Prime Minister repositions Ministers

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 14, No. 1            January 15, 2004

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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 Trade.

   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 Labor.

   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.



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