Barbados PM to prorogue parliament

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By Caribbean News Global contributor

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley in an address to the nation Wednesday, July 22 announced that the government has determined that it is necessary to take a fresh guard and that parliament will be prorogued on August 8, 2020, resuming in a new session on  September 15, 2020, with a new Throne Speech and with a new direction to meet extraordinarily different circumstances.

“I have today, Wednesday, July 22, met with Her Excellency, the Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason, and have advised her Excellency to effect some changes, as would allow for the following new-look Cabinet of ministers of Barbados,” prime minister Mottley said.

“We must position this country in order to be able to transform itself and to become world-class. It is against this background that we are making the changes to the structure of government to better prepare us to meet the challenges ahead.”

Cabinet Reshuffled – Prime Minister Mia Mottley 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 on Wednesday evening, 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.

Posted by The Nation Barbados on Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The full list of ministers and their portfolios are as follows:

  • Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley – Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs and Investment;
  • Dale Marshall – Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, with responsibility for the Police;
  • Santia Bradshaw – Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training;
  • Senator Dr Jerome Walcott – Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade;
  • Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic – Minister of Health and Wellness;
  • Dr William Duguid – Minister of Housing, Lands and Maintenance;
  • Ronald Toppin –  Minister of Industry and International Business;
  • Kerrie Symmonds – Minister of Energy, Small Business and Entrepreneurship;
  • Cynthia Forde – Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs;
  • Senator Lisa Cummins – Minister of Tourism and International Transport;
  • Ian Gooding-Edghill – Minister of Transport, Works and Water Resources;
  • Adrian Forde – Minister of the Environment and National Beautification;
  • Wilfred Abrahams – Minister of Home Affairs, Information and Public Affairs;
  • Ryan Straughn – Minister in the Ministry of Finance
  • Marsha Caddle – Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Investment;
  • Sandra Husbands – Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade;
  • Colin Jordan – Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations;
  • Charles Griffith – Minister in the Ministry of Water Resources;
  • Dwight Sutherland – Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment;
  • Kirk Humphrey – Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy;
  • Indar Weir – Minister of Agriculture and Food Security;
  • Peter Phillips – Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security;
  • John King – Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office with responsibility for Culture and Rural Development Commission and eventually the National Development Commission;
  • Senator Dr Romel Springer – Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training;
  • Senator Kay McConney – Minister of Innovation, Science and Smart Technology.

“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 the furtherance of the work of this government and of this nation. They are all capable individuals who have much to offer Barbados and I will be leaning on them, with their permission, in some form or fashion, to assist with the execution of our mandate to be effective as a government …”

Prime minister thanked George Payne, Edmund Hinkson, Trevor Prescod, Neil Rowe, and Senator Lucille Moe for their contributions over the past two years. And congratulated the new ministers, “they had distinguished themselves as competent, hard workers, with a capacity and resolve to get the job done. I was impressed with their stewardships as chairman of the National Insurance Scheme and the Transport Board, in the case of Gooding-Edghill, and Senator Cummins with the Barbados Port Inc,” the prime minister stated, “I look forward to the same ingenuity, tenacity and penchant for hard work and success with respect to all who are being reappointed,” she said.

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