, 2020
- Minister of Rural Development and Local Government: 11 September, 2015 – 30 October, 2016
- Government Member: 14 May, 2005 – 28 September, 2007
- Minister of Works and Transport: 15 October, 2002 – 13 May, 2005
Khan is survived by his spouse Laura, and two kids.