PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCES
NEW MINISTERIAL PORTFOLIOS
St John's, 26th June
. Prime Minister Lester Bird today announced new
Ministerial portfolios following both the resignation last week of Senator
Asot Michael from his Ministerial appointments and a High Court judgement yesterday
ordering Mr Guy Yearwood to vacate his seat in the Senate.
The Prime Minister said that, in keeping with High Court order
he revoked Mr Guy Yearwood's appointment, and will re-appoint him
as a Senator since he has relinquished his Canadian citizenship
in compliance with the law.
With respect to the two portfolios previously held by Senator
Asot Michael, Mr Bird revealed that he has decided to keep the
Ministry of Public Works under his own portfolio, and, to facilitate
this, he is relinquishing a number of other responsibilities including
the Ministry of Finance which will be assigned to Deputy Prime
Minister Robin Yearwood as an additional responsibility to his
some of his existing Ministerial responsibilities.
The Prime Minister disclosed that at a meeting last Friday with
his Cabinet, it had been decided to appoint a three-man Cabinet
Committee headed by Deputy Prime Minister Robin Yearwood and including
Ministers Molwyn Joseph and Gaston Browne to hold discussions with
the private sector on ways in which the Government could help in
the expansion of business activity. "The addition of the Ministry
of Finance to Deputy Prime Minister Robin Yearwood's portfolio
will greatly assist him to hold meaningful discussions with the
private sector", Mr Bird said.
To further facilitate the work of the three-man Cabinet Committee,
the Prime Minster said that he has decided to re-allocate some
of responsibilities from himself and Deputy Prime Minister Robin
Yearwood to Ministers Molwyn Joseph and Gaston Browne. Responsibility
for Economic Development and Investment promotion will be added
to Minister Joseph's portfolios, and Minister Gaston Browne will
be entrusted with the further portfolios of the Free Trade and
Processing Zone and Transportation.
Mr Longford Jeremy has been appointed a full Minister. He will
have responsibility for Home Affairs, Local Government, Information
and Youth Empowerment. Senator Guy Yearwood has been re-appointed
as a Minister with responsibility for Sports and Carnival.
The Prime Minister said, "I am sure that the Honourable Longford Jeremy
will carry out the functions of Minister of Home Affairs and Information with
great credit. His organisational skills and experience as a businessman will
make for a smooth assumption of office".
The new and amended portfolios are as follows:
Honourable Lester B Bird:
Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Public Works, CARICOM and OECS
Affairs, Overseas Representation, Defence, Coast Guard, Military, National
Security, Merchant Shipping and Shipping Registration, Printing, Office of
National Drug Control and Money laundering Policy, Financial Services Regulatory
Commission, Telecommunications, Immigration, Information Technology and the
IT Centre, Data Bank (NCC), Energy, Law, Courts, Director of Public Prosecutions,
Registrar and Provost marshal, Magistrates, Industrial Court, Law Reform,
Legal Aid, Legislature
Honourable Robin Yearwood:
Deputy Prime Minster and Minister of Finance, Financial Secretary's Office,
Treasury, Income Tax, Customs, Post office, Audit, Property Valuation Divisions,
Inland Revenue Division, Social Security Scheme, Sea Ports, Harbours, Port
Authority, Tax Compliance Unit, Antigua Public Utilities Authority, Civil
Aviation, Metrology, V C Bird International Airport, Housing, Central Housing
and Planning Authority
Honourable Molwyn Joseph:
Minister of Tourism, Economic Development. and Environment, Tourism development,
Investment Promotion, Deep Bay Development Corporation, Beach Protection,
Honourable Gaston Browne:
Minister of Public Service, Trade, Planning and Implementation, Planning, Statistics,
Implementations, Public Service Affairs, Training Division, Human Resources
Development and Management Services, Work Experience Programme, Public Service
Reform, Transportation, Free Trade and Processing Zone, Domestic, CARICOM
and OECS Trade, Bureau of Standards, Price Control, Consumer Protection,
Small Business Development, Commerce, Supply Office, Manufacturing, Antigua
and Barbuda Development Bank, Industrial development board.
Honourable Longford Jeremy:
Minister of Home affairs, Youth Empowerment and Information. Non-formal youth
skills, Public Information and Broadcasting, Home Affairs, Local Government,
Community Development, Ecclesiastical Affairs, Independence Celebrations.
Honourable John E St Luce:
Minister of Health, Social Improvement and Community Development, Hospitals,
Hospital Board, Medical General, Medical Benefits Scheme, Social Improvement,
Fiennes Institute, Central Board of Health, Aids Secretariat, Mental Hospital,
Health Information, Health Education, Single Parents, Poverty Eradication,
Mentally Handicapped and Physically Challenged, Social welfare, Care for
the Elderly, Gender Affairs, Alliance for Social Well Being, Citizens Welfare
Division, Drug Rehabilitation Programme and Reduction, Barbuda Affairs and
National Parks Authority.
Senator Honourable Guy Yearwood:
Minister of Sport and Carnival; Carnival Development Corporation.