Press Release - Office of the Prime Minister - The Prime Minister,
Hon. Said Musa, has announced a re-alignment of the portfolios of
Ministers of the Cabinet to provide more effective management of the
affairs of Government.
The Prime Minister will assume the responsibility of National
Development, incorporating economic planning, poverty elimination
projects and governance improvement. The Hon. Francis Fonseca will take
on full responsibility for the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.
The portfolio subject of Investment has been transferred to the
Hon. Mark Espat, in addition to his responsibilities as Minister of
Tourism and Culture. The former Minister of Investment and Foreign
Trade, Hon. Eamon Courtenay, becomes Attorney General and Minister of
Foreign Minister Hon. Godfrey Smith now has added responsibility
for Defense and National Emergency Management; while Hon. Sylvia Flores
assumes the portfolio responsibility as Minister of Human Development.
Hon. Marcial Mes continues to be responsible for Local Government and
Hon. Vildo Marin will now be responsible for Health and
Communications; and Hon. Jose Coye takes over the Ministry of Works.
The Hon. Cordel Hyde assumes additional responsibility for Transport,
while retaining the subject of Housing.
Consequent to the realignment of Ministerial portfolios announced
on Monday, January 5th, 2004, the Prime Minister informed Cabinet on
the appointment of four Ministers of State (Hon. Rodwell Ferguson, to
the Ministry of Home Affairs; Hon. Ainslie Leslie, Ministry of Natural
Resources; Hon. Dave Burgos, Ministry of Public Works; and Hon. Ismael
Cal, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries).
Cabinet also agreed to the deployment of Chief Executive Officers
(CEO) to the various Ministries. There have been no substantial changes
in the assignments of CEOs. CEOs for the Ministries of National
Development and Human Development will be appointed shortly.