Rowley sworn in

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley, takes the oath of office, August 19, 2020. (GP)
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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Prime Minister Dr Keith Christopher Rowley was on Wednesday sworn into office for a second consecutive term at the head of a 22-member Cabinet, promising to implement policies aimed at significantly changing the socio-economic conditions in Trinidad and Tobago.

Rowley, who led the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) to victory in the August 10 general elections over the main opposition United National Congress (UNC), unveiled a cabinet consisting of young and experienced politicians.

These included returning Finance Minister Colm Imbert, the Minister of Energy and Energy Industries Franklin Khan, as well as the Minister of Planning and Development, Camille Robinson-Regis and Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi.

Also returning to the Cabinet is the Minister of National Security Stuart Young, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh and Shamfa Cudjoe as the Minister of Sports and Community Development.

Among the new faces in the Cabinet is Brian Manning, the son for the late former prime minister Patrick Manning, who will serve as Minister in the Ministry of Finance.

Rowley told the new Cabinet members that their tenure is best counted as 60 months, rather than years, adding “sometimes when you count this period in years, some people fall asleep.

“Rest assured that nobody in this government will be allowed to fall asleep because …performance will be reviewed on an ongoing basis (and) as Prime Minister I assume full responsibility and I want to thank the national community for giving me another opportunity to continue in public service.

“I want to give you the assurance, your Excellency, that all my colleagues will observe the Oath of Office taken here today and to conduct the business of the people of Trinidad and Tobago in keeping with that oath”.

The following is the full list of the new Cabinet.

Dr Keith Christopher Rowley, Prime Minister

Faris Al-Rawi, Attorney General

Clarence Rambharat, Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries

Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Education

Franklin Khan, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries

Colm Imbert, Minister of Finance

Dr Amery Browne, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs

Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health

Penelope Beckles, Minister of Housing and Urban Development

Steve Mc Clashie, Minister of Labour

Kazim Imtiaz Hosein, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development

Stuart Richard Young, Minister of National Security

Camille Robinson-Regis, Minister of Planning and Development

Allyson West, Minister of Public Administration and Digital Transformation

Marvin Gonzales, Minister of Public Utilities

Donna Cox, Minister of Social Development and Family Services

Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Sport and Community Development

Randall Mitchell, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts

Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry and Enterprise Development

Rohan Sinanan, Minister of Works and Transport

Fitzgerald Ethelbert Hinds, Minister of Youth Development and National Service

Avinash Singh, Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries

Lisa Morris-Julian, Minister in the Ministry of Education

Brian Manning, Minister in the Ministry of Finance

Adrian Leonce, Minister in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

Renuka Sagramsingh-Sooklal, Minister in the Office of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs

Ayanna Webster-Roy, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister

Stuart Richard Young, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister

Symon de Nobriga, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister

Hassell Bacchus, Minister in the Ministry of Public Administration and Digital Transformation

Foster Cummings, Minister in the Ministry of Works and Transport.

Source Nation News

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