PM Mottley names 30-member Cabinet, along with 12 Govt Senators

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Newly installed Prime Minister Mia Mottley today announced a 30-member Cabinet, including two ambassadorial-level advisors.

These are former Deputy Prime Minister Dame Billie Miller, who is to be appointed Ambassador at Large and Plenipotentiary, and economist Dr Clyde Mascoll, who is to be appointed as Chief Economic Counsellor in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs and Investment headed by Mottley.

In making the announcement, the Prime Minister said Dame Billie and Mascoll would attend Cabinet as necessary given the task that is required to get Barbados out of its “perilous” economic state.

In addition to the key finance and economic affairs portfolios, the Prime Minister will also have responsibility for national security, as part of the enlarged Cabinet team, which also includes a new Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy to be headed by development specialist Kirk Humphrey; and a Ministry of the Creative Economy to be headed by entertainer John King, who will also take charge of the culture and sports portfolios.

There is also a People’s Empowerment and Elders Affairs Ministry, headed by Member of Parliament for St Thomas Cynthia Forde, as part of the new-look Cabinet, which has ten more members than the previous Freundel Stuart-led administration.

The full team is to be sworn in here on Sunday.

The Primer Minister also announced  a total of 12 new senators, with Barbados Labour Party (BLP) elder Sir Richard Cheltenham heading the list. He is to be appointed President of the Senate while another BLP stalwart and former Cabinet minister Rudolph “Cappy” Greenidge is due to be appointed his deputy.

Today Mottley also revealed some key appointments to be made to the Parliament once it is convened.

These include successful St Michael Central candidate Arthur Holder to the position of Speaker of the House; Member of Parliament for St George North Glyne Clarke as his deputy and Member of Parliament for St Philip North Dr Sonia Browne as Chairman of Committees.

Rounding off today’s appointments by the new Prime Minister, who took the oath of office before Governor General Dame Sandra Mason yesterday following her party’s overwhelming victory at the polls in which it claimed all 30 seats at stake, are those of ex-diplomat Jessica Odle-Baril as Mottley’s Personal Aide and Pat Parris, the former executive assistant to the Leader of the Opposition, as Director of Public Affairs in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Mottley is also to finalize by Monday the appointment of a Director of Communications and Social Media to fill the traditional role of Press Secretary in the Government.

She also served notice that some “czars” would soon be appointed in mission critical areas.

Following is the full Cabinet announced by Mottley today:

Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs and Investment – Mia Mottley

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs – Dale Marshall

Minister of Education, Technological & Vocational Training and Leader of Government Business – Santia Bradshaw

Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development – George Payne

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and Leader of Government Business in the Senate – Senator Dr Jerome Walcott

Minister of International Business and Industry – Ronald Toppin

Minister of Environment and National Beautification – Trevor Prescod

Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs – Cynthia Forde

Minister of Tourism and International Transport – Kerrie Symmonds

Minister of Transport Works and Maintenance  – Dr William Duguid

Minister of Health and Wellness – Jeffrey Bostic

Minister of Home Affairs – Edmund Hinkson

Minister of Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce – Dwight Sutherland

Minister of Energy and Water Resources – Wilfred Abrahams

Minister in the Ministry of Finance – Ryan Straughn

Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Investment – Marsha Caddle

Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade – Sandra Husbands

Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations – Colin Jordan

Minister in the Ministry of Housing, Lands and Rural Development – Charles Griffith

Minister of Youth and Community Empowerment – Adrian Forde

Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy – Kirk Humphrey

Minister of Agriculture and Food Security – Indar Weir

Minister in the Ministry of Transport Works and Maintenance – Peter Phillips

Minister of the Creative Economy, Culture and Sports – John King

Minister of Innovation, Science and Smart Technology – Senator Kay McConney

Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Public Affairs- Senator Lucille Moe

Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Technological & Vocational Training  – Senator Dr Rommel Springer

Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of People’s Empowerment and Elder Affairs – Neil Rowe

Chief Economic Counsellor  – Ambassador Dr Clyde Mascoll

Ambassador at Large and Plenipotentiary – Dame Billie Miller

 

The full list of Government Senators are:

Senator Sir Richard Cheltenham

Senator Rudolph Cappy Greenidge

Senator Dr Jerome Walcott

Senator Kay McConney

Senator Lucille Moe

Senator Roland Adams

Senator Lisa Cummins

Senator Rudy Grant

Senator Dr Rommel Springer

Senator Lynette Holder

Senator Damien Sands

Senator Dr Chrystal Haynes

 

 

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