Hon. Daryl Vaz was the Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with responsibility for the Land, Environment, Climate Change and Investment portfolios.
On June 24, 2020, he assumed responsibility for the Water and Housing Portfolios and subject matters having to do with certain special economic development projects.
Minister Vaz has served Jamaica in several capacities. He is a former Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Information and Telecommunications. He also served as a former Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Project Implementation and Service Delivery.
He was an Opposition Spokesman on Land and the Environment as well as ICT and Digital Society Development.
Minister Vaz is the sitting Member of Parliament for Western Portland, a seat he has held since 2007. Among his achievements in Western Portland is the completion of the Fruitful Vale Multipurpose Complex. This multi-agency project was completed through the collaboration of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund, CHASE and the Sports Development Foundation at a cost of approximately J$26 million. This project included the repair of a community centre, the creation of a playfield and multi-purpose hard court.
Through the Digicel Foundation, Minister Vaz also created a community enterprise called the Fruitful Vale Life Improvement Project that is currently providing part time employment for scores of persons in the constituency while providing poultry meat at an affordable cost for educational institutions and small local businesses.
During the course of his political career, Minister Vaz served as Deputy Treasurer of the Jamaica Labour Party, a post he held from 2006 to 2010.
An astute businessman, Minister Vaz was the Founding President of the Jamaica Used Car Dealers Association.
He attended Mona Preparatory, Campion College and Miami Dade Community College in Miami, Florida.
He is married to Ann-Marie Theresa Vaz and they have five children.